Floral & Still Life Paintings

“Cerulean Study” – watercolor still life painting

Being a dedicated "en plein air" painter, it is clear that I like to work from direct observation. This is true, even for my studio work. As a general rule, I like to have an arrangement of various objects - a still life, if you will - set up in the studio all the...

“Vase of Black-Eyed Susans” – watercolor still life painting

"Vase Of Black-Eyed Susans"   This is a studio painting done from direct observation. The nice thing about a studio still life is that it is possible to set things up as you like. In this case, I was able to set up a composition that features two complementary colors...

“Honey & Fig Jars on Table”

March 15, 2014 - "Honey & Fig Jars on Table", 7" x 10" Both of these clear jars are beautiful in their simplicity.  Crystal clear glass, well formed and without flaws.  In contrast to yesterday's post, these two actually distort the objects behind very little....

“A Glass Vase”

March 14, 2014 - "A Glass Vase", 7" x 10" Another invisible object, made visible by the objects around it. This is one of my wife's vases.  It has an bulb shaped body  and a flared opening at the top. It shape is formed with rounded facets, so that reflections and...

“Blue, Green & Clear Glass on White”

March 13, 2014 - "Blue, Green & Clear Glass on White", 7" x 10" Talk about invisible!  Clear glass on a white background. So, the challenge with this still life painting was to bring clear objects out of the white background.  There was a bit of a cheat in since...

“Two Jars, Two Bottles”

March 12, 2014 - "Two Jars, Two Bottles", 7" x 10" matted and mounted to a standard size of 11" x 14 It's hard to take a landscape painter out of the landscape! You might call this one a hybrid.  The background scene out the window - on a sunny day this time - from...

“Two Bottles, Two Jars”

March 11, 2014 - "Two Bottles, Two Jars", 7" x 10" matted and mounted to a standard size of 11" x 14" Another glass composition.  Two green bottles and two clear jars.  This painting is a close up, relatively, compared to yesterday's post. Only one of the objects is...

“Studio Glass”

March 10, 2014 - "Studio Glass", 7" x 10" Did I say winter is coming to an end? It is, but for today and the next few days, it's back - nothing but clouds and gloom outside today. Which is just fine. It was in the plan to do a week of painting glass objects, so this...

“Studio Objects II” – watercolor still life painting

February 19, 2014 - "Studio Objects II", 7" x 10" Same objects, different day.  Outside the snow was falling again on a cloudy, gray day. But, with yesterday's still life still sitting on the table, it was easy to remove a couple, add a couple more, change my point of...

“Studio Objects” – watercolor still life painting

February 18, 2014 - "Studio Objects", 7" x 10" Another gray winter day - snow falling, gray skies, no light.  A good day for indoor watercolor work! I suppose every artists studio has a collection of objects - some common, others not - that can be used for quick...