Category: A Painted Life

+ Nick's Rosy Cheeks

Nick’s Rosy Cheeks

This is a 9″x12″ original oil painting. Painted on wood panel. Frame not included. The frame can be displayed without a frame. Rosy cheeks buffeted by the blowing snow, Nick walked toward his waiting sleigh. Pulling his heavy jacket close about his face, he prepared for the evening’s journey. Undaunted by the coming weather, he brushed the snow off the cushioned seat and sat, … Read More Nick’s Rosy Cheeks


8.0 Dark Raven

Dark Raven is right. Phew I wanted him dark and moody and I definitely went all in. First bird in oil and I think he will fit right in with my Halloween decor for October.


7.0 Country Path

Size: 9×12Medium: Oils What I’ve learned in oils so far. I never think I’m doing it correctly or think I’m going to like it until the last 20 or 10 minutes. Once I add the finishing touches of lights and shadows it all comes together. Kinda like magic and don’t we all need a little magic now and then in our everyday lives? Talk … Read More 7.0 Country Path


6.0 Apple Harvest

9 x 11.5 Oil on Wood Board Apple Harvest is based on a photo by Tiffany Anthony.  Here is my impression. I love dark reds and moody paintings. It’s apple season here. The harvest isn’t great this year most likely due to a surprise storm in the spring and dry weather. You can still find an apple here or there to pluck from the branches.


5.0 Pumpkins and Peppercorns

Tis the season for everything pumpkin. I was feeling dark and moody for Autumn. I found this still life photo on Unsplash from Fraizer Dunleavy. Oil painting 5 is done and on to the next. 


4.0 Red Pear

After the berry day, I had to go back to the pears for a boost of confidence. Happy little red pear.


3.0 Blackberry

Blackberry was a class study piece. I think if I redid it again, I would make the bowl bigger than suggested in class and do the check pattern differently. Of course, I think I’m thinking acrylics because doing the background and then laying out the blue pattern would be easy. In oils, it may get muddy. Here we did each section at a time … Read More 3.0 Blackberry


1.0 The Silver Cup

So come on my journey while I dabble in oil painting. I’ve always been bemused with oils. They seemed like an unattainable goal. During college, I never was taught oil painting. The painting classes I had weren’t very helpful. We met twice a week and painted and critiqued each other’s work. Some of my pieces were shown in student shows and juried shows. This … Read More 1.0 The Silver Cup