Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fresh Orange II ~ New Painting.

Fresh Orange II
5" x 7"
Oil on Canvas Panel
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I originally painted this composition in 2008. It is hard to believe it has been two years! It seems like yesterday. I loved painting it then and it was just as fun the second time around.

Fresh Orange II was painted using professional artist grade oil paint on a small canvas panel. Painting can be framed or placed on a small display easel. Painting was finished with a light coat of varnish.

I am busy finishing the lily pond paintings. I started painting two different compositions, now it is going to be three. I am going to do a rendition of one of Monets' paintings of a woman in a boat in the pond at Giverny. Hopefully, they will all be finished by the end of the week.

Next up, the ballerina paintings are going to be finished and I am beginning a large pear painting (16" x 20").

Thanks for stopping by and check back again soon.

Torrie

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Paintings Available at the Cleveland County Heart Ball

On Point II
18" x 24"
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Field of Poppies III
16" x 20"
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas


On Point III and Field of Poppies III was requested to be included in the silent auction at the Cleveland County Heart Ball in Shelby, North Carolina, February 27, 2010.


The 2010 Cleveland County Heart Ball is one of the region’s premier black-tie events. For the past several years, the Cleveland County Heart Ball has attracted the city’s largest companies and most recognized corporate, healthcare and social leaders. It is the mission of the American Heart Association to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The association's impact goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. For more information regarding the American Heart Association and upcoming events, click here.

This is the second year I have participated in the event. I am planning to continue working with the Heart Association and their Annual Heart Ball in the coming years.

Now, back to painting~

Thanks for stopping by,

Torrie


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Three Oranges, New Challenge Painting

Three Oranges
8" x 10"
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
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This is the first challenge painting with http://www.rookiepainter.blogspot.com/ The group blog started when Karin Jurick took a break from heading up the "Different Strokes From Different Folks" challenge painting blog. I loved this composition and was excited to participate with this new group of painters. I can't wait for the next challenge.

This composition had dramatic lighting with a flat back background. I wanted to add depth to the background so I mixed my black color using just about every color I had available and then used Mars Black right from the tube to add the shadow. I am happy with the way it turned out. I might have to do this one again, but BIGGER!

This painting is currently available for purchase in all the usual places, my website, my Etsy.com store, or by using the Paypal button above.

I am almost caught up with all the commissions, I am finishing up my Lily Pond paintings and the paintings for the upcoming Heart Gala in Shelby, North Carolina. I will post the pictures soon.

Well, time to get busy! Thanks for stopping by,

Torrie

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lemons on Blue - Happy Valentine's Day!

Lemons On Blue
6" x 6"
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
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Happy Valentine's Day!

Lemons on Blue was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a gallery wrapped museum quality canvas with painted side to allow for hanging without a frame. This painting can also be placed on a small display easel. Lemons on Blue was finished with a light coat of varnish.

This painting is available for purchase using the PayPal button above or purchasing from my website, or my Etsy.com store.

Painting today. I am getting paintings ready for upcoming painting challenges. I am working on a still life painting of three oranges against a dark background. In the reference photo, the background appears to be black. I am going to mix a bunch of colors and make my own black instead of using a flat black color. Hopefully this will add depth and interest to the background of the painting. Hopefully, I will have it finished and posted by tomorrow evening. Here is the link to this months' challenge http://www.rookiepainter.blogspot.com/ Wish me luck!

Well, off to mix paint~

Torrie

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

New Painting Available, Red Apple and Lemons

Red Apple and Lemons

6" x 6"

Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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Taking a break from painting pears, I painted lemons and an apple. This small painting is available for purchase by using the Paypal link above or you can purchase it in my Etsy.com store.

I am almost finished with the Lily pond painting that was commissioned. It is coming along nicely. In between working on the pond painting, I have been painting lemon still life paintings.

I have to finish a large ballerina painting for the upcoming heart gala in March and then I have a long list of paintings I want to complete now that I am back to painting. Coming soon will be poppy landscapes, roosters, I am even thinking of painting a cat. I have so many ideas, I need to make use of my sketch book and write these ideas down before they disappear from my brain, only to be replaced by something less important or colorful.

Well, it is late and the intermittent wireless is aggravating. Check back tomorrow for another new lemon painting.

Thanks for stopping by,

Torrie

www.torriesmiley.com

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

New Paintings Completed~

Lemons and Red Bowl IV
8" x 10"
Acrylic on Canvas Panel
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The Robin's Nest
8" x 10"
Acrylic on Canvas Panel
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The Cow
11" x 14"
Acrylic on Canvas Panel
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I have finished with this group of commissioned paintings that were to be completed before Christmas. The customers have been so nice and patient waiting on me to get back to work. I have a few more to get finished.
Up next:
I am painting Monet's Lily Pond at Giverny. I have a customer who has bought two of my lily pond paintings and has commissioned a third to go with the grouping. I will be painting the lily pond and including Monet's green boat that he featured in his paintings. This should be a fun commission to do.
Last but not least, I will be finishing up paintings that have been promised to the American Heart Association for the upcoming gala and auction.
It is nice to be back to painting on a regular basis.
Thanks for stopping by,
Torrie