I started this during the summer, but put it aside for awhile. Sometimes I get stuck on where to go next, so it sat for awhile, out of sight. Somehow this little break helps me see the error of my ways and I am able to rescue the painting. Sometimes. Some are never successful so they get wripped up and thrown away in frustration. Every single painting is a learning experience, whether it works out or it doesn't. 8"X 8" on Sennelier paper. Collected.
I love this old barn with it's cupola's, weathered wood, broken boards and overgrowth of trees and shrubs. We stopped here one day to get pumpkins, but I was throughly distracted by the barn and other buildings. The owner was wonderful, he let me take a million photographs. He said he almost lost the cupola's with the hurricane Ike winds that blew through here in September. He also said many people stop by and ask if they can buy them. That's just wrong on so many levels as my daughter would say. Some stuff you just can't own. This barn is on route 48 just north of Downtown Lebanon, Ohio about 3 or 4 miles. Here is a little history on cupola's compliments of Wikipedia.
In architecture, a cupola or lantern is a radially symmetrical ornamental structure (often dome-shaped or quadrilateral) located on top of a larger roof or dome, often used as a lookout or to admit light and provide ventilation. The word comes, through Italian, from the lower Latin cupula (classical Latin cupella from the Greek kupellon) small cup (lat. cupa) indicating a vault resembling an upside down cup. In some cases, the entire main roof of a tower or spire can form a single cupola. More frequently, however, the cupola comprises a smaller structure which sits on top of the main roof. If the cupola can be reached by climbing a stairway inside the building, it is referred to as a belvedere or widow's walk. Some cupolas, called lanterns, have small windows which illuminate the areas below. In the Victorian architecture, often seen in older homes of Upstate New York, New Jersey and northern Pennsylvania, especially in the Finger Lakes region, cupolas are often seen as a small room that extends above the main roof line. They may be square, rectangular, octagonal or round. In local folklore, they are regarded as Indian lookouts, but they may have also been created simply to offer a scenic view, which fits with the other name, belvedere, an Italian term denoting a fair view. The term cupola is also often used for a projection above the roof of a barn, which is primarily there for ventilation purposes. 7"X7" Watercolor on Paper. $100.00 email@example.com Copyright Linda McCoy 2008
Ok, I am a little early with these. I was at an open house at ArtonSymmes Gallery and spotted these lovely ornaments. I always think I am over my obession with painting glass until I see something that intrigues me. Soon my paintbrush is flying. This one is nice and bright. You can see more of these at http://www.artonsymmes.com/. The glass section in Sherry's Gallery is awesome. I always make it a point whenever I can to shop local small business. If the economy is killing the retail giants can you imagine what is happening to your favorite locally owned stores? Besides, whenever I am in these shops I always find something unusual and unique. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00 firstname.lastname@example.org for purchase info. Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy
Barbara Haukenberry was a great and spirited collector of art. She purchased many pieces from the Daily Painters Gallery. One cold February morning I received an email from her asking about purchasing baby mockingbird painting. She was so excited about the painting. We emailed back and fourth about the baby birds, and what good mothers the mockingbirds were. Barbara would be a little sad if she knew the story of this painting. This little robin's egg was found under a tree in our yard. Unhappily the nest was no where to be found. Barbara passed away a short time ago. The planet, artists, and the creatures she loved will miss her spirit. To see more tributes to Barbara click on the Daily Painters Widget. Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy 6"X6" oil on canvas
Just a little color for today. Even though winter is huffing and puffing just around the corner, the garden and nursery shops are filled with Pansy flats. They're still bright and hardy and if we treat them carefully they'll last into the winter.
I purchased this ornament at a department store. A nice beaded thing, it was hanging there on a tree tempting me to try all of those beady, glittering decorations. Never one to ignore a painting challenge I set up a little tree at home and painted away. These are fun. I painted a few last year, and they seemed to be well received so I thought I would try again.
So Linda you ask, this is nice but what on earth do I do with it? Well, once I decorated a tree for a charity event and placed the paintings right on the tree. The tree was auctioned off to the highest bidder and when the holiday season was over they gave the paintings to the office staff. Since each painting is gallery wrapped and comes with a hanger affixed to the back, they can be hung anywhere. Or, they could decorate a mantel. Or they could perch on a little table top easel.
I'm a little early this year. I painted it now so I would have enough time to have a Christmas card made using my own image. Enjoy, the holiday's are just around the corner!
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00 email@example.com Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy
I love this little waterfall in Sharon Woods, Sharonville Ohio. This is the view standing on the stone bridge. The water is fairly still as it nears the bridge, and the reflections from the autumn leaves are quite lovely. This is the way it looked to me today, quiet, lots of people just walking around enjoying the cooler temperatures. Dogs walking people and kids walking parents. Just a nice bright day. 6"X6" Oil on stretched gallery wrapped canvas. $100.00 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy
7"X7" Watercolor on Sennelier paper. Stopped by Nyla's Flowers, http://flowersbynyla.com/ in Westchester, Ohio just browsing around. I always find something unexpected there. I ended up with a huge lily stem, I'm waiting for the rest to open. Meanwhile, this morning this one was in the bright sunlight.
This painting was posted earlier, but in a smaller image. It is being featured in an American Art Collector ad for the Daily Painters Gallery. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas $100.00 email@example.com Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy
Sometime ago, I completed a painting of my daughter writing( Posted 9-28-07.) Lali posted the painting on her blog. We keep in touch via our blogs, and vow one day to meet for coffee. On her post of September 21 2008 she posted a photograph that she took. I was struck by the light bouncing around everywhere, and the two figures both reading. So much intrigue in one photo. Perhaps they are reading the same book? Same chapter? Should they meet? In the painting much of the original photo was cropped to focus on the people and sunlight. A visit to Lali's blog is quite an experience even if you do not know French. Lali writes beautifully, and the paintings and photo's are magnificent. Many thanks to Lali for allowing me to use her photo for a reference and yes, one day we shall meet for coffee!
7"X7" Watercolor on Sennelier Paper. These little watercolors look best when matted with a wide (I prefer a three inch white) mat. This one would look nice in a thin silver frame. I like the clean look of transparent watercolor. I may head to the framer today with this one. $100.00, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a paypal invoice if you wish to purchase. Copyright Linda McCoy 2008
My daughter Bree purchased the "pumpkin tree" for me. At first I wasn't sure how to paint them since the branch is so long. I finally figured out if it was to fit on a small daily painting it would have to be shortened. Thorny little rascals, I was in a hurry to trim them so I could get them into the sunlight. Ouch! I think these are really of the eggplant family but they look like perfect tiny pumpkins. Nice variety of yellow, red orange. Hopefully it will fit into the "Orange" themed day on the Daily Painters Gallery for Wednesday. Bree, thanks for the nice surprise! I love them!
Fall hydrangea, pink roses and mums. I set this up in the bright sun, in an east window. The light was coming in at a perfect angle to backlight the hydrangeas. I named it "I'm Sorry" when I started thinking about all the reasons people send flowers. For happy occasions and sad, they speak the words for us we sometimes can't.
This painting is very bright.
9"X12" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $125.00 email@example.com Sold
This is the third watercolor started when the power went out for a few days here. I worked on all three at the same time. Each layer of watercolor has to dry in between glazes, so it seemed expedient to work on more than one. Who am I kidding? It has to do with my impatience! Anyway, it kept me busy for days, and I like the result of the transparent watercolors. 8"X8" Watercolor on Sennelier paper. $100.00 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy
Painting the lush hydrangea is always a challenge. Sunlight falls on these in very abstract shapes because of all the little flowers. I love these, soon they'll take their winter rest. This is an 8"X8" Watercolor on Winsor Newton paper. $100.00 email@example.com for a paypal invoice SOLD
The Cincinnati area was hit hard by winds generated by Hurricane Ike. Fortunately the rain didn't come with it. We lost power for several days so I started a few watercolors I could work on during daylight hours. It was so quiet without power! All I could hear was the sound of the wind chimes, birds and the kids having a great time playing. This one is a little larger than usual, 10" X10" Watercolor on Sennelier paper.
This canvas was intended to be something else, but that painting didn't work out so it ended up a little abastract. Or maybe impressionistic. Or maybe a fantasy floral. Or maybe a still life. I can't seem to make up my other mind on this one, but it is colorful!
Seems like everyone remembers what they doing when they first heard the news about the horrible events of September 11th. In the days that followed, people tried to resume normal activities and for me that was travel for my employer. Most everyone was aware of what happened in the big cities and airports, increased security, heightened awareness. I was fortunate not to have to travel by air during that time. Some of my travel took me to rural towns many of which were in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky. You couldn't pass a farm without seeing the flag wave, perched on mail boxes, tractors, front doors, and hanging from barns like this one. I wished I would have thought to bring my camera, for in itself this was another story. This barn is near Xenia, Ohio. We should never ever forget what happened that day.
Stopped by Berns Garden Center and they had the most spectacular white hydrangeas in full bloom. This local garden center is a favorite haunt of mine, always something new and incredible color. Day 21 of "A Tribute to a Beautiful Earth" with the Daily Painters Gallery 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00 firstname.lastname@example.org
These are in full bloom now, show offs in the back yard. Bright sunny flowers with warm colors. The birds are merrily picking away at the seeds. We didn't plant these, they grew from seeds dropped from the bird feeder. I watched the DVD "Queen of Trees" (again) which was broadcast on public television but available on DVD. I don't know what it is about that one hour journey that takes one through the seasons of a fig tree that compels me to watch it over and over. It's the story of how so many things on the earth are dependent on each other for life. It combines a complex nature experience with beautiful music and photography. Maybe I should have named this painting "Queen of Sunflowers"
There are those times of year when the muse is napping. February and March are some of those months. One thing for sure, even on the most dismal gray days if you can catch the sunrise or sunset it transforms the landscape. This is a farm again on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The farm equipment appeared to be waiting patiently for spring. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00 email@example.com
Nice that this beautiful area is being preserved as a park. The grounds are beautiful, natural areas mixed with some landscaping, lake, walking paths, and of course the ducks! It's still in development, a lovely addition to the community with a long history......
Starting in 1944 during World War II "Voice of America" transmitted American propaganda abroad on shortwave frequencies. The Office of War Information began broadcasting in July 1944. The facility was taken over by the State Department in 1945. It became part of the newly created United States Information Agency in 1953 . The facility was closed on November 14, 1994 because of changing technologies as the transmissions shifted to satellites. The towers were brought down and most of the land was turned over to the county and township for use as a park. Part in the southwest corner was sold to developers who have erected a shopping center called the Voice of America Centre. There is also a Museum on the grounds. Miami University is planning to open a satellite campus on a portion of the land, this building is under construction.
The flowers are from the Farmers Market in Lebanon. Fortunately we have many of these markets around the Cincinnati area. I'm not sure what's more fun, shopping or kibitzing with the farmers. These little watercolors are quite detailed and usually take a series of days to complete. The first wash is loose and colorful, I try to let it peek through and not tame it too much. I use the same colors in watercolor as I do in oil. Occasionally I will use burnt umber in oil, but never in watercolor. (No burnt Sienna either or raw umber.) These stain the paper and if you make a mistake nearly impossible to correct. This painting only consists of a few colors, Winsor yellow, Aureolin, Winsor Red, Permanent Rose, Ultramarine blue and Antwerp blue. There is a little use of Winsor Green to gray the dark background (ultramarine blue, antwerp and permanent rose.) Winsor Newton 140lb cold pressed paper. Winsor Newton series 7 sable brushes. These are so expensive they should be insured by Lloyds of London (just kidding!) but they work beautifully. I know artists who are afraid to try watercolor. I say it's just a piece of paper, go for it! If you use transparent colors on Arches or Winsor Newton paper your "Oops" can be lifted with a q-tip dampened with water. There's that little purple pumpkin again. Once again in the sunlight, I love the abstract shapes of of light that peek through the flower stems. Day 10 of the Beautiful Earth Series on The Daily Painters Gallery 8"X8" Watercolor $100.00 firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 6 of the "Beautiful Earth" themed paintings on the Daily Painters Gallery.
I will restrain myself from posting my own comments about what I was thinking while painting this one. I think I will let the viewer draw their own conclusions. Have fun! 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. email@example.com Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy
Just a really great place! The buildings are painted in pastel colors, window boxes everywhere giving the market a European feeling. If you are ever in Cincinnati, this is a must see! I was here this past Saturday with Rachel, we had a great time. It was really busy.
Here is a little history, compliments of Wikipedia:
Findlay Market was founded in 1852, on land donated for the purpose by the estate of James Findlay. The market is located north of downtown Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine, a historic neighborhood known for its dense concentration of Italianate architecture. Open Wednesday through Saturday, with some vendors open on Sunday, Findlay Market is home year-around to about two dozen indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods. On Saturdays from March to December, the Market also hosts a farmers market, outdoor vendors, street performers, and special events. Findlay Market is a gathering place for people from all over the city. It routinely attracts perhaps the most socially, economically, racially, and ethnically diverse crowds found anywhere in Cincinnati.
9"X12" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas SOLD Day five of the "Tribute to a Beautiful Earth" theme at the Daily Painters Gallery
Day four of the Daily Painters "Tribute to a Beautiful Earth"
Day three I was out enjoying the beautiful earth, and did not post. This past Saturday I was at Findlay Market in Cincinnati. There is a lot to take in there, but these flowers commonly known as "Bluebells" really caught my eye. They also come in purple, lavender and white. When I went to set them up to paint, I put them in a vase and fully intended to paint them that way. Fooling around with the composition I took a few out of the water and placed them in the shadows created by the lanky stems in the vase. That really captured my attention as I found the abstract shapes interesting. It is 7"X7" watercolor on Winsor Newton Paper
Day three of the "Tribute to a Beautiful Earth" project on the Daily Painters Gallery.
I was going to name this the "Greenhouse Effect" however I'm not knowledgeable enough about that subject to comment. I do wonder though what the world will be like in the future. Will we go to museums to see flowers pressed under glass because we can't grow them any longer? Will we visit art museums to see what a floral arrangement used to look like? A bowl of fruit? Animals?People? Just a little something to think about.
These little pears were ripped off a tree during a severe thunderstorm. A special little person noticed them scattered on the ground and brought them in for me to paint. So perfect! He was after me all day to paint them, and when I was finished he was so delighted. In past years once the pears are really ripening the bug level is off the charts. We don't use any insectide on these so the bees (where are they anyway?) and wasps have a field day. The ones that fall to the ground are dessert for the squirrels after a main course of sunflower seeds deftly scooped away from the birds.
The peach is a grocery store variety, perfect in everyway. I wonder about them though, you can't see or smell the pesticides. But they're there. Waiting for our first unsuspecting bite.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas All paintings are copyright by Linda McCoy 2008
The Daily Painters group is celebrating during the month of August with a "beautiful earth" theme. One could wonder why I chose a barn for the first day. Can't say really, I pass this barn often, and for those of you who live here in Ohio it's on Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Monroe. What would our landscapes look like without the thousands upon thousands of barns that dot the rural fields? Traveling the midwest you can see them standing, roofs collapsing, hand laid foundations crumbling. The weather isn't easy on the old ones, and after a particularly bad winter they just fold in on themselves. So much history. Many are adorned with the American flag, much like this one. They are a symbol of those who came in the early days and worked so hard to feed their families. Some have been in the same family for generations. But disappear they do, bull-dozed aside to make room for new sub-divisions and corporate farming.
Take the back roads once in awhile..... a beautiful earth indeed.
6"X6" Oil on canvas.
I'm not sure what the intrigue is about pumpkins, but I guess to understand it you have to travel the midwest during harvest. Fields and fields of pumpkins. Who hasn't stopped at a rural farm stand and pondered over just the right one? Scooped out the gooey insides and spilled seeds all over the floor? Stuck a candle behind it's freshly carved spooky as possible face? Tried to make a pie from a real pumpkin instead of the canned? Roasted the seeds in the oven and sprinked while still warm with a bit of salt?
I purchased this glass variety from Michele at The Glass Studio in Berea Kentucky. http://www.kaht.com/multiple/glass_studio.htm . It's a beautifully hand blown purple glass with an amber color stem. I placed it in the sunshine so as to back light it. I'm sure my painting doesn't do Michele's glass art justice, but I just had to try.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. COPYRIGHT 2008 Linda McCoy
Went into a local florist in Westchester http://www.flowersbynyla.com/ to purchase flowers, and this little green vase set was sitting on the counter. Really Green! I loved it so here it is in oil. Thanks to the staff at Nyla's for being so helpful. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.
Berets were originally worn by Northern Basque peasants and were knitted from wool. Today berets are normally made from wool felt.
Berets are associated with a variety of different people. A beret completes the image of the stereotypical Frenchman (even though berets are fairly rare in France nowadays) or French peasants; artists, painters and intellectuals. It also was the stereotypical headgear of film directors until it was replaced in the public eye with the baseball cap in the 1980s. It also became the standard headgear of the Castilian peasant. (Description by I.Com)
A brief oil sketch, oil on masonite 6"X6"
The Lily is a Alstroemeria, or Lily of the Inca's. A Pom Pom mum and Hypericum Berries finish off the floral. The tall perfume bottle has a Calla Lily stopper, and the small bottle has a Closionne floral pattern. This is really a colorful painting, another addition to the perfume bottle series. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.
P.S. July 29, 2008. I've changed the background on this painting three times. You are not seeing things, I just couldn't make up my other mind!
I painted this with a limited palette of ultra marine blue, cerulean, smalt, Winsor green and yellow. A little Winsor red was used in the first wash of color. I'm working in oils on larger pieces, but meanwhile the watercolor paintings are a nice change of pace.
Just abstract shapes really. I don't know much about these lovely flowers but I found this little bit of folklore....... According to Jesica Conrad, Beltrami County Master Gardner: "In gladiola folklore, when Apollo accidentally slew his friend Hyancinthus, gladiolas sprang from his blood. That is why gladiolas are often associated with grief, a common funeral bouquet. In folk tradition, young men wore gladiolas to the marriages of their friends symbolizing the parting of their youth. Gladiolas are also thought to be the lilies of the field that Jesus referred to in the Sermon on the Mount. In the Victorian Language of Flowers, the gladiola represents strength of character. The name Gladiolus is from the Latin gladius, meaning “small sword.” 7"X7" on Sennelier watercolor paper $100.00. firstname.lastname@example.org All images on this blog and my website are COPYRIGHT 2008
Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese during the Qing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco. Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach disorders. Therefore, snuff was carried in a small bottle like other medicines. The snuff bottle is comparable to the snuff box used by Europeans. (Wikipedia)
A fun little painting with a lot of details. 6"x6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00 email@example.com if you are interested in purchasing.