Friday, February 29, 2008

Primrose Lane, Floral Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

Yellow Primroses. I named the painting after the old song "Primrose Lane." These are really a bright yellow, and when I set them up in the sunlight it was a "wow." I spritzed the plant with water just before painting, and I almost omitted the waterdrops as they are just the devil to paint. They decided to behave themselves.

6'X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Vase with Orange Marbles, Still Life by Linda McCoy

I love this painting. I originally was going to add water and a flower, but the marbles just seemed to be enough sparkling in the sunlight. The little vases in the back have all been used in previous still life paintings. I left them in the painting, it looks like they are just waiting their turn. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pink Pink Pink! Cyclamen Floral by Linda McCoy

Light Pink Cyclamen, these flowers looked like they were dancing! The bright centers went well with the surrounding flowers, perhaps Primroses. It's been so snowy, rainy and cold and the garden centers are a nice get a way. There is another Orchid Show at the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati this week-end. I am so there!
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Monday, February 25, 2008


Just a simple carnation, left over from a Valentine's Day arrangement. Still pretty, but it will only last another day.

6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Phalaenopsis Orchid, Cobalt Violet Pink by Linda McCoy

I bought these beautiful Orchids quite simply at a Kroger near where I live. Anxious to paint them I mixed color after color to get the violet right. I never did. Frustrated and hoping that the Orchids didn't die in the meantime, I emailed Eric at Blue Ridge and he sent me this beautiful color. Cobalt Violet Pink. It matched the orchids perfectly. The darker pink is Quin. Rose Red, also from Blue Ridge. A little cadmium red scarlet was added to the centers along with cad. yellow light. The background is smalt and Winsor Green. I am working on these orchids in a larger format for a gallery but I wanted to try a little daily painting to see how the color performed. I love it! Thanks for your help with the color Eric!

6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Jeepers Peepers Peeple!

Just a bowl of Peeps. Painted just for fun. These little guys come out every spring. Gooey, sweet marshmallowy treats. New colors, same flavor, same fun. Little personalities crowded in a bowl. Stuck together. Yum. $100.00. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Steve, Oil Portrait by Linda McCoy

I met Steve at the Icefest in Hamilton Ohio a few weeks ago. He was there with Eva and I asked him if he would pose for a portrait. He has a great face, and at first he seemed shy about posing, but a few photo's later he striking poses. Anyway Steve, if you are out there thanks for taking the time! 6"X6 Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

Abstract Floral with Silver by Linda McCoy

Here is a little abstract floral for spring. (What spring!?) It was painted on a gallery wrapped canvas that was partially covered by silver gesso. The flowers are what ever you want them to be. The fashion designers are showing lots of purple in their fall collections, so home decor can't be far behind. Purple is the color of royalty!
6"X6" $100.00

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Orchid Show lV, Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

I purchased an entire stem of green orchids, and cut this one to place in a still life. The little glass cup made it interesting to paint. I placed it in my favorite east window in the morning sunlight.

6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Orchid Show lll

Another from the Orchid Show over the week-end. Some of the orchids were more showy than others, this one caught my eye. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Orchid Show, Still LIfe by Linda McCoy

Visited the Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 Springboro Pk. in Dayton today. They had a lovely orchid show. The vendors had huge plants in full bloom for sale. The color was outstanding, especially against the February gray background. Rows and rows of beautiful orchids. I could never grow them but they are so wonderful to paint. Yes, of course I bought some! Hopefully they'll last long enough for a few larger paintings. The orchid show continues through tomorrow.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00 SOLD

Friday, February 15, 2008


Today I saw the controversial exhibit "Bodies....The Exhibition" at the Cincinnati Museum Center. In less than an hour 20/20 will report on how the bodies were obtained. I'm not sure how I will feel about it after I watch the program. I can say that I found the exhibit to be remarkable, thought provoking and disturbing all at once. Every muscle, blood vessel, bone and nerve was visible. Flayed. It was very crowded with school groups from all over the area. It was quiet, very unusual for so many kids. Teachers talking to the students explaining and watching so no one touched the bodies. It sounded as though many of the teachers prepared with classes ahead of time. Sketching was very quick and limited because of the crowds, but I managed to get a few in. I would like to go back on a quiet day and spend more time drawing and observing. For whatever reason I was intrigued by their hands.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sunbeams, Tomatillos and Cherry Tomatos by Linda McCoy

A small still life for today. The sun peeked through for just a minute today, just enough time to lay down the whites where it fell. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Lavender Marbles, Pink Tulip Still Life by Linda McCoy

Ever on the quest for something newer, I went shopping for a simple bag of marbles. What I found were ugly opaque yellow, brown and just a few cat's eyes. What on earth happened to all the pretty marbles that were around when we were kids? There you go I'm starting to sound like Andy Rooney. Can't be having that! So, I went on the internet and of course found a great marble company . For those who really do collect marbles this place must be heaven. Anyway I ordered three bags of mixed cat's eyes, they were very nice and assured me that I would have enough of every color. They were at my door in three days and I was off and running.
The sun was out this morning, so back to the east window I went with my still life. There's something fun about painting these little set ups. The color of these marbles is lavender, but picking up a little local color from reflections. The little curvy vase was a little fun shape, the tulip won't last another day. The background of the painting is not black, but a mixture of Ultra Marine blue deep and Winsor green. 6"X6' Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas, $100.00 email SOLD

Friday, February 08, 2008

Broken Heart

When you paint things from life, whether out in the elements or in your studio, there's bound to be a mishap once in awhile. I was almost finished with the heart painting yesterday when I accidently knocked it and it went crashing to the floor. I was about to sweep up the pieces when I noticed the red reflections cast on the floor. I decided to paint them today following the "when life gives you lemons make lemonade" thought process. Sad little painting, and unfortunately for some it's the current state of their heart.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Glass Heart, Still Life Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

I found this glass heart at ArtonSymmes in Fairfield, Ohio. Since my last several paintings have included glass objects, I thought I would give the red glass a try. It was the most difficult of all of the glass paintings I've tried so far. So many reds! I worked on it on and off for two days. Funny how the "painting a day" concept runs in to a brick wall when tackling a more difficult painting.
Fun to paint and I think I have an appropriate follow-up. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00 to purchase.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Red Carnations

I tried a new color green on my palette, Cobalt Green Light from Blue Ridge Artist Supply I liked the warmth of the color. It made a nice gray when mixed with smalt and a little white, and brightened nicely with the addition of cad. yellow medium. All of these are handmade pigments. The little hand blown glass vase speaks to my love of Art Noveau.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Monday, February 04, 2008

Beaded Glass Bottle Stopper

I saw these bottle stoppers made by Karen Holtkamp at the Artfest over the week-end. They are lovely, so I bought a few to paint. You can reach Karen at if you would like to purchase one. SOLD

6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Minature Daffodils by Linda McCoy

I had a great time at Artfest at Icefest in Hamilton Ohio Friday and Saturday. I met so many nice people. It was nice to hear so many positive comments about my artwork. One woman said "Your paintings just make me smile!" What more could an artist ask for?
This is tiny daffodils in a small vase, this was lit from above, there wasn't much sun today.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00 Collected

Friday, February 01, 2008

Linda McCoy at Artfest at Icefest Today

Please come and visit Artfest at Icefest in Hamilton, Ohio today! I will be in the Government Services building along with other artists. 345 High Street, Hamilton Ohio. Friday 3-8 and Saturday 10-4.
Other activities include:
PLANNED ACTIVITIES:First Financial Bank ticketed FIRE AND ICE “Safari” Celebration at the Fitton Center for Creative ArtsCity of Hamilton Live Fire and Ice DemonstrationsMercy Health Partner Ice Sculpture Competition AlleyTechnicolor Ice Walk of sponsored Ice Sculptures sculpted by Artic Diamond, Inc.First Financial Bank “Polar Bear Express”Art on Symmes ArtFest at IceFestBridgewater Falls People’s Choice AwardDowntown Hamilton SID Information HutJournal News/The Lane Libraries “Talk to the Animals” Children’s Area with the Rose Chevrolet Royal Throne, Zookeeper’s, Ice Sculpture Putt-Putt, Games & more!Miami University Hamilton Downtown Grand OpeningChaco Credit Union, Inc. Amateur Photography Contest with prize moneyOhio Casualty/Wilks Insurance Agency Speed Carving CompetitionElder Beerman $2500 IceFest RaffleCity of Sculpture “Riverside Mallards” Sculpture UnveilingSoap Sculpture Contest for Butler County 8th and 9th grade students “Watering Trough” Warming Tent with hot food and drinks available for saleButler County Historical Society Downtown ShuttleMiami Indian Trekkers Volksmarch

Greater Hamilton Convention & Visitors BureauOne High Street, Hamilton, OH 45011513-844-8080 or Toll Free 1-800-311-5353