Monday, March 31, 2008

Glass Bottle Stoppers and Perfume Bottle by Linda McCoy

I had every intention of painting the stoppers in the bottle, but when I laid them in the sunshine I liked the way the reflections and shadows cast on the surface. Lots of color. Perhaps they will land in their intended destination and become a perfume bottle painting another day. I'm not over the glass obsession yet. Can you tell?
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Garden Fairy in Hydrangea, Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

Stopped at a garden center and they had the bluest Hydrangea's I've ever seen. We tried to grow these several times, but by the end of the hot summers here they are just crispy sticks. I really like them, the flowers are huge, fragrant and delicious to paint. I added the little garden fairy, I liked the way the blue and green were reflected in the crystal ball when I put the set up in sunlight.
Just a bit of whimsy on a rainy day.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Perfume lV, An Evening Out Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

The history of perfume began in antiquity. The word perfume used today to describe scented mixtures, derives from the Latin "per fume", meaning through smoke. Perfumery, or the art of making perfumes, began in ancient Egypt but was developed and further refined by the Romans and the Arabs. Although perfume and perfumery also existed in East Asia, much of its fragrances are incense based. And so they say. I'm not familiar about the way it's made, but I love the scents. When painting the perfume bottles, even though they are closed you can still smell the fragrance. It just adds to the experience. I'm forever intrigued by the glass.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tequila Sunrise

Just another glass painting. I'm working on larger pieces, but continue to be intrigued by glass. I will get over one day. This time a trip to World Market provided a few neat glass pieces. Why the name Tequila Sunrise? The colors I guess but then who hasn't driven for miles and miles to the Eagles music blasting out of the car speaker?
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Monday, March 24, 2008

Lavender Blue Iris

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

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Red Amarillis, Floral Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

I really do love the color red. Red cars, red "sale" banners, red cherries, red lipstick, every color red nail polish OPI ever made, red hots, red potatoes, Cincinnati Reds, red hair, and of course, red shoes.

Painting the color red can make an artist nuts (at least this one!) I used three colors of red in this painting. Fascinating to observe how the color looks when light passes through the petals and it's interesting to try and capture their transparency.

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

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Iris, Still LIfe by Linda McCoy

6" X 6" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas. This is a repost of a painting I did last spring. It is being featured in an ad for The Daily Painters Gallery in American Art Collector, April Issue.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Perfume lll, Still Life Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

I thought I would post how the painting looks in a Deco style frame. It's sometimes hard to imagine what the paintings would look like framed. Most all of my paintings are gallery wrapped but can be framed if you like.

With all of the computer generated images that we see daily, it's refreshing to just take objects to a sunny window and paint what you see. This painting took nearly all day to finish, but since I placed the light areas in first I didn't lose the light passages. Even though I now paint almost everything in oil, I painted in watercolor for years. In watercolor the light is the white of the paper and I still follow the "map the light areas first" process.

I have bottles and bottles of perfume, left over from department store visits where I couldn't resist the lure of the perfume ladies spraying the latest scent everywhere. "Oh you have to try this one!" Some scents I never bought again, but some like Paloma Picasso's I wore forever, but just got tired of it one day.

Some women I know wear a signature fragrance and would never think of changing it. I like the unexpected, so now I change them often.

Who could forget the movie "Scent of a Woman?" "Perfume?" (If you haven't seen "Perfume" fasten your seatbelt!)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Perfume ll, Still Life Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

Round two on perfume bottles. The blue heart shaped one is from ebay, I really liked the cobalt blue color. The greenish color is my daughter Bree's, the other is from my own collection. Interesting shapes and colors. We are forever in search of just the right fragrance!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Halftime Nap

This little one's dad is from Michigan, and although he now lives in Ohio he will always be a Michigan Wolverines fan. So will his little ones!
6" X 6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. Not available for purchase.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Perfume, Still Life Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

No telling what effect the bright sun is going to have on these transparent bottles until you set them up. Sunlight bouncing all all over, reflections, shadows, reflected light, light passing through the amber liquid. Warm light, cool light, warm shadows, cool shadows. Sad when the painting was finished, it was fun and challenging.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00