Sunday, July 25, 2010

Strawberry Swing Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

I read a comment made by a collector that artist's shouldn't just put painting on their blogs without commenting on how the painting came about. So, here goes. I logged on to a great website started by a business acquaintance of mine. On her blog their are a variety of links, so I clicked on  On her blog was a post about a china basket that she liked from  I ordered the basket, it was here within a week. I loved it, so while my daughter Bree was at the grocery, I asked her pick up some strawberries. She brought back huge bright red dipping strawberries. They were so perfect even the seeds were in neat little rows.  I set it up on a shelf in partial sunlight. Well, there you have it. How long did it take to paint? A week of applying many glazes of color; reds are a pain to paint because they are so transparent. Getting the shadow side of the basket gray enough took more than a little courage. Were the strawberries good? Unbelievably sweet.
Oh, come on Linda, why did you name it Strawberry Swing? In homage to a song of the same title by Coldplay.
8"X8" Oil on hardboard  Sold

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Elizabeth, Pastel Portrait by Linda McCoy

Elizabeth is a lovely young lady full of personality and energy. She was a delightful little model. Her mom was painted in the same dress when she was Elizabeth's age. The two portraits will hang together one day.
Pastel 18"X22" Pastel on paper. Collected

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sugarbowl and Squash Blossoms Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

Today was a really nice day. We met up with David and Rachel and did a little shopping at Findlay Market. A little early on Sunday so not all of the vendors were set up, but no crowds either. Several stands had squash blossoms which were pretty.  After shopping a little breakfast then on to Anthropology where I found this little sugar bowl. I previously prepared this board for another painting, but I was anxious to paint my finds of the day. A quick and fun little painting. The sugar bowl looks a little crooked. Maybe something you'd find at the Mad Hatters tea party. Oh well, maybe I'll fix it later. Then again, maybe not.
6"X6" oil on hardboard

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Findlay Market lll, Cincinnati Ohio, Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

This is my third painting of Findlay Market here in Cincinnati. The colors have not been enhanced, this is how it really looks. All the buildings are different colors with bright awnings. This is a great place to visit if you are ever here. It has a great European market feel to it, lots of produce grown by local Ohio farmers.
6"X6" Oil on hardboard

Monday, July 12, 2010

World War One Sewing Kit, Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

My grandfather drove an ammunition truck in the first world war. He was in the 1st Division and was stationed Belgium and Germany. He was in the Army from 1917-1921. His honorable discharge papers say he was of “superior integrity.” I remember him as kind, gentle and soft spoken.  We lived in a two flat and my grandparents lived upstairs, so they were very much a part of our young lives. He died when I was eleven, and I remember the great sadness I felt.

On a recent trip back to Chicago to see my parents, my father gave me this little army sewing kit that belonged to him. It is battered from the war and missing it’s thimble. I wonder about the thimble. The simple answer is that my grandmother needed one and just used the one from the kit. Maybe it was lost in a foxhole while trying to mend his uniform or sew on a button. Maybe it was lent to another soldier. Maybe, it still lies in a field somewhere, buried for someone else to find. We are all grateful he made it home, so many did not.
Thanks for passing this on to me Dad, I'll take good care of it.
6"X6" Oil on hardboard.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Little Dog oil painting by Linda McCoy

So cute, but so very naughty while I was painting him. 4"x4" Oil on hardboard

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Peony, watercolor. Back lit. 10"X10" Sennelier Paper