Friday, November 21, 2014

Little Tangerines


Little tangerines are the subject of this 3x3 inch still life oil painting.  I don't like to paint quite this small, it is much more challenging than something twice the size, but I had several of these little mini canvases and decided to use them up.  The original painting is for sale in my Etsy Shop, here, but you won't find any reproductions.  Just like it is difficult to paint this small, I find it very difficult to photograph and create reproductions of work this size. You might also like to view some of my other original tropical fruit paintings, still life paintings, or perhaps the entire shop of my small format art.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Crispy Apple Art

Every once in a while, a painting seems to create itself without any help from me.  This little 6x6 inch still life oil painting was one of those creations.  The minimalism of the bright red apple laying on a folded linen napkin was a delight to paint.  I loved the contrast between the dark and the light, the bright and the subdued.  The painting is available as a reproduction print from my website and will be listed for sale in my Etsy Shop as soon as the paint is dry.  Hope you will stop by here and take a closer look.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Evergreen Sentinel


Recently, while walking the dog, I meandered toward a proud Evergreen. The lone fir tree stood tall in the middle of a meadow. It was strong and grizzled having apparently withstood wind, rain, and snow without the support of any other trees. As the breezes tossed its branches and the sun made it sparkle, I knew I had to paint the fellow. I loved the texture and color of the bark and the multitude of greens apparent in its branches. After I finished, I was glad to have taken the time to capture the portrait of this soldier.  The painting is 11x14 inches on stretched canvas and was created with oils. The original painting is available for purchase here at my Etsy shop.  Reproduction fine art prints are available in a variety of sizes on paper and canvas at my website here.  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rabbit Convention

A rabbit convention took place recently in my studio.  Pets and wild rabbits from the neighborhood all came together in my mind and started rambling their way toward my canvases.  This little bunny is the most recent to complete his stay.  He was created with oil paints on a 6x8 inch canvas.  You can find him hiding here with some of my other animal paintings at my Etsy Shop.  If you miss him, reproductions are available here at my website in a variety of sizes on paper or canvas.  You can even get him framed and ready to hang.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Breakfast Bunny Animal Portrait


Early in the morning, just as the sun comes up, little rabbits creep out from their burrows and venture through my neighborhood looking for a tasty treat, hopeful that the dogs and children will be absent. It was one of those sweet dawn bunnies that inspired this oil painting. I tried to capture the morning light, his curious nature, and the fearful awareness that must be part of his everyday life. The original painting is 6x8 inches on stretched canvas.  It is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop along with some of my other small paintings of birds and animals

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pear Love Romance


Bartlett pears start appearing on the trees in mid August and share their sweetness into the fall season if stored well. This contemporary still life oil painting was inspired by two yellow pears that didn't last long, not because of storage, but because of flavor. They were devoured soon after their debut. As they tilted toward one another, it was as though they were in love. All that is left is this portrait of their torrid affair.  Reproductions of this oil painting that documents their brief affair are available at my website, or just click on the prints tab at the top of the page.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

Small Impressions Updates and News


If you are a regular reader of my blog, you have probably noted a new look and some added features. At the top of the page there are tabs that will take you directly to my original small  paintings and one that will take you to a gallery of my reproduction prints.  I'm excited about the updates and hope my readers will find them helpful.  I will continue my blogging and sharing as I wander through my artistic pursuits.  Today I am sharing a small painting that will not be reproduced.  It is 4x6 inches and was created in oil paints. It can be purchased here from my Etsy shop, but you will not find it available as a reproduction print.  When it is gone, it's gone.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

More Oregon Landscape Series

A single track bike path through the prairie land of Central Oregon inspired this original oil painting. Rocks, sagebrush, cheatgrass, and an occasional tree take up much of the landscape and help contribute to the beauty of this high desert adventure.  The original 5x7 inch painting is available for sale at my Etsy Shop and reproductions are available in a variety of sizes from my website.  If you've never visited this area, it is a good time to start planning a trip.  The sun shines most of the time and who can complain about that?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rotation Distraction Abstraction

The first rainstorm of the fall season hit hard today.  Pouring rain, fog, and a dismal sky have coerced my thought patterns away from landscape paintings to the confines of my studio.  As I tried to get myself moving, I found this colorful abstract I created a few weeks ago.  The bright colors, the movement and the textures are motivating me into a expressive world of abstraction.  The original mixed media painting was created on a 12x12 inch square format canvas.  It can be purchased by contacting me from my website or as a reproduction up to size 36x36.  Now I'm back to the studio to create some more abstract circles paintings.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Oregon Landscapes


If you regularly follow my blog, you know that I like to work in a series.  I move from landscapes to still life paintings, and then to abstract subjects. Then I cycle through again.  Painting a variety of subjects and using different approaches helps to keep my work feeling fresh and exciting.  Last week I focused on a series of still life paintings and this week I am working on Oregon landscapes. Since I live in the Northwest and travel the states of Washington and Oregon often, painting the landscapes of this area feels homey and natural. This painting is one of a series of Oregon landscapes that I completed this week.  Prints are available from my website and, as soon as the paint is dry, I will sell the originals in my Etsy Shop, Small Impressions.  The original oil paintings are 5x7 inches, but the reproduction prints can be made in a variety of sizes, some of them quite large.  I hope you will visit my website and see the rest of this series and visit my Etsy Shop to see some of my small original oil paintings.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Peach Harvest

Visiting the farmers' market recently led me to painting peaches.  Bright, colorful, and juicy, my brush created several square format paintings of little fruit gems.  The original oil painting is 6x6 inches on stretched canvas.  I'm also excited that this painting can be reproduced in square format up to size 36x36 inches, just right for a kitchen wall.  In addition to this little creation, I have a collection of square format art that needs to find a home.  In the next few weeks I'll be adding to this collection. I hope you will stop by.  If you are interested in purchasing the original, I will be listing it in my Etsy Shop in the very near future.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Autumn Abstract Landscape

The autumn season has arrived.  Sunshine and cool temperatures make September one of my favorite months.  Strolling along a country road, noticing the changing colors of the vegetation, and feeling good was the inspiration for this square format landscape painting.  It was created with oil paints on a square canvas.  Although the original was a 12x12 inch canvas, reproductions up to 36x36 are available from my website.  I hope you will stop by for a visit.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Harvest Time Painting

August and early September are one of my favorite times to paint still life.  The produce is coming on fast and furious and I am constantly inspired to paint the harvest.  Right now I have green beans and tomatoes that I can hardly keep up with, but the most beautiful of all produce is the fruit that is available.  This painting was inspired by a rich red Bing cherry.  The full juiciness and color caused me to create this 6x6 inch still life oil painting.  That's it!  A single cherry!  The original can be purchased here at my Etsy shop or reproductions in all sizes are available from my website.  Now, I'm off to gather more inspiration from the wonderful season of fall harvest.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Large Cruciform Abstract Painting

One of my favorite designs is the cruciform.  In this abstract composition, I played with paper, paint, ink, and charcoal on a canvas surface.  The original work was created on a 9x12 stretched canvas, but with the capabilities of modern digital photography,  small collages can be reproduced as very large abstract paintings.  If you would like to purchase the original, please contact me at smallimpressions@hotmail.com.  Reproductions are available from my website here.  I hope you enjoyed looking and will stop by for a visit.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Stormy Afternoon Landscape Painting

Second in my recent series of little landscape paintings is this 8x10 oil on stretched canvas.  It was inspired by one of those rare stormy summer days when the wind is blowing, the rain is pouring, and then the clouds part and the sunlight streams down giving a little glow to the world.  The original will eventually be listed in the Barns and Buildings section of my Etsy Shop.  Fine art reproduction prints and posters are available from my website, here.  I hope you will stop by and take a look.