Friday, October 23, 2015


Darrell and I went to Seattle Art Museum today to see the "Intimate Impressionism" exhibit.  It features quite a few smaller paintings from the collection of the Mellon Family on loan from the National Gallery of Art.  
I got up close and got a very good look at Cezanne's "Still Life with Milk Jug"  that I had recently painted from a very bad newspaper image.  The actually painting was much darker and richer in color than I had expected (aren't they almost always?!).  I enjoyed looking at the way he laid down the paint and trying to figure out exactly the process he used as opposed to how I did it.  I'm jealous of the folks that can sit in the Louvre and gaze at the masterpiece as they try to replicate it.  And I understand now how much one can learn by doing so.

Me and Cezanne's "Still Life with Milk Jug"

My painting 

Thursday, October 22, 2015


I worked on another of the paper-pieced parts of this block.  

I realized this means I'm half way done with the block parts...

That's encouraging.

Thursday, October 08, 2015


So here is my attempt at the same painting, Cezanne's "Still Life with Milk Jug" using oil paints on canvas:

After the first day

Finished on the next day.

I think the painting I did on the fabric is nicer than this one on canvas.  The fabric seemed to take the paint better; there is no gesso on the fabric.  On the canvas you can see the texture quite obviously.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


I saw this pattern in a magazine and couldn't resist making it.

I ordered the gray fabric and the backing from  I had the other colors needed already.

I think I'll make it as a Christmas gift for someone.

Here we go:

The first quarter done.

Half of the second quarter

Lots of waste with paper piecing.


Here's the finished product. 

This was painted on masonite covered with commercial cotton fabric which had metallic outlines on it.  If you look really closely you can see those lines.

So I decided to paint another one on canvas.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


I recently acquired some old tubes of oil paint that someone was tossing out.  They were still soft, so I hoped they'd still be viable.
I've never painted with oils.  I've always wondered about it, but didn't see the point in investing a lot of money into purchasing a whole new medium.  Geez, I've got enough art supplies!

But these were free.  I thought I'd just check it out.

So, I saw this Cezanne on the front of the Arts section of the Seattle Times.  There's an article inside about the opening of the "Intimate Impressionism" exhibit at Seattle Art Museum, in which it will be on display.  I love Cezanne's still lifes.

I need to do a little touch up tomorrow.