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Showing posts from July, 2012

Maine Shore Birds ll

Maine Shore Birds 4 x 4 inches, Oil on board This is a touch up on the original that was painted almost 3 weeks ago.  I noticed the horizon line needed some work, so here is the new and improved piece.  It will also be for auction on

In the Pink

In the Pink Oil on Board, 5 x 5 inches This week's challenge for Daily Paintworks is to paint a rose.  Florals of any type require a lot of soft colors.  Muted colors.  I remember seeing beautiful floral paintings years ago, by an artist who exclusively painted florals and she approached each painting the same way:  Soft  muted colors and brushstroke whispers.
Although I almost gave up because my first two attempts were scrapers, I'm glad I stuck with it.  I'm pleased with this painting.  It will be up for auction at

Sunnyside Bee

Sunnyside Bee 4 x 4 inches, Oil on Gessoboard
Ok, I'm making up for lost time by posting twice today.  I had to be out of the studio all day yesterday.  I've received several requests for more bee paintings from bidders at Daily Paintworks.  Both of today's bee paintings will be up for auction.
Have a blessed weekend!


Jubilbees ACEO, Oil on Bristol Board
Of course this is a set of happy party bees.  They are happy its Friday and maybe heading out to a wildflower happy-hour.  They got their leggings on for modesty's sake, incase the wind kicks up.


Know-it-All,  Portrait of a Screech Owl 5 x 5 inches, oil on board I've been feeling like I wanted to paint an owl for some time.  Living with 4 acres of woods, I do hear these little guys from time to time.  There not very big and just so cute to look at.  I'm going to enter Know-it-All  in the weekly Daily Paintworks challenge as it meets the requirements. 

Maine Gulls

Maine Gulls 4 x 4 inches Oil on Board  My daughter sent me beautiful pictures from her recent family vacation in Maine.  These Gulls were included and I had to paint them.  We have so many of them here in the Finger Lakes region of New York. 
In the winter, whenever my mom & I go to Arby's, I always order fries to feed the hearty winged souls hanging out in the back of that restaurant.  This painting will be for auction at Daily Paintworks.  Click on the Daily Paintworks gadget on this blog to bid.

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird  Oil on Board 2.5 x 3.5 inches  The size of this piece is a part of Daily Paint Works weekly challenge.  I decided today would be the day I'd paint a Hummingbird and the Rufous are the largest North American species.  Mine has my interpretation of what this bird really looks like.
I don't know about you, but I have more than once froze in utter fear when one of these little guys have flown by...because they sound like giant bees.  They fly so fast, you have to do a double take and then realize your safe and have been blessed by sighting the bird.

Working through a Migraine

Muse Challenge 6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board
This is my entry into the Daily Paint works Weekly Challenge.  The sponsor of the challenge posted a really nice photo with mountains and evergreens.  I decided to simplify and soften the inspiration photo. 
I woke up yesterday at 3:30 am with a roaring migraine, so I was down for the count with the exception of putting finishing touches on a puppy portrait.   I do have medication, but it knocks me out.  Today, the pain is manageable and I took up the brushes to produce this piece.  With my cluster migraines I'll probably have pain even tomorrow, but over the counter medicine will work.
I'm pleased with the outcome and will post it on a auction. - Brande

Business & Art Law take two

Business & Art Law take two 6 x 6 inches, oil on board
 Something got into me with respect to my first attempt at painting these two books,  That post is just below this one.  Everything is the same EXCEPT that I scraped off the painting yesterday because I didn't like the out-come.
Someone else did like it and asked about buying it.  So I repainted it today.  I was going to repaint it anyway.

Business & Art Laws

Business & Art Laws 6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board
I was fishing for ideas on what to paint today.  Last Saturday, I cleaned and organized my studio.  I had to make decisions on what books I would keep.  I almost gave away my Business Law book from 1982.  I'm going to die with my Max Doerner book in my studio.  So I thought I would stack both books for today's painting.

My connection with these two books is the word consequences.  If you break the law, your in trouble.  If you break art law, your painting is in trouble.  Most of the information in both books is obsolete now.  Although reading either one could cure insomnia, they have strong meaning to me. 

The Pond Challenge

The Pond Challenge 6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board

I really enjoyed this challenge.  There is always something to learn and always a reminder that you haven't yet learned enough with any painting you take on.  I learned to simplify, but I also learned a little bit more about painting water.