Sunday, December 14, 2008

"Pointe Shoes"



















Oil on Canvas 12" X 24"

This was a commissioned piece for someone special, and I hope she never stops dancing.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Joshua"



















Oil & soft pastel on paper 18" X 24"
Ah, cubism

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"Santa Claus"



















Graphite on paper 9" X 12" $50

This is a sketch for the next pastel painting, in what is to be a "Winter Holiday Series; all inspired by the previous S'no man piece.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

"Compositae Dahlia"
















Graphite, Charcoal pencil and Pastel on Paper 6" X 8" $75

Friday, October 31, 2008

"S'no Man" (Winner of 2008 Pray For Snow contest - Best of Show category



















Pastel on paper 14" X 17" SOLD

This was an entry into a creative snowman contest for the 6th Annual Pray For Snow Party, in which my work has solidly been runner-up on more than one occasion.

This year S'no Man won Best of Show!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

"Rose"



















Oil on canvas - 20" X 20"

This piece won the Patron's Award in the State Flower contest at www.esbq.com

This was interesting to work on because this canvas has been painted on about 4 or 5 times, so it has lots of texture and undertones.

Also, for those of you who didn't know me back when, my maiden name was Rose

Thanks to Teng Tan for belated permission to use the original photo "Rose Close at Heart" http://www.flickr.com/photos/tengtan/ as a reference for this piece.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"First Ride"















Soft Pastel on paper 18" X 24" $100
I think we can all relate to either our own first ride or helping our child on his or her maiden voyage! Good Times!

Friday, October 10, 2008

"The Red Flowers"















Oil on canvas 9" X 12" $50
I did this last night almost like a quick sketch, but with paint. I wanted to keep it really loose and capture some depth.

"The Pendulum"



















Oil on canvas 11" X 14" - $75
This is precisely what happens to me when I listen to blues while I paint.

"Eye of The Pendulum"



















Oil on canvas 9" X 12" $50

This is the sequel to The Pendulum

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"Dog Fighting is Warped"















Charcoal on paper 17.5" X 20.5" $500

This piece won the Patron's Mention award in the "Motion" art contest on www.ebsq.com

This was an assigned piece, and it really forced me to experiment with the darker side of art. I was asked to use a warped grid superimposed onto a b & w photo, then recreate the images using charcoal on paper in some of the grid areas, but adjust them to match the contours of the warped sections. I had just read an article in Forbes that really conveyed the visciousness and horrificness of dog fighting, and it profoundly affected me. The distorted nature of this project really lent itself to portraying those feelings. It ain't no floral!

Monday, August 18, 2008

"Washing Hands"
















Pastel on paper 11" X 14" $900

I don't usually post pastels here; they are in the link for pastels located in the right margin, but I just felt like it today.

"Sunflower Corner" Day 6 - Completed (no, really)



















Oil on Canvas Commissioned 18" X 36" $300 Sold

Well, I thought I was finished, but my art critic, (my husband Lenny) said two things were bugging him. The first were the two background sky areas that were very light colored, so I added more blue. The second was that the center of the flower was not curved enough at the top, so I added more bulk to it. NOW, I am finished!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

"Sunflower Corner" Day 5



















Oil on Canvas 18" X 36"

Well, I have mixed feelings about finishing this piece. I could hardly wait to see how it would turn out, but I really loved working on it. Sorry about the tilt of the photo and the space between the two canvases, but the bottoms are wet.

Me, painting "Sunflower Corner"

I know it's not the focus of this photo, but the apron I'm wearing was signed by the entire kindergarten class I team taught back in 1983 when my daughter Amy was just starting school. Her signature is on there as well, so I love to wear it when I paint.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A day at the dunes

We drove up to Leadville, CO on Thursday so Lenny could compete in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race on Saturday. He was able to finish the race in 10+ hours, and now can actually say he competed with Lance Armstrong who came in second place!

Other highlights of the weekend include seeing friends Adrian and Margo from Colorado, who we haven't seen in too long, hanging out with Amy & her friend Lindsey, and cheering on Lenny and his teammates Mike, Doug & John. The low spot was me getting altitude sickness immediately upon entering the town of Leadville at 6:30 pm on Thursday(altitude 10,430 ft.), visiting the ER at 10:30 PM, getting a steroid shot in the butt, and taking Diomox, steroids and oxygen for the entire weekend.

Sunday night we drove down to Monte Vista, CO and spent the night at The Mansion B & B, which I would highly recommend. Monday we drove out to the Great Sand Dunes,hiked up to the top and then checked out the surge flows in the river below. We ate a nice picnic lunch and then hiked up a trail and crossed a creek to a beautiful waterfall.

The lack of oxygen, hiking, and sun left me feeling like a bit of a trainwreck, but I'll resume painting that sunflower soon!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Me - In the Artists Spotlight

I got an email today from the shop owner in Connecticut where some of my pieces are for sale. She said I had been selected as the featured artist for August! I am flattered. Here's the link to the website:

Artists Spotlight

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"Sunflower Corner" Day 4



















Now comes the challenging part...

Monday, August 4, 2008

"Sunflower Corner" Day 3



I am certainly enjoying everything about this painting! The interaction of colors and shapes, and background vs foreground keep it interesting, and the gestural quality of the flower is very playful. I am torn because I want to see the finished product, but the process is so much fun!

Friday, August 1, 2008

"Sunflower Corner" Day 2





















Well, I only had time to put down two colors today, so here are the blues and greens. It's a good tease though...

"Sunflower Corner" Day 1





















Sorry this photo is not very clear, but it is difficult to capture the vine charcoal sketch and the notations for shapes and colors.

I don't know what it is about sunflowers, maybe it has to do with being Italian, but I can't seem to get enough of them! I am really stepping outside my normal style and trying a more graphic approach with this one. The shapes in it just grabbed my attention. I also decided to split the composition into two canvases, something else I've never tried!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Bicycle in Rome" Day 5 (Completed)



















Oil on Canvas 12" X 12" SOLD

A good friend mentioned her collection of monochrome art, so I thought I'd give that a go. This bicycle was parked outside a restaurant in Rome, and it was such a classic we had to get a photo. My husband captured it well, but I cropped it for this composition.

"Bicycle in Rome" Day 4

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Bicycle in Rome" (Day 3)

"Bicycle in Rome" (Day 2)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"Bicycle in Rome" (Day 1)




















A good friend mentioned her collection of monochrome art, so I thought I'd give that a go. This bicycle was parked outside a restaurant in Rome, and it was such a classic we had to get a photo. My husband captured it well, but I cropped it for this composition.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"Anemone Coronaria" Day 6 (Completed)















Oil on Canvas 18" X 24" $1500

Uh-NEM-uh-nee (I know, it sounds just like where Nemo lives!)
1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Anemone, of the buttercup family, having petallike sepals and including several wild species with white flowers as well as others cultivated for their showy flowers in a variety of colors.

Friday, June 20, 2008

"Anemone Coronaria" Day 5

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"Anemone Coronaria" Day 4

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"Anemone Coronaria" Day 3

"Anemone Coronaria" Day 2

"Anemone Coronaria" Day 1

Thursday, June 5, 2008

"Liliceae Tulipa"



















12" X 12" Oil on canvas $300

I chose this composition because I love seeing inside the flower from above. I also enjoyed trying to replicate the texture through paint.

Liliceae Tulipa was one of three pieces accepted into the 5th Annual 12 Buy 12 Art Exhibit at the Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios in Austin, TX. The show runs from December 1-21, and I will be attending the artists' reception on Saturday, December 5th!
Oil on canvas 12" X 12"

Monday, May 19, 2008

"Sunflower" Day 6 (completed)
















Oil on Canvas 48" X 36" Commissioned - $400 SOLD -

Due to the large size of this piece, and the time involved, I decided to document the process. Day one was just measuring and sketching, and day two was meant to be only for background, but I found my groove and only stopped when it became too dark to see. This was commissioned by my landscaper as a gift to his wife, who loves sunflowers!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

"Sunflower" Day 5

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

"Sunflower" Day 4

"Sunflower" Day 3

Sunday, May 11, 2008

"Sunflower" Day 2














This weekend I traveled up to Cortez, Colorado to the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde mountain bike race. I supported my husband while he raced solo on his single speed mountain bike. He completed 7 laps (15 miles each) for a grand total of 105 miles, landing him 5th place out of 20 in his class! Needless to say I didn't paint while I was gone, but here's what I did on Wednesday and Thursday. Due to the large size of this piece, (48" X 36") and the time involved, I decided I am going to document the process. Day one was just measuring and sketching, and day two was meant to be only for background, but I found my groove and only stopped when it became too dark to see.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New Designs

I just added a few new design pieces that you can access by clicking on the Design link below the header "Mixed Media and Additional Oils" at the bottom of the page. These are some newly completed designs. I will only post new oils in the blog as they are created.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Update

I am sorry that I have been delinquent in my painting, but my focus has been derailed. I am excited to say that I've been commissioned to do a rather large piece for my favorite landscaper, who has always offered great support for my works in progress as he peered at them through the window. At the same time I have been working with a shop owner in Colshester, Connecticut who has agreed to sell two of my previously completed pieces. Feast or Famine.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

"The Scoop is Out"



















oil on canvas 12" x 16" $50

I was better able to capture the glass reflections when I was feeling well again.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

"A-Salt and Battery with a Weapon"



















oil on canvas 8" X 10" SOLD

Wow, did I take a break or what? I was sick for awhile and I tried to paint anyway, but it just wasn't happening. The one I started wasn't looking quite right, so I took a break and started this one when I was feeling better. Now I am going to go back and work on the other piece a bit more and post it soon!

Monday, March 10, 2008

"The Lovers"


oil on canvas 12" X 16" $150

My husband picked out ths Murano glass statue in venice, Italy.
It has beautiful color striations in it, and I love the elegant lines. It was challenging, but fun to paint.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

"Casa Bonita"


oil on canvas 11" X 14" $100 SOLD

Friday, March 7, 2008

"Tee Many Martoonies"




oil on canvas 8" X 10" $100 SOLD

I had the most fun painting the shapes of these reflections! I just enjoyed the subject, as I also enjoy a good martini.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Welcome!

Thanks for your interest. Now you've seen my most recent work, but if you want to peruse all my existing art at once you may do so by clicking on the links for Designs, Pastels, or Oils at the bottom of the page under the heading: Mixed Media and Additional Oils by Claudia Goodell.