Monday, September 12, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting VII

10x10 Oil On Stretched Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
This painting is another in my apple series.  Most of the paintings in this series are small and were daily paintings.  This view is a stretch for me.  I usually paint from side angles.  I loved the way that the apple was reflected in the silver pot.  The yellow greens complimented the reds and the silver rounded off a primary color scheme.  This painting is listed in my Etsy store.  Click here if you would like more information.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting VI

Still Life Apple Painting VI - Copper Pot and Red Apples
9x12 Original Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg - Artist
This painting features a copper pot with two brilliant, red apples.  It has sold; however, I'm including it in my blog posts because it was originally part of my apple painting series.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting V

Apple Still Life Painting V, Uno Apple Painting
6x6 Oil on Stretched Canvas
Daily Painting by 
Cheri Wollenberg
This small oil painting was one of the first paintings featuring apples that I did a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to experiment with changing backgrounds, altering my style somewhat, and learn about painting them again.  I found out that however I try to paint, I usually have a style that presents itself.  But it is fun to try different ways of doing things.  This small painting can be found in my Etsy store.  Just click here if interested.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting III

10x10x.75 Inches
Original Oil on Stretched Canvas by Cheri Wollenberg

This is one of my favorite small, daily paintings of apples that I did recently.  I had fun with it and amazingly they stayed put (lol).  You can find out more about the description of this painting by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting II

12x24 Oil On Canvas
Original by Cheri Wollenberg
This is the second of several apple still life daily painting that I've worked on recently.  Stay tuned.  This one is listed on Etsy here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting I

6x8 Oil Painting
by Cheri Wollenberg

Recently I decided I was going to paint several small and medium sized oil paintings of apples.  I needed to learn some things again.  I've done a lot of animals in the past 6 months so I decided that I would study the apple again (lol).  This apple is listed on Etsy.  Have a look by clicking Here.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Farm Rooster Trio

10x10 Oil on Canvas Painting
by Cheri Wollenberg

As my blog states I am a visual artist and I make journal posts about my paintings.  It has been a long while since my last post here on Dancing Brush by Cheri.  It may seem strange, but I sometimes find it harder to write than paint. Composing my thoughts in an organized manner has never been my forte.   In this painting I used a photo that I had taken of our chickens and roosters.  Actually we had 5 roosters at the time.  The only hen in the painting is the white one.  I cropped the photo off to hone in on the three. There were several others around them, but I like the way the heads of these particular "poultry specimens" seemed to have different expressions as if they were "eyeing or sizing up" the viewer (me)!  I hope to cover my tardiness with more regular blog posts in the next weeks.   I'm gathering thoughts (lol).  This painting is in my Etsy store.  You may click the link  Farm Rooster Trio for more details if you are interested.  Thanks for coming by!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Story As An Artist

My Story As An Artist – Limited Version At Best

I've been invited by Patience Brewster to join her family in celebrating artists during the month of August (Artist Appreciation Month).  She is an artist of beautiful and whimsical work. Perhaps you already own one or more of her uniquely designed Christmas Ornaments.  If not do check the link.  They are stunning!  This interview has been designed for others to learn more about artists who blog.  I invite you to read my short story version of becoming an artist.

As a child, do you recall a significant moment when you felt truly affected or inspired by any particular artwork or artist?
My earliest recollection of art were framed prints depicting the stories of Christ hung on the walls of the church my family attended.  Another work of art that fascinated me as a preschooler was a landscape that hung in my father’s parents’ home above their fireplace.  I still remember vividly the vast panoramic scene of forest, mountains and a river fed by a very high waterfall.  A bright, peaceful light breaks through the trees to rest on a group of rugged pioneer-looking men who were sitting and warming around a campfire.  Years later in art class I would learn that this pattern of beautiful light was an illusion device used by the artist to direct the viewer to the focal point being the events and lives of people gathered around the campfire.  I discovered that more than likely it was a print in the style and subject of the Hudson River School.  The paintings of Albert Bierstadt in the permanent holdings of galleries in Oklahoma City and Tulsa here in Oklahoma lead me to believe that it was a print from his work.  I was very impressed with that work.  It was like reading a very interesting book.  I felt as if I were in the story!  The following image is a painting made by Albert Bierstadt.

As an artist, what do you hope to convey with your work?
I don’t have any noble “ideas” or “causes” that inspire me to do my paintings.  For a few years, especially when I was in college, I felt that maybe I was “missing the mark” with my work.  The only answer I would have had then to this question is that I love it!  Simply that!  I love it!  I love the creation of it, the touch and smells the process brings, the brushstrokes, the love of subject and any sensations that I have during the process!  After maturing a bit and learning to understand art with my own eyes and heart rather than be tied to what books and art critics have to say about it, I’m comfortable with expressing a desire to capture a moment or vignette of my life.   If my work brings a smile, remembrance of an event, experience or pleasure to anyone besides me then I’ve gone beyond “my story to their story” in that particular work. 
“Creating art is much more than developing a product.  The mystery and passion in creating comes from the heart of the designer.  The actions I express with brush and paint on a two-dimensional surface describes, in the form of an image, the process that has been placed in my heart by a Master Designer and Creator.”  (My Artist Statement)

What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I’ll never forget the encouragement of my first sale, my first individual show, and now collectors!  My life has been enriched by many who like my work.  I’ve had my work critiqued constructively and received a few not so constructive remarks!  I’m no longer apt to be crushed by any negative remarks.  All artists must be ready for both.  We (artists) are a fragile lot!  Both positive and negative remarks bring opportunities for us to mature in confidence and skill in our craft.

What is your dream project?
I would love for all schools in the USA to be able to have the resources, the teachers and scheduled curriculum of learning about and creating art.  I know from studies I have had in college and statistics that I read that children love art, they need it and it plays a great role in the overall intelligence of children who have had opportunities to be around it and produce it.

What artists, of any medium, do you admire? (Famous or not!)
There are so many that I enjoy!  I love the work of John Singer Sargent of whom I share the same calendar date of birth!  I always thought his portraits were exceptional but when I see them “for real” in exhibits and famed homes I’m speechless.  They are lovely!
Oil is my favorite medium.  I feel very engaged with the creative process with oils; however, I enjoy some of the properties of watercolor too.  

As an additional note, I’m very interested in some of the art journaling I’ve seen online.  I didn’t even know of such a thing for a long time.  My first opinion was “Why?”  I caught myself thinking as a negative critic… BUT,  then I saw a “you-tube” presentation in which a gifted artist was designing, placing, altering, applying vintage images and pictures, cutting, and covering things she had collaged together to very emotional music about a mother…..Oh my….I was moved to tears!!! 
SHE HAD CONVEYED SOMETHING SHE HAD EXPERIENCED TO ME….I HAVE HAD THAT EXPERIENCE TOO!!!  What emotions and love she told in that small booklet!

 Life motivates us to create and express our ideas and emotions for many different reasons and in diversified ways.  Art is the result whether we are professionals, hobbiests, or children artists.     There is no need for grandeur!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

One Green Bell Pepper - Small Still Life Painting

6x8 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
Something simple for a daily painting, nevertheless still great fun in the process!!!!
This little painting is listed HERE.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Clementine - Cow Painting

18x18 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
Clementine is a black baldy cow.  She seems to be gazing out of a window at her viewer doesn't she?  Our family has been in the cattle business for over 50 years.....going back to my husband's dad who was a farmer and raised cattle.  I especially love to see this crossbred cow mixed with Hereford cows grazing on green pasture.  The design in color, texture, and composition is very exciting for me. For more information on the Black Baldy click here:

 Clementine is named for a dear friend in Arkansas.  I am honored to know her.  She is a fine, Christian person and mentored my husband and I when we lived in Fayetteville.  For information about buying this cow you can follow this link.  Just CLICK.  

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cow Painting - Bonnie

6x6 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
I have trouble painting with small brushes these days.  I prefer using larger brushes and painting on larger supports; however, I know that stretching myself is good.  So this small 6x6 painting called for smaller brushes of course (lol).  Also, blond cows are not my favorite to paint, but somehow this one appealed to me as I looked through my photos.  I thought the red would be good for her warm blond coat.  I'm pleased with her.   For pricing, click HERE.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Pink Iris Still Life Painting

9x12 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
This beautiful and elegant, pink iris was another that was in my mother's backyard several years ago.  It is listed here.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Faster I Go - The Further Behind I Get!

I think my post today is a very FAST "CATCH UP" post.  Somehow in my head I think I can get all of May's posts made before the DEADLINE (May 31, 2015)!  Do you ever feel like that?  I do enjoy posting about my work, but as the title above reveals....something in our lives has to suffer.  I try not to allow my painting be the one!  

Gardening is very much on my mind these days.  For right now we do not have to worry about watering the gardens here in Oklahoma, so my tomato plants may have a better survival rate (lol).  I love tomatoes.  I love painting them and they are wonderful subjects for paintings.   A friend and fellow blogger raises tomatoes and makes salsa every year.  I would love to be like her (Wordweaver Art).  Just getting those tomatoes to grow is a challenge for both my husband and I.  Anyway, I couldn't wait for them to start producing so I have been buying them.  These two in the painting below were so pretty that I took one off and consumed it, but decided to paint the other two with the vine still on them.  I set them on a window sill and the light is from the back of the tomatoes themselves; however, the light bounced around them and the sill providing several exciting design elements that hopefully I managed to record on canvas.  Click on the title if you are interested in buying.  It will take you to my Etsy shop.  Thanks for coming by today to hear me "whine" about time (lol).  
Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Two Small Cow Paintings!

6x8 Oil on Ramar Artist Board
Cheri Wollenberg
6x6 Canvas Print
Cheri Wollenberg

Today I'm being kind of lazy and posting about two small paintings at once.  I decided to do some smaller works.  Actually this is a challenge to me.  I don't work too well with small brushes. I'm used to doing much larger works of cows, and I use much larger brushes.  These are two of our son's cows.  I have a wealth of resources with his changing herds.  My husband and I run around in the Gator and the cows come up very close to the Gator.  They are so curious and many times think we are coming with something for them to eat.  Had a good time taking photos of these!  


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