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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lilacs in Vintage Vase

12x12 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg

This painting features a vintage vase with a bouquet of lilacs  that I saw on a blog post about a year ago. I contacted the blogger who posted it, and it was her photo (http://giddyappony.blogspot.com/).  She agreed to let me use her excellent photograph for inspiration for this painting.  The beautiful lilacs are arranged in a yellowish and fluted vintage vase that has delicate florets on the side. 

Monday, December 27, 2010

Pansies in Copper Pot

Pansies in Copper Pot
12x12 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Pansies are so hearty.  Hearty flowers are for folks like me.  One of my goals in life is to become a great gardener.  I plan to spend some time raising these favorite flowers one day and have gorgeous flower beds.....goals or dreams, maybe a little of each.  I have grown pansies though, and they stayed beautiful for months at a time.  Since they can endure a lot of cool weather they seem to relish in the spots that I have placed them in the past.  This still life includes one of my favorite copper items, a blue pottery vase that was given to me by a sweet little friend in art school, a white rice bowl and pansies of whites and purples that I had in a large garden pot this fall. 




Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Onions and Green Beans

(SOLD)

Finally finished this little painting!  It had been roughed in since last summer.  I sometimes get ahead of my paintings (with other paintings).  This painting reminds me of years of having gardens and the harvest that comes with it.  We raised wheat for years and when it came off for harvest so did my green beans.  I always planted too many and therefore I was overwhelmed with doing beans at that time of the year.   Finally, I guess after many open complaints of frustration, my sweet husband told me something like this one day, "Cheri, don't worry with those beans anymore.  If you just have to have fresh green beans, there are enough vegetable stands around here to keep us eating for weeks."  Right now this little painting is featured on an etsy sight that you can follow by clicking this link: 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pink Roses and Copper Plate

12x12 Original Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Roses, roses, roses......I never tire of painting them.  I hope to master them one day. 
This painting may be purchased by clicking: Pink Roses

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Apples and Glass Compote

by
Cheri Wollenberg
When my friend Pam brings apples from her tree in the late summer and early fall, we always have such fun painting them.  This painting is from one of the images I made of the still life set ups with the apples.  This year was a bad year and she only made a  few...they were very green when she brought them in, so I'm thinking the photograph I used here was from a year ago....still had a good time.
This painting can be purchase by clicking:  Apples 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

White Peonies 2010

White Peonies
by
Cheri Wollenberg
My husband and I grew up in Oklahoma.  We live in a different state now.  We live in a university town where we are blessed with many diversified cultures and wonderful people.  We love living here; however, we have found that the differences in how we pronounce words are not only with people who are from foreign countries.  I have to laugh as I write this because I have had to learn how to pronounce the flower (above), the peony as "pea-a-knee" rather than the "country" or "Oklahoman" way.  I had always called them "pea-o-knee" ....with an exaggerated accent on the "o" (laugh).  But, one thing I know....they are a beautiful flower and these were my yearly bouquet to emulate into a painting.  Their excellence of beauty is hard to capture, but I am satisfied that I painted it with energy and love.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Painting 2010

Christmas Painting 2010
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Each year I try to get a painting done for Christmas cards.  This is one that I am using this Christmas.  I set this still up for a couple of paintings classes that I teach every  week. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Piggy Pudding

8x8 Fine Art Print of Original Oil Painting
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Occasionally I get some crazy ideas that I have to try and this is one of them. 
Merry Christmas Everyone.

To purchase this print just click Piggy Pudding.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Blue Enamel Pot and Red Tomatoes

12x12 Original Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
This painting is from an image I photographed several years ago.  An artist friend brought in a basket full of very ripe tomatoes, green beans, and black-eyed susan flowers.  My goodness did we ever have a "photo shoot".  We arranged them in baskets, pots, and in every possible way  that we could imagine in a matter of very little time.  The experience we had was in itself beautiful.  The delights that artists have are so playful and childlike.  To my knowlege, I think the tomatoes were the only things I actually painted from life.  What a shame!  But, I have countless resources and sometimes I open that folder and remember my dear little friend - who has since moved away to another state.  I enjoyed painting Blue Enamel Pot and Red Tomatoes.  It has a real country mood to it.  Reminds me of other times in my past.


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