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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Black White Faced Cow Painting Felix

12x12 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Felix is a masculine bovine.  The inspiration for this cow painting came when a customer and I were visiting and came up with a cross between two previous paintings.  Thus, Felix was born (laugh)!  I like him though.  He has strong markings, a slight smile and very gentle eyes.  When I paint a cow I usually like showing the gentle look in their faces.  Cows can be wild.....they can be stubborn....they can actually be dangerous if they think their babies are threatened, but those gentle, large eyes usually get to me.  Felix is listed at this link:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/88460872/cow-oil-painting-felix-12x12-canvas

Friday, December 2, 2011

Delilah Cow Painting

16x20 Original Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
I painted my third snowman and I'm not to crazy about the results!  I guess too much "reckless abandon" is not good.  My artist "gut" feeling was to quit and do some other things.  So, I have been working on this painting of a black baldie cow better described as a black cow with a white face.  I finished her up today and placed her in my Etsy shop.  You can see more about her by clicking here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Snowman Painting II

10x10 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg

This little snowman painting is the second one in a series of snowmen I'm painting for Christmas this year.
He is whimsical and playful.  My inspiration came from a seller on Etsy who makes adorable felted animals.  You can see her creations by following this link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BearCreekDesign?ref=ss_profile. If you are interested in purchasing prints of my snowmen follow this link: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87566997/snowman-fine-art-print-of-original-oil

Monday, November 28, 2011

Snowman I - Christmas 2011 Painting

10x10 Original Oil Painting
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Every year I try to do a special daily painting for Christmas.  This painting was for fun, it is not realistic but whimsical at best.  I loved doing him.  I felt like a child again and very playful.  I plan to do several more of these little guys if the mood and brush so dictates.   I was inspired to do this fellow when I saw the most adorable felted snowmen on Etsy by Teresa.  Her handmade creations can be seen by clicking this link:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/BearCreekDesign?ref=ss_profile.  I am selling prints of my snowmen here.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Turquoise Green Cup and Yellow Poppy

6x8 Original Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Since we have moved I have come across many coffee cups.  I like them, use them and I have a preference as to how they feel in my hand.  This is a hard thing to describe, but it can't be too heavy, it must be attractive, cannot have a saucer and has to keep the coffee hot!   The one in my painting here happens to be one of my favorite ones.  It looks especially nice with a flower...in this case a poppy...placed beside it for a daily painting.  It is listed in my Etsy store and for sale.  Just click the title to find out more about it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Green and Red Peppers in Blue and White Bowl Painting

10x10 Original Oil Painting
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Moving is not easy!  We have been moving to a different state during the last several weeks.  Oh My!!!
This is one of the paintings that I have managed to complete since moving my studio.  I'm getting use to my surroundings, and I needed the therapy that painting provides me.  When I paint my troubles and stress seem to disappear.  This particular still life painting was a little more tedious for me to do than some.  Green and red bell peppers make such a wonderful complementary statement.  Kitchens that have a lot of reds in them has to have green to create pleasing color balance.  In this painting the blue and white bowl seemed to be the perfect container for this little still life.  I loved the way the colors complemented one another and bounced around visually. If you are interested in this painting you can find it by clicking Peppers! 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

6x8 Original Oil Painting
by
Cheri Wollenberg
This is the second of several pear paintings that I've worked on in the last several days.  I'm still having a little trouble finding the right area in my new home to get just the right light for documented imaging.  The cup is one that I made in a pottery class several years ago.  I kept thinking that I needed to place it with something and the gold pears were the perfect companions for it.  To buy this painting you can go to my Etsy shop here.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Golden Pear Trio Original Oil Painting

Original Oil Painting
by
Cheri Wollenberg
This still life oil painting features juicy, golden pears against dark brown and rust colors.  I will probably take a better image later.  It is still wet and I am trying to find a good "picture taking spot" in the farm home we just moved to.....hence the wet surface caught more light than intended.  I have suffered "creativity withdrawal" since we've been here.  We have worked non-stop getting my studio ready to move more things from our previous home.  Today, I could bear it no longer.  I took out some photos that I had taken of fruit and decided to do a few pear paintings.  It felt so good to get the brushes out, squeeze the paint onto the palette, and transfer the rich colors to the canvas support with my brushes (lovely experience!).  I've already started the other one.  It will be tomorrow's post.  If you are interested in this painting as your own, you can click Golden Pears.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cherries and a Sip of Tea - A Painting

Cherries and a Sip of Tea
12x12 Oil on Canvas
Original Painting
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Red, juicy cherries larger than life are scattered in front of a small, turquoise colored tea cup and saucer in this painting.  The cherries are approximately 3 1/2 inches wide.  Placing splashes of pale oranges and greens that were less intense to complement the subjects seemed to calm the composition somewhat.  This one is also for a show coming up. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

White Enamelware Pot with Snow Ball Bouquet - A Painting


White Enamelware Pot with Snow Ball Bouquet
by
Cheri Wollenberg
I have to confess.........I love the old Enamelware items.  They make such nice subjects in still life arrangements.  I can't resist them in the flea markets that I visit frequently.  I have every color imaginable right now.  My husband and I love turning something old and discarded into something useful.  This oil painting is available on my Etsy site.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rose Study

6x6 Oil on Artist Board
A Daily Painting
by
Cheri Wollenberg

This small oil painting is of a study of pink and red roses.  This particular study is not any set up or particular picture I have, but of a combination of resources.  I love to paint roses.  Sometimes I am satisfied with the results and sometimes I'm not!  I like these pretty well.  I tried to paint them with ease and confidence allowing the paint to trickle and smudge together.  This little painting may be purchased in my Etsy store by clicking here.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Art Center of the Ozarks Presents 5x5


In my post of August 18, 2011 I included an image of one of the 5x5 paintings I had given to the Art Center of the Ozarks for their Ninth Annual 5x5 Art Exhibition.  This show is a fundraiser and gallery event they have every year in Springdale, NW Arkansas.  If you live in NW Arkansas, this is a wonderful time to support them....plus, the art is varied and fantastic.  The Art Center creates offerings for the community year round for children to adult ages.  If you live locally please join us and I promise you will have a great time at this festive event and view some beautiful art work from some of the finest artists in NW Arkansas.  This is their invitation for 2011 and you can see that the artwork is diverse and stunning.  Check out their website and give them a call now.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sassy - A Small Charolais Cow Painting

Sassy
A Small Charolais Cow Painting
6x6 Oil on Artist Board
by
Cheri Wollenberg
I never tire of painting cows.  Moving back to the farm will bring new fresh subjects for me.  I look forward to this chapter in my life.  This painting is of a young Charolais bovine.  She looks like a show animal, regal and clean....ready to show off for a crowd.  This painting is in a collection for a gallery show coming up.  If you are interested in her, you'll have to contact me personally.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Little Nest of Eggs - Daily Painting

Little Nest of Eggs
6x6 Artist Board
A Daily Painting by Cheri Wollenberg
I am very busy right now moving to another home.  I have studios in two different places, and I am preparing for two exhibitions.  This little nest of blue eggs is one I enjoyed painting while I was on a trip to New Mexico last week.  I have painted birds' eggs and nests before and they are quite fun.  This  painting will be for sale in a gallery I'm working with so if you are interested, you will need to contact me by email located in my profile.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Rooster - Rooster Painting

12x12 Original Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
It won't be long until my husband and I will be moving to our farm home.  I mentioned in an earlier post (June 14)  that my grandson and I had talked about raising some chickens.  He has not forgot!!!  Thinking about chickens again caused me to remember a painting that I did of a rooster.  I never was very happy with the results.  The compostion was not right for the support size.  So this is what I did to this fellow....  I cropped him on the canvas, took my exacto knife and did a little "surgery".  He was painted originally on a 16x20 stretched canvas.  I cropped and cut a 12x12 image from it and I'm much happier now.  The composition reads better.   I glued the painted canvas to a heavy foamboard with archival glue and framed him.  He is in my Etsy shop.  You can see two views...one of him and one of him framed.   Have a look at him.  He is a very welcoming fellow:)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Strawberry Topped Cupcake - A Daily Painting

8x8 Daily Painting
by
Cheri Wollenberg
I am so easily distracted....I will be painting on one thing and then I'm off trailing to another subject.  I love painting.  Can't get enough of it!  I love food also.  This cupcake was delicious!
If you would like to have this little painting hanging in your kitchen or propped up against a shelf somewhere in your home, click.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Red Poppy And Red Vase

Red Poppy And Red Vase
12x24 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg


Red!  I love the color!  It is is exciting and stimulating.  I loved it as a child, and I think that I may be stimulated to it as a moth is to light.  Red can have both positive and negative connotation as a symbol in our language.  I would not want negative things thought about me personally, but I have a strong attraction for the color.  I would not want others to think of me as being overly confident or outrageous or some of the word language that it could imply, but I do tend to love it in my wardrobe.  A confession that I can make is that I have felt extremely “good” or “appropriately loud” at times in my life when I wore red (laugh).  One thing I know…..red is beautiful, it is exciting, and it gets my attention.  My desire to paint with red is that I simply like it.  I recently purchased a red vase.  It has been “screaming” for me to paint it; but frankly, it is hard to place with other items in a still life.  It is if this vase demands to be the “star of the show” or the focal point.  For some reason I’m challenged to pursue its possibilities and experiment with this vase.  I’m going to paint it in two ways.  This is my first post where I believe I have suppressed its total importance (because of it's exciting color)……giving the first focal direction to a flower….the poppy.  My next post about this vase will be that it is the most important focal point in an arrangement.   Either way………..Red is beautiful!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pumpkins I - Original Oil Painting

6x8 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
The leaves are falling here in Fayetteville just like it was already fall.  School has started, the kids are getting on buses everyday in their new school clothes, and there is always excitement in the air about football, new friends, various other things and change.  Changes in the seasons are also exciting.    The stores have changed their decorations themes.  Pumpkins and harvest themes are already being displayed everywhere.  Magazines are beginning to print new recipes and the newest fabrics and fashion trends. Artists are inspired by these changes too.  I am inspired with the colors, textures, and  aromas of new candles.  So I decided to start painting pumpkins and gourds.  I prefer to paint them from life but this one is from a picture.  I took a lot of pictures last fall of various gourds and pumpkins so I may do several while waiting for the first fruits of harvest to show at the neighborhood markets.    This is my first attempt for Autumn 2011.  Click Pumpkin I to go to my Etsy Shop if you would like more information about it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cow Painting of a Hereford Called Hilliary

Cow Painting of A Hereford Called Hilliary
18x18 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Hilliary is the name of this cow; however I wanted to entitle this painting "Love, Love, Me Do".
To purchase her you can visit my chatterboxart store on Etsy.  Just click Hilliary.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Teal Cup and Orange Poppy

Teal Cup and Orange Poppy
5x5 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
This little 5x5 painting is a donation to the Art Center of the Ozarks for the Ninth Annual 5x5 Art Exhibition.  The art center hosts this exciting fundraiser and gallery event in Springdale, NW Arkansas.   Each miniature has to be created on 5x5 canvas that is given to local artists from the ACO organization.  Any media may be used as long as it stays the original dimensions.  The miniature works are then placed for auction during a fabulous evening event.  All the
proceeds are given to the organization for some really great worthwhile offerings to our community during the year. Artists and art collectors in NW Arkansas look forward to this event every year.  There are 350+ entries every year.  Visit ACO here to read more about this festive affair.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Red Zinnia and White Pottery Teapot

10x10 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
I thought I would try painting another red flower and teapot today for my daily painting, and believe it or not.... I'm the creator of this white teapot. When I was working on my masters degree in art education I was limited to the art classes I could take during the summer.  I taught classes in high school so I couldn't take too many classes during the week during the school year either.  I attended SWOSU in Weatherford (a great place...by the way).  Since it is a small university,  their class offerings during the summer were limited to pottery and commercial arts.  I opted for the pottery and had a blast.  I was more successful in handbuilding than in throwing on the wheel, but this is one of the few things that managed to survive the wheel and the kiln (laugh).  This painting can be purchased in my etsy store by clicking:  Painting

Monday, August 15, 2011

Red Poppy and Yellow Vase

Red Poppy and Yellow Vase
6x8 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Primary color schemes are sometimes the most fun to paint.  I picked this unusual yellow vase up at a local flea market a while back, and it has become one of my favorite subjects to paint lately.  This little daily painting can be purchased by clicking here!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bell Peppers - Bell Pepper Painting

6x8 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Ummmmmmm!  Fresh vegetables!  There is nothing like eating these bell peppers in a number of different recipies either fresh or cooked; however, their color make them a favorite for nearly all artists to paint.  Very exciting!
Bell Peppers can be found in my Etsy store.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Brass Pot and Red Apple

8x8 Oil on Artist Board
by
Cheri Wollenberg
This painting features a little brass-like pot that I picked up somewhere at a flea market.  It is more like an aluminum metal and is very yellowish.  I've always liked the shape of it, but the color is not too desirable.  It doesn't reflect things like I thought it might.  It needed a punch of color and the red apple seemed to do it.  To buy this painting click

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sunflowers III

16x20 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Here in Fayetteville, Arkansas we have had many weeks of dry and "hot" weather.  Like so many cities and states we have had record-breaking temperatures.  Many states now have had temperatures in three digits for over 30 days.  The sunflower is one wildflower that seems to withstand these temperatures.  They have become wilted and dry, but those beautiful yellow petals still hold a beauty that so many of us cannot resist.  Several weeks ago we were invited to a friend's home to see her son off on a journey that he is taking.  My friend (who is an artist) had decorated the tables and various places in her home with these magnificent flowers that had come from her father's garden.  She shared these particular ones with me and I have started several paintings from photos that I had taken of them in several different compositional stills.  Sunflowers III can be purchased by clicking here.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Green Vase with Red Radishes

8x10 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
The process of painting radishes is a most enjoyable experience and a great subject.  I think the actual color of these should have a little more alizarin crimson color to them.  I purposely used more cadmium red because I enjoyed the complementary effect with the green vase.  "Artistic License"...a great thing even though it has gotten me into a little trouble before.....not serious....just cornering me into a defensive conversation:)  This painting is for sale in my Etsy shop:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/79109565/green-metal-vase-with-red-radishes-8x10

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lilacs in Antique Cream Pitcher

by
Cheri Wollenberg
Lilacs are some of my favorite flowers.  They always remind me of my grandmother.  She had huge bushes that were so fragrant and sweet smelling.  They lined the drive going up to her home.  It's funny how scents can bring visual images to mind.  I can see her when I smell the lilacs.  I can see her stooped over picking blackberries and then making blackberry cobbler.  She made wonderful jams and buttermilk busquits.  She was 4'11" but we grandchildren we had a great respect for her.  She was loving but firm.   Her fragrance and beauty was as sweet smelling as the lilacs to me.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pink and White Peonies

18x18 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Last spring one of my students brought some pink peonies for my class to paint in a still life arrangement.  I had some white ones that we mixed with them to make a fuller bouquet.  I can almost smell the fragrance they made as I write this post.  Their aroma is extremely pleasing to me.  As I painted this composition, I changed the peonies to a more peach colored pink in this painting.  They were actually an intense or hot pink color, but this particular "vignette" of peonies, I wanted to do warm tones.  I enjoy the challenge of the anatomy of the particular flower, peony.  Since this image was taken, I've painted the bud in the foreground a little sharper.  I felt it didn't need to be quite so lost and it needed to come more forward.  I have set my white peonies in still lifes every year for about 9 years now.  Each year I find that they are a challenge.  I don't know why they are a little difficult, but I thoroughly enjoy the process of painting them and hope that I learn more each time.  To see the price of this painting you can click Peonies

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Radish Bunch

Radish Bunch
10x10 Original Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg

There is nothing quite as beautiful as fresh veggies picked from the garden.  Not only are they beautiful, but they give great pleasure to the gardener who grew them.  Radishes have been some of my favorite veggies since I was a little girl.  I loved digging them up, taking them to a water hose and cleaning them off and I like the hot, spicy taste they bring to the palate.  Delicious to eat....delicious experience of painting these beauties!





Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cottontail Rabbit

Cottontail Bunny
6x6 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Here at our home in Fayetteville we have two decks....an upper and lower deck that faces the north.  In the mornings between 6:00 and 7:00 am we go to the upper deck to drink coffee.  Many times there are deer that are passing between the forest treelines on the east and west of our house.  There are other little forest creatures that grace us with their presence too.  For the last several weeks there have been two little bunnies that jump, run and play.  They have been a delight to watch.  One morning I decided to take my camera out and try to capture them.  All my shots were from above and not too conducive to painting, so I decided to sneak downstairs, and see if I could quietly get some photos of them.  Needless to say, I had to zoom in quite a bit.  I took a lot of images to get a few that gave me what I was looking for as resources to paint.  I found that painting this image was rather challenging.  First, there was a lot of green around them, and second, the values were very much the same.  I had to take a lot of artistic license when I painted the small one.  I will have to try this little guy at least one more time or the other fellow.  Both were so cute.  Below are other images of them.  I think this one thought he was hiding from me and I thought I was hiding from him (chuckle).  To check this little fellow out, click Cottontail Rabbit.
Hiding?
Posing?



Monday, July 4, 2011

Strawberries in Blue and White Bowl

Strawberries in Blue and White Bowl
8x8 Original Oil Painting
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Happy 4th of July to Everyone.  This is the closest I came this year to something for the holiday.  The colors red, white and blue might count!!  To see this painting's details, click Strawberries.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Round Hay Bales in the Summer

12x12 Original Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Summer brings heat and hay harvest.  It is a good time for family get togethers, apple pie, and watermelon.  Country folks continue to bale hay, feed the chickens, cows and other farm animals.  Summer also is a time for riding horses, fishing and mowing the lawn (over and over and over).  We have been working at our farm home.  It is so hot this year that we work for a couple of hours and then cool off and drink lots of water and tea.  I'm thankful today for the earth and its beauty - Psalm 104:5
By clicking Round Hay Bales, you can find out more about it.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Eggs II

6x8 Original Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
I've wondered the last several days how creative an artist could be in painting eggs.  I think since I seem to be consumed with this topic and chickens lately, I'll explore it a little bit.  These eggs certainly tasted good.  They were supposed to be laid by cage-free hens.  They are a pretty golden brown color and I enjoyed painting them.  It makes a nice subject for a daily painting....lots of practice and just plain fun!  This painting is listed in my Etsy store.  You may take a look at it by clicking Eggs II.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Miss Hen and Eggs - Two Paintings That Go Together

8x10 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
As I get older I have this crazy desire to do things I never did before.  It may be the "bucket" thing....I don't know.  My husband and I will be moving back to a farm home in the near future, and I have decided that I would like to have a couple of hens.  There are several reasons for this.....I think it would be nice to have fresh eggs; I think chickens are  fun subjects to paint; and, I have a little farmer grandson who get's really "wide-eyed" when he thinks he is fixing to embark on a new venture.  We have raised cattle, lambs, pigs, and crops, but never chickens!  At one time of my life raising chickens would have been the last thing I ever wanted to do.  My grandmother had them and when we grandchildren went barefooted in the summertime.........well, you know the rest!  Anyway, I'll probably extend this post at another time and write about some of my previous experiences with roosters and chickens, but today....I wanted to post two related daily paintings that I finished a couple of weeks ago.  The hen above and the eggs below can be seen on etsy if one would be interested in buying them.  I enjoyed painting both of them.

6x6 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg

Monday, June 13, 2011

Country Tree

6x6 Oil on Artist Panel
by
Cheri Wollenberg

Back in November, 2010 my husband and I were in Oklahoma for a few days. He was sowing wheat on an acreage close to our home there. I rode for a couple of hours in the tractor with him and took photographs all around the field. This painting is from one of those photographs. It is a simple painting but sometimes I need "simple" (laugh). Great fun. Click tree to see more about it.




Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pears IV

18x18 Original Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg

Painting oversized pears create an extremely impressive composition.  In today's new homes the ceilings are high and to place a painting almost halfway to the ceiling dewarfs many subjects.    The pears (one in the foreground and two in the background) are four times the size of a real pear, casting shadows across the white table cloth that dissapears to a rustic, dark red background.  This is my fourth painting this year of larger than life pears.  The others were requested by different buyers.  Click Pears to get more information about the size and price:)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pink Peonies and Black Kitty Cat

8x8 Oil on Artist Panel
by
Cheri Wollenberg
I picked this little ceramic cat up at a local flea market several years ago.  I have wanted to paint it with something for a long time, but never had just the right objects to place with him.  But as I worked with the peonies and black vase, it was like he was purring and trying to get my attention.  He worked out perfectly for this simple still life and he looks like he has found a place of importance (laugh)!  You can find him here.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Painting Demo of Bouquet of Daisies - Daisy Dance

Daisies are cropping up all over alongside the roads in Northwest Arkansas.  I find myself dreaming up how to paint them as I travel on the road.  What is really scary is that I would like to stop.....doesn't matter where....and pick some of them.  Is this stealing?  They are wild flowers and they don't look like they belong to anyone!  I fear I have been a thief on occasion.  Tempting they are and I have decided to give you a very small story in pictures about this painting - a painting demo starting at a decision making point.  Here goes:

No....I didn't pick these daisies along the road!  Yes, they are fake!  I prepared a canvas with acrylic paints and did a quick, rough underpainting of the daisies.  I started my imagining a little too late, but I painted gray tones where I would place the daisies and I painted the vase brilliant yellow.  When it was dry I began to paint over the underpainting with my oil paints. 

I have a tendency to over-do everything!!!  I had such a good time painting the daisies that I tried to get them all on the painting support.  This created a perfect ball for a bouquet (a manicured topiary!) (laugh).  I decided I needed to take some of the daisies out!

12x12 Original Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
This is better even though the bouquet is a little tight.  I could paint more flowers out, but this is where I'll stop.  I will paint another one with some real daisy flowers.  This was good practice!  Click here if interested:

 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Lemons

6x6 Original Oil Painting on Art Panel
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Speed painting!  Quickly done and needs improvement, but great practice! I'll probably paint it again.   Purchase can be made by clicking: Lemons


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Golden Onions and Crock

8x10 Original Oil Painting
by
Cheri Wollenberg
It has been an extremely busy week for me, but I managed to finish a few paintings I had started.  This painting of onions and crock is one of them.  My brush danced until I started painting the loose onion skins.  Expression with the brush comes hard and fast for me most of the time, but when approaching a  more complicated area in a compositional set up, I begin to choke up the speed, get in another gear,  and look a little harder at the elements of some subjects.  My first inclination is to say to myself, "This is hard, what were you thinking, why challenge yourself, and you don't have time?"  Then I find myself (using the left side of the brain) thinking out logically that it is only a matter of shapes and lines, don't get bogged down with the subject matter, and get on the other side of the brain and enjoy it.  So, I enjoyed this one!!!!  To purchase this painting click Golden Onions and Crock.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Announcement of an Event

If you happen to be in Fayetteville, AR this evening, please accept this as a personal invitation to come by and see some of Cari Humphrey's and my paintings.  If you cannot attend our opening you are welcome to stop by Arsaga's Expresso Cafe at Crossover Ave and Mission any time during the dates noted above.

Friday, May 6, 2011

White Peonies in Pink Vase

10x10 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
I have white peonies that bloom every spring in my yard.  Each year I hardly can wait to paint them.  Their anatomy is so delicate and beautiful.  There are yellows and oranges that radiate out in the middle and through the slender petals from the center of the bloom itself.  Then on the outside of the bloom away from the bulbular center fall these very pale pink and white petals that catch light blue reflections from the sky and artificial light.  Peonies are a little challenging to paint, and sometimes I feel more successful in painting them than other times, but they are always a joy to try to emulate.  The pink vase is one of my still life favorites and I save it for very special flowers.  It is like a favorite child (laugh).  This year it seemed to cry out to me, to place these few peonies in it.  They compliment one another very well.  This painting is pretty high-key and has a pastel overtone.  To buy it you can click Peonies.

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