Thursday, March 31, 2011

Strawberries in a White Tin Cup

Strawberries in a White Tin Cup
8x8 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
Spring Break and vacation time was the venue for last week for my husband and I.  Sounds good, but this always means work for us!  We have an old ranch style country home in Oklahoma that we have been remodeling.  I took along my oil paints hoping that I will be able to paint sore muscles and all (laugh).   One morning I arranged this still life on a shelf I have in the mud room.  The sun was bursting through the windows creating an extreme high-key composition.  It was beautiful!  I decided to use contrasts in temperature leaving the strawberries to create contrast for the darkest values. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Pam's Bunny III

12x16 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg

This bunny has white with brown spots. He is a flopped eared rabbit, but his ears have never flopped as they should. Instead they look as if they are airplane wings and he is fixing to fly somewhere. I've painted this little bunny several times. When I painted him this time I was doing a demonstration at an art walk in Rogers, Arkansas.  Of course I painted him from a picture, but after I finished him I had to make a decision of what kind of environment I would place him in. I decided to paint some rolling hills with tree lines in the distance. Thus, Pam's little bunny had a place to roam!  If you are interested in purchasing this little guy and giving him a home, click Bunny.

Footnote:  Pam is one of my painting students and she agreed to bring two of her pet rabbits to class one day because she knew that my grandaughter was going to be at class.  My grandaughter was about 5 yrs old at the time and was afraid of them!!!!  In her defense, they really were big.  I bet we took more than 100 images between the students and myself to get "one" good resource picture for paintings of those little critters.  They are NOT good models (laugh).

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Apple Pies to Bake

12x12 Original Oil on Artist Panel
Cheri Wollenberg

This painting of apples and a rolling pin became a subject of inspiration for me when I was on a treasury with another etsy seller. I loved the photograph she had taken of the item that was featured from her shop. I asked her permission to do this painting and she graciously told me I could.  Just click Apples to read a further description and link to her shop.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mixed Rose Bouquet

12x12 Original Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
Roses come and go and I'm through with this particular arrangement.  I took lots of photos of the same roses so I'll try them again in a different container.  If you are interested in purchasing this painting click:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mixed Rose Bouquet II in Progress

My roses have now died, my bowl is still floating and my surface (cloth) needs more dark values.  I'm not sure whether I'll put the corner of the table in or paint the edge of the table straight across.  I'm thinking about adding a little of the cloth decoration.  I have realized that I have the roses way to focused and the edges are too severe,  and I haven't honored the focal area.  I squeezed the top rose in while I should have let it go out of the picture and now all of them are too crowded......I think the roses "grew" before they died (laugh).  Many decisions I have to make while I'm painting on some other things, and then to make things worse....I place guilt trips on myself for not posting often enough.....who told me to post often....myself, of course.
I need to have a dialogue with someone else!  Hope my husband is ready when he comes in this evening:) 


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