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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.

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