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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Autumn Santa

Autumn Camouflage
11x14 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg

This is a month that people enjoy opportunities to dress up, hide their identity, or simply use other people's identity or character as a temporary role for foolery, trickery or a good laugh.   I love mystery and intrigue; however, I'm past the age to get into full swing in planning a costume for a one-evening party.  BUT, recently I've been thinking about my yearly Christmas themed projects and decided that I would paint several Santa's before Christmas.  This is my first project.  I have a lot of old-world Santa décor that I've collected through the years.  They have such charm, simplicity and they inspire me to imagine some new stylistic portraits to try my hand at.  I think this guy would be a Santa trying to conceal his identity before the Christmas season.  Maybe he is planning his route.  Maybe he is checking out who has been good before the season.  Maybe.....just maybe he likes to conceal his identity.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cherries on Napkin - Small Still Life Painting

Cherries on Napkin
6x8 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg

I hate to be inconsistent in posting on my blog; however, life has many detours!  I'm working on two very large commission projects so I haven't had the time to paint or post lately.  Here is an offering until I can get other things done.  It is in my Etsy shop.  You can follow by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Still Life Oil Painting - Owl Planter and Harvest Gourds

8x10 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg

Sometimes as artists we have to paint things that are really fun!  We have to relax and allow our creative energy to express something that we find either amusing, comforting or even alarming!  Recently I lost my mother and I was gifted with many beautiful green plants.  After about a month some of them needed repotting.  So I began a journey to find flowering pots that would look good with my very eclectic home décor.  I must say that I'm very conservative when it comes to adding accessories of this nature to my farmhouse style.  First, I do not have a green thumb, second I want plain things to work into my already over-eclectic furnishings because I have a tendency to make "stuff" statements rather than "good" statements about my life style.
But.....My mother loved birds and living things and as I shopped for pots to house these wonderful plants given in her memory, I decided to get a few that would remind me of her and so.........the owl planter made it to my cart:)
 
I loved painting this quick little study.  This painting can be found in my Etsy store.  Just click here if you are interested.


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