I decided to get into the holiday season by painting a little Christmas-themed still life painting. I have to say, this thing was a bit of a challenge, but I’m fairly happy with the results! This piece is available here at my Etsy shop, ArtworkbyBob. Happy Holidays!

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love to bake. It was only a matter of time before my love of baked sweets met my love of still life painting! I’ve wanted to paint pretty cakes for a long time, and I finally got around to baking up a batch of beautiful red velvet cupcakes with the intention of making adorable still life paintings with them.

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Here are my first two cupcake paintings! They are currently available here and here. Check out my other paintings for sale at my Etsy shop, ArtworkbyBob!

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I’m contemplating what I should bake next… maybe a pumpkin pie? Or a layer cake? Decisions, decisions…

I just finished this little painting of a rooster for my Etsy shop, ArtworkbyBob, and I had so much fun with it I had to share! I love animals and I am lucky enough to work around a lot of cute, friendly animals at Carlsbad Art Farm, where I teach drawing to children. I decided to paint this little rooster for a change of pace after doing so much still life.

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First, I started with a simple drawing in paint

photo 2After the drawing is done, I start adding simple blocks of color to cover the board

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Once everything is more or less covered, I start adding some more detail and texture.

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I continue to add detail and refine edges until I’m satisfied with the result. It always feels like it should be better, but you have to stop at some point…

This painting is available here. Check it out as well as my other paintings for sale!

I am such a sucker for those silly, decorative pumpkins that magically appear in the grocery store every October. I bought this white pumpkin, along with some flowers, last week for my students at Carlsbad Art Farm. We had a lovely still life lesson, which was a lot of fun, but left me with a lot of leftover (and perishable) still life props. Waste not, want not! I took the loot home and set up my own pumpkin still life to paint.

IMG_8178I love the orange stripes! This painting is available here at my etsy shop, Artworkbybob. Take a look!

I love making these little autumn themed paintings! This painting features more fall produce: a pumpkin, grapes and a pomegranate. The flower is an azalea from my garden – not quite keeping with the fall theme, but still very pretty.

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This painting is 8 by 10 inches, just a little bigger than the others in my store. Please check out my shop, ArtworkbyBob, and stay tuned for more updates!

One of my favorite artists is wildlife painter Bob Kuhn (1920 – 2007). Kuhn was a master of composition as well as a great draftsman. I especially admire his dynamic drawings.

BK_AIB2While I do like drawing animals, I have no great ambition to become a wildlife artist myself. When I study artists like Kuhn, I focus on aspects of their work that I want to  improve in my own paintings. For me, good composition is always a big challenge. To study composition, I like to make little master studies in my sketchbook to study the compositional style of artists that I like. I did these Bob Kuhn studies in my gouache sketchbook:

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IMG_8118All of these studies are about 2 by 2.5 inches. I try to keep them as simple as possible and focus only on the big shapes. The point isn’t to make a perfect copy of a painting in miniature, but to understand how the pieces of the painting fit together to make a harmonious picture.

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These are a lot of fun to do! Little studies like this are a great way to warm up for a day of painting at the easel.

There is a Bob Kuhn exhibit coming up next month at the Tucson Museum of Art. I’m hoping to be able to go check it out before it ends in February. I can’t wait to see some of these paintings in person!

I love autumn! This is the time of the year that really inspires me to paint with warm, comforting colors. This still life features a persimmon and a pumpkin – beautiful seasonal produce. IMG_7994

Unlike the other paintings I am currently selling at ArtworkbyBob, this piece is available already framed and ready to hang!

I’ll be updating again soon with more fall-themed still life paintings, so stay tuned!

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