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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!



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.



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!



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

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.


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!

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!

After a lot of work (and procrastination) I am proud to announce that I have (finally) started my very own Etsy shop! ArtworkbyBob is officially open for buisiness!

Here is a little preview of some of the pieces in my shop:




Most of the paintings, with a few exceptions, are 5 by 7 inches. I’ll be posting more paintings as I add them to the shop, so check back often!

Thank you!

Still life painting is still a relatively new thing for me. I’ve only been focusing on still life for about a year. As with anything, of course, practice makes perfect (And I am far from perfect.) I really enjoy painting these, even if I can’t freehand an ellipse to save my life. Oh, well.

These paintings are all fairly small, only 5″ by 7″ or smaller. I usually paint on gessoed masonite, which is super cheap and fun to paint on. Gesso can be kind of slick and the paint tends to move around a lot, so I prefer to work with thin stains first and build up to thicker paint slowly. I usually allow my first layers of paint to dry for a day or so before painting over them. I always put a few drops of clove oil in my paint, so even after a few days, it’s usually still a bit tacky on the masonite. (clove oil is amazing; add a drop to each pile of paint on your palette to keep your colors wet and usable for months.)

I have a few more of these currently on the easel. Hopefully, the more I practice still life, the better they’ll be. For now, I see a lot of potential for improvement, but of course, there always is.