Tuesday, March 19, 2013


watercolor 8 x 8 inches

I got home from Juneau on Wednesday and have been slow to get going in the studio again.  This always happens when I leave.... I just can't seem to get back into a good routine for a while.  Well, I'm here putting something on my blog which is a sign that I'm getting back in the groove.

I painted this still life Saturday and Sunday.  It took most of Saturday to set it up.  I sure wish I'd put the banana closer to the apple.... there's always something.   The Calico Fruit bowl was my mother's.  It has a pretty bad crack in in and I've used it in two other paintings, with fruit, of course. 

Although the weather was wretched in Juneau, the retreat was fun and  I painted a few little watercolors from the window and we went to Amalga Harbor on Sunday when there was a short break in the weather.  After I got home, I worked some more on the gouache painting that I've been piddling with for about a month and now its with another painting that I worked on for weeks and am still wondering how to finish.  I'm not going to look at either for a while.

Yesterday I got the water mixable oil paints out and  painted a small painting which I actually like.  And did another today which I don't like so much, but gessoed a bunch of mat board to do some more on.  And am at least thinking about challenging myself to painting 30 oil paintings in 30 days.   


Polly Birchall said...

You're a glutton for punishment, another 30 days! Wow. Hope you had a lovely time in Juneau and love the painting.

Celia Blanco said...

Beautiful still life Carole! I like the bright primary colors. I'm looking forward to seeing your oil paints too. I always wanted to try water soluble oils, hopefully someday.

martinealison said...

J'aime beaucoup votre composition qui me ramène un peu dans la cuisine de ma grand-mère avec la douceurs des couleurs et les fleurettes présentes un peu partout... Un bel hommage à Demoiselle Printemps!
Je vous comprends lorsqu'on arrête de peindre, la remise en route n'est jamais aisée.
Une jolie aquarelle.
Gros bisous

Teri said...

Hi Carole! Thanks for following my blog! It was a pleasure to meet you and do some art together at the retreat.
I do hope to get to Gustavus one of these days.
Take care!

Carole Baker said...

Polly and Celia, Now I'd better keep with my challenge to myself.

Martine, merci beaucoup. J'apprécie toujours vos commentaires aimables

Teri, It was a pleasure meeting you too and I hope we can paint together soon.

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

I really like your still life with the old fashioned table cloth and wall paper. Your fruit looks yummy.

I look forward to hearing more about the oil soluble oil paints.

Carole Baker said...

Thanks, Carol.