Thursday, October 30, 2014

Still life with eggs and teapot



16x20 Oil on Gallery Stretched Canvas
Beverly Gurganus

I'm still thinking of a title for this piece.  Painting white is a challenge for me because my mind tries to talk to me the entire time making me question my use of color.  I find myself having to step away from the easel then come back with a fresh eye.  I never get a satisfied feeling about it until I have all the surrounding objects and background painted...then the color makes sense to me. 

 I was ready to do another still life using transparent glass, but I wasn't ready to depart from my egg/chicken theme.  I took 2 freshly laid eggs and placed it in the still life.  I'm really glad I did because I love the little pop of color these eggs lend to the painting.

Time to start another piece...  🎨

Update:  The title for this piece is..."Table For Two".

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chicken paintings

I have embarked on a new adventure of raising backyard hens.  I love collecting and eating fresh eggs from my own backyard as well as just sitting and watching the hens as they forge.  They each have their own personality, and they are much smarter than one would think.

I have been able to spend more time in the studio and that makes me Happy Happy Happy.  I decided to take this new adventure and use it as the subject matter for some of my paintings.  Below are three of my recent works that I have been working on.



Morning Gatherings
8x10 Oil on Canvas
Beverly Gurganus



  Buff Orpington
11x14 Oil on Canvas
Beverly Gurganus



Two By Two
16x20 Oil on Canvas
Beverly Gurganus

Longing


Longing
11x14 Oil on Canvas
Beverly Gurganus

Here is another painting inspired by another one of my daughters.  I took photos of my middle daughter last year before her formal, and this pose was my favorite.  The likeness is not on point, but that wasn't my ultimate goal...I wanted to capture the feel of the photo rather than the person of the photo.