Artist Chosen by the Official Major League Baseball Commission to create oil painting for Bud Selig's Retirement Gift custom sports still life art

Sports Still Life Artist Selected by MLB
 "Well Played"
5x5 inches / oil on panel
 I am honored to be the artist recently chosen by the OFFICIAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL COMMISSION to create a custom oil painting for Commissioner Bud Selig's corporate retirement gift.  The painting was created lifesize and aged to match the wear from a baseball actually in play during the game.  I enjoyed painting all the intricate details such as stretched holes from tightly pulled laces, dings, stains and most importantly, the official MLB logo and Bud Selig's signature "Allan H. Selig" on the ball in the painting.  I entitled the painting "Well Played" which just seemed so apropos in celebration of his long, successful term.  You'll see in the image shown above where I'm holding the actual baseball alongside the framed painting set on my easel, that the painting appears a little darker but it's just in shadow from the deep profile of the frame.  It was quite a thrill and an honor not only to be chosen as the MLB sports artist for such a monumental occasion, but also to actually have an official baseball in my hand which was directly from the field of play!  Imagine holding a baseball that was pitched across home plate and sunk into a glove at first base.  I think my husband, who is a huge baseball fan (NY Mets), was even more excited than I was!!

large classical oil painting still life white peonies pink roses butterflies bees yellow sevres vase fruit books fringed cloth delphiniums figs lemons grapes capturing nature's trnasient beauty through art

20 x 24 inches / oil on canvas
Presented above is an intensely elaborate commissioned oil painting with a garden theme related to California.  To oblige that request, I included numerous wildflowers, fruit and three different butterflies indicative of the region.  Also, I added grapes to symbolize a new venture when my client purchased a vineyard.  Her childhood favorite, Peonies, was also to be added being sure to include ants and dewdrops.  During our initial conversation, other favorite things became apparent such as a favorite shade of yellow, Sevres porcelain and antique books.  Here I chose a yellow Sevres vase depicting a romantic garden scene and gilt highlights as the foundation of the composition.  She also had a vintage goldleaf frame which contained another painting she wanted replaced, so I kept that shade of gold in mind as well as her decor and color scheme which were presented in photographs of her home.  With all these requests, I was particularly inspired and only wish the canvas was larger to accommodate my enthusiasm, hence the title, "Exuberance".

deep pink peonies bunnies on creamware vase ginger jar oil painting little gems

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Little Gems Series
Burgundy Pink Peonies with Creamware Bunnies
5x5 inches / oil on panel

Fresh White Peonies in Edwardian Silver Teapot with Antique Lace capturing nature's transient beauty

  Fresh White Peonies in Edwardian Silver Teapot with Antique Lace
12x12 inches / oil on panel
These billowy blossoms from my spring garden depict my attitude as the new year arrives with fresh, new beginnings such as the purity of white, yet still treasuring the past as shown with my antiques.  I especially love how the highlights seem to vanish into the background on the cover and bone finial, the edges of the peonies and even the side of the worn, wooden box. The  mauve pink and lavender blue reflections within the engraved, ridged surface of the teapot and inside the smooth, satin feel of the handle were such fun to paint.  Of course the lace is almost my favorite with the edges silhouetted against the pure white background on one side and slightly ruffled and reflected in the dinged wood box.  I love all the subjects in this light infused arrangement.

Hershey's Kisses Valentine's Day oil painting still life little gems series

rainbow kisses
4x4 inches oil on panel

on my easel oil paintings of teacups in progress little gems still life

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"Lavender Tea and Roses" Featuring a Rare Lavender Teacup with Butter Yellow Roses 5x5 in. oil on panel
"Four O'clock Teatime" Featuring Turquoise Aqua Blue Foley Teacup with Scone and Book 8x8 in. oil on panel 
Both paintings will be finished within the next two weeks or so, but if you wish to purchase in advance just email me at
Note the painting "Pansies and Lace" in the shadows alongside which can be viewed in the previous post.

Pansies in Glass Jar with Crocheted Lace contemporary realism still life oil painting purple violet white

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Pansies and Crocheted Lace
5x5 inches / oil on panel
I recall as a child, accompanying my mother to the plant nursery where she told me to search for the pansies that had "faces".  So even today I still refer to Pansies as the smiling faces of Spring.  They are a personal favorite to paint not only for this reason, but also for the wonderfully translucent qualities as the light shines through the petals such as shown on the flower on the left.  Note how that deep, rich purple fades on the backside where the creases of the petals shine through.

OREOs Double Stuf contemporary realism oil painting still life

OREO:  Double Stuf
5x5 inches / oil on panel
We baby boomers have been enjoying what many term the “retro” look of things, and oil paintings are no exception. Here I’ve focused all my attention on studying the details of this childhood favorite. Even after a lifetime of dunking and twisting off the tops of these treats, I never noticed until now, that they are impressed with the OREO logo as well as the words “Double Stuf” so I’ve included all those details, even shadows behind the crumbs, which make realism painting such fun!

classical still life oil painting floral Peonies and Black Tulips with Rose in Figural Creamware Vase Jar with Deer

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Peonies and Black Tulips with Rose in Figural Creamware Vase Jar with Deer
20x16 inches / oil on canvas

 A fun little anecdote about this painting...when my client opened the box she screamed at the bee that was on it and tried repeatedly to brush it off…only to realize it WAS the painting!!  I love adding bees and butterflies to remind us that without them we'd have no blossoms. 
These "Queen of the Night" tulips with their beautiful sheen, provide an interesting interplay of contrasts against the white peonies, creamware vase and linen cloth, as they almost recede into the background where they play a supporting role. Completing the classical flow of the composition is a thorny rose. Two honeybees, wings glistening and hind legs full of orange pollen, are the finishing touches to this Spring arrangement.

large classical contemporary oil painting fruit peeled orange glow similar to orange burst

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"Orange Glow"
Inspired by an earlier painting of mine entitled "Orange Burst" which was a more classical composition, "Orange Glow" is definitively more contemporary with the dramatic lighting and square format, yet equally adaptable in a horizontal format.  This spectacularly luminous orange is featured in an overhead spotlight for maximum impact.  The fruit nearly appears to be glowing, hence the title.

shades of white featuring peonies crystal glass pedestal candy dish lace floral still life painting

Shades of White
24x24 inches / oil on canvas
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"An Enriched Life: It has been said that collecting original works of art is a luxury, but considering that it provides nourishment for one's soul, it is indeed a necessity." --ILLENYE

Little Gem still life oil painting Glamis Castle David Austen English Rose in glass jar with lace

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"Glamis Castle Rose in Glass Jar"
7x5 inches / oil on panel
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Happy New Year Everyone!
Here's my first Little Gem for 2015 featuring a highly perfumed musky Glamis Castle English Rose in a soft, creamy white to symbolize freshness and purity which is how I always view the new year and January in general.  It's a sampling of my new direction which I've slowly been pursuing in recent years, in between fulfilling orders for commissioned paintings. After dabbling in a vast array of subjects, I've finally decided to focus predominantly on flowers which are my absolute favorite along with everything that can accompany them such as crystal, lace, glass jars, silverware, teapots and teacups contrasting with rustic elements of painted wood, moss and nests.  In other words, all my favorite things of beauty.  As I state on my website homepage, "It's all about beauty in nature and antiques."  If you'd like to purchase my first Little Gem of the year, kindly click here.

classical fruit flowers oil painting old world Dutch Master style roses grapes antique ewer velvet oriental rug

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"Still Life with Ewer"
20x16 inches / oil on canvas
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 Although most of my compositions are inspired by the Dutch masters, this particular painting was originally inspired by the French flower painter Louis-Antoine Estachon (1819-1857) and is one of my first elaborate classical oil paintings featuring fruit and flowers arranged around an antique brass wine or water ewer with curvaceous detailing and handle.  Blushing pink and white English roses primulas, grapes, peach, plum and narcissi rest softly upon a dark green velvet cloth trimmed in gold fringe on a gadrooned table ledge.  The stage is set with the backdrop featuring a worn Oriental rug and a branch of apple blossoms with red raspberries for a cohesive and classical pyramidal composition.

spode blue italian transferware bowl goldfinches birds fruit pears grapes large classical oil painting

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American Goldfinches, Pears, Grapes and Cherries in Cracked Spode Blue Italian Bowl
16x20 inches / oil on canvas
     If you're a regular visitor to my blog and website, you've no doubt seen a good amount of blue & white porcelain and Spode Blue Italian transferware.  It has been the single most popular subject requested by clients, and I love painting it, particularly since it's my everyday set...well, except in Winter when I switch to another Spode pattern in one of their Victorian Christmas collections...and my brown transferware, and various mulberry transferware patterns, and two patterns of the Autumnal Game Series.  I digress, as my purpose for reposting this painting which I'd completed and sold many years ago, is to chat a little about Spode in general and introduce you to two fabulous sites. 
     Recently, I was introduced online to Pam Woolliscroft who began collecting at an early age and confesses that she'd even purchase cracked or chipped pieces that were priced more appropriately for a teenager to begin collecting...a great idea.  Of course I agree with this concept as a thing of beauty is not destroyed by what I've always referred to as the "kisses of time".   (You've seen how often I even paint cracks in my bowls for interest.)  Pam's early interest in Spode guided her toward a career as curator of the Spode Museum Trust as well as authoring a marvelous new blog which has been met with an overwhelming response,  Spode History:  Snippets of history relevant to the Spode pottery manufactory in Stoke-upon-Trent.  It's a tremendously informative site with wonderful images and links.  Additionally, Pam has begun Spode A-Z featuring a history of Spode patterns, no doubt a huge undertaking but one that will be quite enjoyable to watch grow.
     Another fellow Spode enthusiast whom I also met online is David Hoexter, web administrator of the Transferware Collectors Club which shares a passion for antique British transferware from 1760 to 1900.  It's a truly vast site in which one could spend days at a time browsing the endless array of beautiful transferware, and even buy or sell to enhance your own collections.  Another wonderful site which is a joint effort by the TCC and others to create an online Spode Exhibition.
     For those of us who are collectors, it's always delightful to make new acquaintances who share our appreciation of history and these beautiful wares, so I invite you to pop over and visit these wonderful sites and enjoy the tour!

orange burst classical fruit oil painting cherries grapes peeled orange strawberries

Orange Burst
14x18 inches / oil on canvas
A classical beauty, this orange painting was one of my first which inspired many interpretations including "Orange Glow" which is a more contemporary version. With it's explosion of orange segments, dripping juice and seeds, "Orange Burst" is an abundant composition partially inspired by the American Master, William John McCloskey.  Peeled oranges have always been such a popular subject with my clientele and I must admit it's my favorite fruit subject to paint. 

classical oil painting floral spring blush english roses basket nest feathers moss broken eggs bees

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Spring Blush
16x20 inches / oil on canvas

old world large classical fruit still life silver shell moon and stars pedestal cake stand fringed green velvet tassels crystal wine decanter capturing nature's transient beauty oil painting

"Classical Still Life of Fruit and Wine with Silver Shell"
18x24 inches / oil on canvas
 Email for more photos -- some are looking a little too red and some with glare
Oh, I am the worst photographer! No patience. Always a glare and shows too much red here. Nevertheless, it shows fairly well for you to get the idea.  This is one of my last truly classical paintings for some time, although I have a closet full of large classical pieces in progress.  Seems that I've been (deliberately) headed in a new direction these past three years and have abandoned the larger classical works for a while.  I suspect one day I'll revisit them as they are really beautiful florals, but I want to make them quite spectacular with an emphasis on fluidity and openness of composition.  Therefore, I'll need to go through my new phase in order to revisit them in the future.  Hope you enjoy this particular classical painting until then.  Of course if you wish to commission a classical still life painting I'll be happy to oblige.   If you're interested in more photos I'll work a bit harder at getting an accurate representation for you.

Happy New Year! Fresh Peonies in Edwardian Silver Teapot with Antique Lace Still Life Oil Painting

  Fresh White Peonies in Edwardian Silver Teapot with Antique Lace
12x12 inches / oil on panel
These billowy blossoms from my spring garden depict my attitude as the new year arrives with fresh, new beginnings such as the purity of white, yet still treasuring the past as shown with my antiques. 

Birthday Carrot Cake with Candle still life oil painting Little Gems

 "The Big 5-Oh!"
6x6 inches / oil on panel
Artist's Private Collection
This piece of cake is actually seven years old! (Well, not the cake per se.) I'd begun this painting on my 50th birthday after a tea party my sister hosted in my honor, and this was the last piece of cake.  So before devouring it, I began this painting.  However, client commissions distracted me from completing it and only today, on my 57th birthday, did I find it in my piles of incomplete work.  As I can't immediately come up with a witty title for 57, I'll keep the original...does that mean I can be 50 again? ;o)

Christmas Card 2014 PEACE

Christmas Card 2014

This is always a time to reflect and give thanks for all the wonderful gifts bestowed upon us.

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After dabbling in a vast array of subjects, I've finally decided to focus my new still life oil paintings predominantly on flowers which are my absolute favorite along with everything that can accompany them such as crystal, lace, glass jars, silverware, teapots and teacups contrasting with rustic, textural elements of painted wood, moss and nests. In other words, all my favorite things of beauty. As I state on my website homepage, "It's all about beauty in nature and antiques."

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