Monday, April 20, 2009

Pearls, 6x6 Oil


My son 'babysat' for me today so I could go to the gym and the studio for a little while! I stood there wondering what on earth to paint. I've had this bag of pearl onions for a while (you have that in YOUR studio, don't you?) so I tore it open and spilled a few onto a white cloth. What, was I CRAZY? White onions on a white cloth? Well, I looked and looked and fooled around with the lighting, and saw lavender in the cloth, green, yellow and pink in the onions.... so I quickly set about getting some paint on the board. I felt an urgency... I didn't have all day, my son was being generous, but I know that the puppy is feeling VERRY comfortable by now and is a ball of energy, and can wear you out, so I didn't want to stay too long at the studio. I came home and he'd turned into Cujo and was trying to terrorize everyone and everything in the house! All of a sudden, an hour later, he flopped into his little bed with his snuggly toys... totally done in! Sorry. I promise this will remain an art blog, not a pug blog, I just couldn't resist this photo of him. Names are down to: Kumar (we have a cat named Harold), Paco, and Nacho.... Pin It

20 comments:

  1. He is SO beautiful. Thankyou for posting his picture. Love the name Paco;)
    This painting is serene. The colors are right on, the golden ochre- brownish at the tips of the stems, the shadows...love it!

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  2. This puppy is so cute. And, you nailed the colors of the onions!

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  3. A marvelous little painting!! I have to go get me some onions now.

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  4. Great job with the onoins, Kelley!
    I vote for Paco too.

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  5. Love your onions Kelley. Very nice painting. Baby looks more like a Paco to me...

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  6. The white on white worked beatifully and the pug is soooo cute. Look at those eyes..

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  7. the onions are terrific! Perfect colors and composition. I think pugs always look a little like Winston Churchill. How bout Winston for a name? ha ha Couldn't you see a little cigar hanging out of his cute little mouth? I love your posts about the puppy!

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  8. Love it! Keep it coming! The onions are beautiful, I love the white
    on white, you really do begin to see all the lovely colors if you
    look enough. Very elegant.
    Chris

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  9. Oh, you guys, thank you so much! And I DO know that pugs come originally from China, but those names aren't doing the trick! So he may just be Paco - I'm holding out a little longer - his personality is revealed more every day! and I'm on fire with new painting ideas - wish there were more time in every day, don't you?

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  10. Fabulous painting with beautiful and subtle transitions. Puppy too cute, really.

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  11. Love the painting!!
    I like both Paco and Nacho! Your story about your little baby is cracking me up! When we got Otis he was 9 weeks old and he was a fireball. I felt like I had a newborn baby on my hands. I was tired all the time and just plain worn out. Unlike a child it'll pass quickly but I know exactly how you feel! He is a cutie patootie!

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  12. Hilarious story about Cujo. How about that for a name?

    AWESOME painting, my dear. It's perfect.

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  13. Your little puggie is beyond adorable, love the updates! The pearl onions are gorgeous, The colors spectacular!

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  14. Oh I love your work....and your puppy!!! I must got get some onions for my studio immediately! :)

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  15. The pearl onions look awesome...and of course...so does the pup!

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  16. You guys are so funny and kind! I'm not visiting blogs too much this week, and I miss keeping up with you all! And Manon, I thought how much it was like having a baby - who doesn't wear diapers and CAN run behind furniture, eats everything it sees and cries when it doesn't see you!

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  17. Hi Kelley! Very nice job with the painting ... lovely, loose brushwork. I love the "white on white."
    And the PUPPY! Aren't they fun? (And exhausting!) Take it from one whose "pups" are now 8 months old ... take LOTS of pictures; the time goes by so fast! I thought it was funny what Sandra said about him looking like Winston Churchill. All he needs is a monacle. Hey! How about Mr. Peanut for a name?
    And PLEASE keep posting pics of him growing up!

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  18. Great the color palette and composition and style! I like the way you cropped the subject and those little moments of red here and there.

    Love your baby. I want him. You've picked a great selection of names.They all fit him perfectly. My personal favoirite would be Nacho Libre. He has that whole Jack Black thing going on with the muscular little body. I can just see him dressed in Nacho's red boots and cape on Halloween.

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  19. Kelley!

    I really like the way the "Pearls" painting turned out. Simple composition, yet effective.

    Soft and subtle color choices.

    On a side note, maybe your new pup is trying to tell you something. Maybe he wants to known as Cujo!

    Keep one eye open while you sleep!

    -Dean

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