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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Scotch, I Mean Butterscotch, 6x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

These little sweeties are going to be in the Valentine show at the James Library in Norwell, MA.  I'll have 4 candy paintings and hopefully they'll make someone's sweet tooth smile!

I did this as a demo for my Saturday Class, which is fun in very many ways, and will be a mix of people who can commit to the 8 weeks, and those who can't and just drop in.  We're going over the basics, which everybody can benefit from, right, from time to time?

Today was "Composition Day" and we talked about things to avoid, and had, I thought, a simple subject - candies.  What I hadn't thought about was 1) my students are artists in other mediums and were thinking about values, edges, color, etc. etc.... ACK!  I thought candies were just shapes.. but they also had cellophane, and at least 2 levels of highlights...  Well, they did just great, even with all those other concerns!  Happy, happy day.


  1. This is my favorite candy well painted and it looks like it is sitting on a Tiffany box. Your students are very lucky to have you for a teach. Wish I could be there.

  2. ah, does that mean this painting is not for sale now? Really like the contrast between the blue and the butterscotch...captured the color of the candy perfectly.

    1. Oh, Todd, they can be for sale - I have more. :) Just email me at OR if you want to buy it I can reserve it with a 50% deposit, and complete the sale before the Valentine's day show, where it will hang, and ship to you immediately after. $100 & $10 shipping and handling (unframed)

  3. Oh yummmm! You did an awesome job with these, Kelley!

  4. I would love to hear. learn your approach to "composition" This is great. I love butterscotch candy and I also see the top 2 candies kissing.

  5. slammin' demo and good for your lucky students!

  6. Candy! Your sweet tooth is flaring again Kelley. Love the colors, crispness of your imagery and of course the subject matter. Good luck with your classes too.

  7. This is beautiful. I can hear the crinkle, and feel the variety in textures.


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