Welcome to"Behind The Canvas", my reflections on what inspired a painting or a series of works and my feelings toward living a creative life. People often ask me about my work, hopefully, this blog will answer some of those questions. Enjoy! LP

"Prize Pickles"

Prize PicklesPrize Pickles18X24
oil on canvas floater frame
$575

"Prize Pickles"

One of my favorite themes over the summer was food, starting with a penchant for pies.  Most of these paintings are small and square, perfect for an empty area of kitchen wall not covered by cabinets, or perched on an easel for the countertop or sideboard.  My second food interest of the summer was colorful pickled produce in Mason jars, inspired by my friend Helen Chilton.  Helen shared her canned pickles, beets, tomatoes, beans, and peppers grown in her urban garden.  And my friend Lisa Smith, co-owner of Mountain Juice, packages their freshly made products in Mason jars, adding to my interest in these age-old vessels.  Just seeing a Mason jar brings to mind something homemade.  Talk about comfort food!

Apple PieApple Pie$250
12 X 12 - gallery wrap
Chocolate PieChocolate Pie$250
12 X 12 - gallery wrap
Blueberry PieBlueberry Pie$250
12 X 12 - gallery wrap

 


Blue and White Forever

Latte DaLatte Da16"X20"
oil on gallery wrap canvas
$650
Morning Still LifeMorning Still Life15X29
oil on canvas
$525
ClassicsClassics9 X 12 oil on gallery wrap
$275

Amid the food, thoughts of Florida, and commissioned paintings, I return again and again to one of my favorite color combinations – the classic blue and white.  I take little breaks from it but never go very long without capturing this beautiful duo that looks good with everything.   Using my own collection of blue and white objects, I like to move these things around, give them another purpose, or view them in another room. This opens my eyes to new possibilities.  Sometimes I discover I liked that vase where it was, but often I’m energized by the changes.

 


Dreaming of Florida

Jungle TrailJungle Trail28X22
oil on linen
$425
I’m also thinking and dreaming about Florida and painting some Florida scenes. I miss going there.  The Sebastian Inlet Pier in Sebastian Inlet State Park brought to mind a fisherman on the pier with lots of gear and several fishing poles.  This has led me to paint more fishing scenes.  In my memory, I’ve also revisited the Jungle Trail, a sandy walk along the Indian River in Vero Beach.  I made one painting of the Jungle Trail last year and have now painted more, adjusting the colors.  I love the Winter Park area too, with its big, “Old Florida”-style houses.  Sadly, many of these places are disappearing because real estate is being snatched up for development.  Florida is an easy road trip for Steve and me, and there is still a lot of the state we want to visit.

Sebastian PierSebastian Pier11X14
oil on canvas framed
$300
Sunset GrillSunset Grill12X16
oil on linen
$275

 


Peace in A Cross

RenewalRenewal8 X 10 oil on gallery wrap
$250
MysticMystic9 X 12 oil on gallery wrap
$275
Energy FlowEnergy Flow8 X 10 oil on gallery wrap
$225

Last month I told you about the Best of West Virginia show at Tamarack.  My “Alliums” painting sold early to a traveler passing through the state.  A new juried show at Tamarack is coming up called “Motif.”  I’ll have one of my “Crosses” series in this show – a cross within an oriental carpet design.  I love painting crosses.  I love the graphic simplicity of the cross, and the color combinations are endless.  Their small size (9x12 or 8x10) makes them perfect for hanging in a favorite corner where you read or just enjoy some peaceful moments.  You can be a believer or a non-believer; there’s something about the cross that reflects inner peace and calms the spirit.

 


ArtHouse Notecards at Drug Emporiums

Steve and I are delighted to have our greeting cards available at all three Drug Emporium locations! Our cards are also sold at Eggplant on Bridge Road and at West Virginia Marketplace at the Capitol Market.  And, we’re looking into new ways to offer our work through online offerings and showings.

Here are our other notecards that are currently available...
Lynn's Cards
Steve's Cards

 

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