daily painting

Bittersweet & Bottles, 6 x 4 inches

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Bittersweet & Bottles

Bittersweet and Bottles

This painting is all about the reflections and shadows cast. The cobalt blue bottle is one I purchased in England this past summer, and I just love how it reflects light... The surface is not perfect smooth like glass bottles of today, instead there are puckers and imperfections that just make the reflections more enchanting.

One day I will do a whole series on the beautiful objects I purchased on our trip to England. hmm... maybe I will start that soon...

…………………………… unframed painting: SOLD 4″ x 6″ (10.2 x 15.2 cm)

Heirloom Tomatoes #6, #7, and #8

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Heirloom Tomatoes #6

Heirloom Tomatoes #6

Heirloom Tomato #3

Heirloom Tomato #7

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Heirloom Tomato #8

The remaining heirloom tomato paintings all sold at the MPA Artfest that was held on the first Sunday of October this month. It was fun seeing them go to collectors, I love it when my paintings find new homes and I get to meet the collectors in person.

As my garden closed down this season, I found myself with a large quantity of tomatoes and thinking of making some tomato soup to freeze for the winter months.

One of my favorite soups due to the rich flavor and the ease in which one can augment the soup with sides and toppings. Before shifting to a dairy-free diet to accommodate my daughter's food allergies, I used to add fresh mozzarella cheese to the soup and eat it with buttered toast. Now I find non-dairy items to change things up...

Here is a recipe I just used to make a hearty tomato soup...

Bread and Tomato Soup, Adapted loosely from Ina Garten’s Pappa Al Pomodoro

Ingredients 4-8 cups roasted tomatoes 1 (28-ounce) cans good Italian plum tomatoes 1 onion (2 onions) 1 handful of little carrots 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup good olive oil 4 cups (1-inch) diced Italian peasant bread, crusts removed 4 cups chicken stock, homemade 1/2 cup dry red wine 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions 1. Chop fresh tomatoes and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, roast in 400degree oven for 1-2 hours, until the tomato juices have cooked off some. Place aside tomatoes and collected juices in a bowl.

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2. Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Puree onions, carrots, and garlic in food processer to a fine texture and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until tender. Add roasted tomatoes and their juices and the canned tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let cook until the tomatoes begin to soften and break down further, about 5 minutes.

3. Place almost all the tomatoes in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process just until coarsely chopped. Add the tomatoes to the pot along with the chicken stock, red wine, basil, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat, and allow to simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes.

3. Using a wooden spoon, add the stale bread chunks. Continue simmering until all the bread has absorbed as much liquid as possible

4. Serve immediately.

For Naomi I also added some cooked orzo pasta to her portion, she loves anything with pasta in it…

…………………………… unframed paintings: Each Painting is in a Private Collection 4″ x 6″ (10.2 x 15.2 cm)

Heirloom Tomato #5, 4 x 6 inches

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Heirloom Tomatoes #5

Heirloom Tomatoes #5

With the garden still producing a large quantity of tomatoes, I have been experimenting with different recipes to enjoy them... this weekend I made a panzanella salad and thought you may also like to try it and take advantage of any end of season tomatoes you have.

Summer Panzanella Adapted loosely from Smitten Kitchen

3 tablespoons good olive oil 1/2 loaf of Ciabatta bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups) 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2-4 ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes (I used red and yellow tomatoes for variety of color) 2 scallions, cut in half and thinly sliced 20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons capers, drained

For the vinaigrette 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar 1/3 cup good olive oil salt to taste freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed. I set a timer for 2 minute intervals to remind me to stir the bread cubes while working on the other aspects of the salad, this way nothing gets burned…

2. For the vinaigrette, whisk together the ingredients.

3. In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, scallions, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette.

4. Serve immediately, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.

…………………………… unframed painting: SOLD 4″ x 6″ (10.2 x 15.2 cm)

Heirloom Tomatoes #4, 4 x 6 inches

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Heirloom Tomatoes #5

Heirloom Tomato #3

Hello my friends and happy Friday!

Here is another painting of the bountiful tomato harvest our garden has been producing...

It has been so fun painting this subject matter over and over again, exploring the different shapes and colors found in each individual tomato. I have also been experimenting with a new medium mixture when working on these alla prima paintings, seeing if I can accomplish some of the lushness and translucency that I strive for in my larger and more developed paintings. And so far I have been happy with the results.

When I was working on the Worthington Whittridge copy at the NGA, I used a medium mixture of 2 parts damar varnish with 1 part stand oil in the first layer of the painting that required medium, prior to that I used thinned down oil paint with OMS. This follows the “fat over lean” principle of painting when using oils. What I discovered was that this medium mixture stiffens faster than the typical medium I use (1 part damar varnish to 1 part stand oil) but still has some openness to manipulate if you need to.

So, to me, 2 parts damar varnish to one part stand oil is a highbred medium, where I can build up thick layers of suspended pigment while also keeping some of the interesting brushstrokes. Keeping the textural effects I love in alla prima paintings while also adding an extra translucency that is difficult to achieve when painting with straight-from-the- tube paint.

…………………………… unframed painting: SOLD 4″ x 6″ (10.2 x 15.2 cm) Click here it purchase

Heirloom Tomato #3, 4 x 6 inches

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Heirloom Tomato #4

Heirloom Tomato #3

For about a week the squirrels were getting to my tomatoes right before I would harvest them, and the greedy but cute pests would only take one or two bites out of a tomato before tossing it on the ground and grabbing another one. I was getting fed up about this rude behavior...

So for a time, I was forced to bring every descent sized tomato inside to ripen in a protected environment. This tomato was just beginning to turn red with light notes of yellow and orange in places.

…………………………… unframed painting: SOLD 4″ x 6″ (10.2 x 15.2 cm) Click here it purchase

Heirloom Tomato #2, 4 x 6 inches

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Heirloom Tomato #2

Heirloom Tomato #2

Hello,

Here is another tomato painting... lately, I have been painting them like crazy because my garden is giving me a bunch right now. It is like the last gasp of summer because here in the Northern Virginia area, I have noticed that the weather is already changing. Autumn is just around the corner.

…………………………… unframed painting: SOLD 4″ x 6″ (10.2 x 15.2 cm)

A Bit of Summer - Cosmos and Dahlias, 6 x 6 inches

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A Bit of Summer - Cosmos and Dahlias

A Bit of Summer - Cosmos and Dahlias

SOLD 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm)

Today is the first day of the Labor Day weekend, and in my mind this weekend marks the end of summer and the beginning of the fall season. I love this time of year, as I know once the academic year begins, more order enters my life and I enter a new phase in creative productivity after a lull.

This time of year is also my favorite in the garden, because I love late summer flowers and the abundance of color and texture found in my flowerbeds, which are often unruly and chaotic by this time of the year.

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Also, I want to thank you all for understanding my break from blogging this month. It has been a challenging month for me, where I have been thinking a lot about life and art, what makes it so special and how lucky I feel to be able to have such a creative career. Taking this time to rest and think about the future has been wonderful and very motivating.  Next month, I have a lot of plans and goals and am looking forward to being around more.  So stay tuned... :)

Have a great weekend, and here are some recent snippets from my garden.

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Heirloom Tomato #1, 4 x 6 inches

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Heirloom Tomato #1

Heirloom Tomato #1

I love the summer, for so many reasons, but homegrown tomatoes are one my favorite things about the later months of this season. My garden has been experiencing a bumper crop of tomatoes, so expect more paintings of them because I love how individual and imperfect they all are.

................................. unframed painting: SOLD 4" x 6" (10.2 x 15.2 cm)

Tete-e-Tete Daffodils, 6 x 4 inches

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On Sunday, I had the most beautiful light filtering into the studio, and just as I was finishing up, I decided to create one more painting. It needed to be small because I only had a short bit of time before S. and Naomi would return from their jaunt out and about... And this is what I was able to accomplish.

To me, it has everything that makes this time of year so special. Bright color with warm color notes, but also just a bit of chill in the color temperature in some areas.

It is that time of year when bulbs are beginning to peak out of the earth, because the weather is still cool to cold, but plants and birds know it is warming up. The days are getting longer... which in turn makes me more hopeful for the warmer season and the flowers to come.

Tete-e-tete daffodils

{detail of the painting}
6" x 4" (15.2 x 10.2 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting: $100.00 + S&H

Crab Apple and Silver Cup + Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser

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Still Life with Crab Apple and Silver Cup

6" x 4" (15.2 x 10.2 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting: $100.00 starting bid + S&H

To help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, 100% of the net proceeds of the sale of this painting will be donated to the Red Cross.

We were lucky that Hurricane Sandy did not affect the DC region as predicted, and instead I have been amazed at the level of devastation that other areas along the Eastern seaboard have experienced. This image from New York Magazine really brought the magnitude of those affected home to me, I am really a visual person and a picture says a thousand words.

When thinking of all the chaos that this storm has created, all I want to do is contemplate something calm and soothing, and find a bit of distraction. So on Monday when I set out to paint something to donate to the DPW fundraiser auction, I settled upon a small crab apple and the beauty of a silver cup, reflecting its surroundings in such a reassuring manner.

If you are interested in this painting, please visit the online auction, and to learn more about the other auctions taking place on the DPW website, please click here.

Thank you,
Liz

Two Rose Hips {a new daily painting}

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Two Rose Hips

{5" x 7" (12.7 x 17.8 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting: $100.00 starting bid + S&H

Did you know that only certain roses will develop rose hips after they bloom?

The three types of roses in my garden do not produce them, so I am looking to add a new rose that will form rose hips after they bloom. If you know of a specific rose that does this and you admire their blooms please share. Because this is the perfect time to plant roses, along with bulbs for the spring.

Thanks,
Liz

Figs no. 2 {a daily painting} SOLD

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Figs no. 2

{6" x 5" (15.2 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
SOLD

It is always my goal to be a little bit ahead, so for the weeks where all sorts of things come up and it becomes more difficult to complete a painting, hopefully I will still have something new to post and share.

This painting sold at an arts festival "Arts on the Avenue" held Oct 6th, nearby in Alexandria's neighborhood of Del Ray.  During the festival, I displayed most of my extra supply of paintings and to my good luck, many of them sold.

This extra supply has been especially helpful, because last week I did not get to paint except for one afternoon, and I ended up having to scrape that painting down, because I had to make an emergency visit to the vet for my kitty, Slim.

{Slim lounging on the couch in better days...}

She had been suffering from an eye infection that got significantly worse at the end of last week.  It was a busy weekend tending to Slim and making sure she was comfortable.  Yesterday, Slim had a consultation with a Veterinarian Ophthalmologist {thank goodness they exist and we have them in the region} and we are now on a regime of medicine, drops, and pain killers.  Hopefully our little lady will begin to feel better soon.

I am hopeful that this week will see marked improvement in Slim and that I will also snatch some productive hours in the studio... I have since lost my cushion and now need to scramble some!

And, if you are a cat person, please send positive thoughts towards my little kitty.  She is SO very special.

 

Heirloom Apple {a daily painting}

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Heirloom Apple

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
SOLD

Painting a still life is an opportunity to celebrate the fleeting quality of life by taking the time to slow down and absorb the qualities of the object in front of me. I love how when working on a particular painting, at that moment, I am totally in the present. My senses are focused on the goal of understanding what I see, and deciding how I want to convey my impressions in paint.

Hopefully sharing my sense of wonder and delight along the way, and inspiring you to occasionally slow down and absorb what it is you see and have in your life.

Figs {a new daily painting}

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Figs

{6" x 5" (15.2 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting: $100.00 starting bid + S&H

All days are full of possibilities and choices, with this painting I decided to keep the composition simple and play with color and temperature.  The purple of the figs, a neutral dark background edging cool in color temperature, and a warmed up yellowish foreground.

Three Lemons

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Three Lemons on a Blue and White Dishtowel

{4" x 6" (10.2 x 15.2 cm) – oil on linen panel}

This painting is going home to a very special person, it was made especially for her after she shared with me that her favorite fruit were lemons. This painting was created in the late afternoon when the light coming in through the windows was touched with a golden sheen, making the lemons almost glow.

Do you have a special something you would like interpreted in paint? If so please feel free to contact me about your idea, contact [at] elizabethfloyd [dot] com.

Lemon & Lavender {a new daily painting} SOLD

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Lemon & Lavender

{5" x 7" (12.7 x 17.8 cm) – oil on linen panel}
SOLD
Unframed painting: $100.00 starting bid + S&H

Sometimes for compositional interest I will pair items of complementary colors, as in this painting the yellow of the lemon with the purple of the lavender. By placing complementary colors together a visual vibration occurs heightening interest and actually enhancing the perception of each color.

A lot of things in everyday life are made up of complementary colros such as, red and green in Christmas decorations, and blue and orange stripes found on rugby shirts.

If you look around, I am sure you to will notice complementary color combinations in all areas of your life...

Marigold and Brown Bottle {a new daily painting}

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Still Life with Marigold and Brown Bottle

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting: $100.00 starting bid + S&H

As an artist, I am inspired by the beauty found in the common objects that populate my life. I strive to share my sense of beauty by developing scenes that evoke emotion, spur a remembrance, and find a way to communicate an observed detail.

One of the pleasures related to creating a still-life painting is the opportunity it affords to slow down and really absorb, with intention, the objects in front of me. Providing the opportunity to appreciate and revel in the layers of contemplation that make up the experience of creating a piece of art.

My goal as an artist is to also share this experience with you, the viewer, creating paintings that cross over and maybe speak to you. Encouraging you to find a moment to be still, pause in the busy course of the day and feel the wonder and beauty in your life.

I hope this blog post inspires you to stop and notice something that strikes your fancy today.

Thanks for stopping in,

Liz

Tomato & Shelling Beans {a new daily painting}

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Tomato and Shelling Beans

{5" x 7" (12.7 x 17.8 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting: $100.00 starting bid + S&H

These are also from my garden, the tomatoes have been somewhat successful this year, and to my surprise the Italian shelling beans have really begun to produce in the last few weeks. For the majority of the season they were looking kinda beaten down and puny.

I am looking forward to using these shelling beans in a new recipe I got from a new cookbook I purchased over Labor Day weekend, the Art of Simple Food. This cookbook is for those who like to read cookbooks...

Which I admit I LOVE doing. Before Naomi came into my life, I would often spend a Saturday or Sunday morning reading through one of my cookbooks, just reading different recipes and thinking about how I could incorporate an interesting recipe into our diet.

I thought those days were gone, but lately I have been doing it again, this time looking for recipes that will work for Naomi's diet {the poor dear has terrible food allergies} as well as explore new flavors and combinations for the adults in the house...

Peach {a new daily painting}

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Peach and Bowl

{5" x 7" (12.7 x 17.8 cm) – oil on linen panel}
SOLD
Unframed painting: $100.00 + S&H

Five years ago this month I began my blog, and it all began with the desire to share my journey and to grow as an artist. And I just wanted to say how much I appreciate you stopping in and reading my blog.

Thank you!

Liz

Daisy {a new floral painting}

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Daisy

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
In a Private Collection
Hello,
Have you ever seen the movie the Girl with the Pearl Earring?

While working on this painting, I kept thinking of the scene where Vermeer asks Griet what color are the clouds. At first she responds "white", but then at further investigation, she then observes other colors, yellow, blue, and gray. Then Vermeer says "now you understand"

With this painting with so many whites, I was captivated with the different tones and colors seen in the white petals and the white bowl behind.