Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CAT IN THE HAT

"Cat in the Hat" by Stephanie Berry
I battled with this painting.  I had a "finished" painting with all the details and it was so boring.  So it got a loose attack of "unrelated" color.  It may get altered a bit more but to me it now has more the feel of a sunny summer day of a time gone by; a woman holding a well-loved cat not only on her lap but in her hat.  It was real once but is a fading memory now.

24x20" oil on linen      copyright 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

THE BOYS

"The Boys" by Stephanie Berry

I'm not sure what year this would have been but I love the combo of the knickers and blousy white shirts with the ties.  Looks like they're dressed up except for the bare feet.  

24x20" oil on linen       copyright 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

SWEET ONIONS

"Sweet Onions" by Stephanie Berry
Onions have been a running theme lately.  Maybe because our kitchen is NEVER without them.  I always feel I can identify with the complaints of the Israelites wandering in the desert having to eat food without onions, leeks or garlic (Numbers 11:5).  That would get to me too.  I'm looking forward to fresh chives, one of the first plants to appear in the spring in our frozen, snowy state.

11x14" oil and cold wax medium on linen      copyright 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

THE CANAL

"The Canal" by Stephanie Berry
In nearby Lewiston is a long canal that often gets drained to a low level.  This is a view of that looking towards one of the old mills.

12x24" oil and cold wax on linen      copyright 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

FLIP SIDE OF SHELL and PINK SHELL

"Flip Side of Shell" by Stephanie Berry

"Pink Shell" by Stephanie Berry
Here's more of the scallop shells done with some cold wax medium.

both 6x6" oil and cold wax on linen     copyright 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

THE COWS COME HOME

"The Cows Come Home" by Stephanie Berry
I'm informed the cows don't always care to come home voluntarily.  When our kids were young we bought milk from this farm.  It came in gallon glass bottles and the cream rose to the top.  Something our kids will probably tell their kids..."back in the day...."

24x30" oil and cold wax on linen     copyright 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

PINEAPPLE

"Pineapple" by Stephanie Berry
14x11" oil and cold wax medium on linen   copyright 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

ALIKE BUT DIFFERENT

"Alike But Different" by Stephanie Berry

Here's another still life with some cold wax medium used.  I find I like this 11x14" canvas size for simple still lifes. Sometimes, as hard as I try, I can't get a very good photo of a painting--this being one.  

14x11" oil and cold wax on linen      copyright 2014


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

LITTLE SISTERS

"Little Sisters" by Stephanie Berry
This is a painting of my mother-in-law and her 2 sisters.  I LOVE the photo of them that I used as reference for this painting.  I did the sweaters green and the shed siding red originally but my husband was pretty sure the siding was green so I reversed them which improved things.  Sweet little girls--now lovely ladies!

24x20" oil on linen     copyright 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

More On the Wall




We visited my brother recently.  He bought the 3 shell paintings above before Christmas and it was my first time seeing them on the wall.  They keep with the ocean theme of the "Carlsbad Beach" I did a long time ago which hangs above the beds.  It's satisfying to see one's work hanging in someone else's home especially when they work so well in the room.  While we were there I snapped a photo of the painting below that hung in our home growing up that my brother now has hanging in his kitchen.  It's a terrific painting and I feel it's influenced my love of texture in a painting.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

YELLOW SCALLOP SHELL

"Yellow Scallop Shell" by Stephanie Berry

I'm still painting the scallop "dishes".  This one had a golden color to it.  More to come.

6x6" oil and cold wax on RayMar panel    copyright 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

ALLIUM FAMILY

"Allium Family" by Stephanie Berry
I have a case of cabin fever.  The winter just goes on and on and on......Oh well, the days are getting longer.
11x14" oil and cold wax medium on linen      copyright 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

TRIPLETS

"Triplets" by Stephanie Berry

Between some bigger paintings I did a few still lifes.  This includes cold wax medium.  I'm still working on figuring out it's properties.

11x14" oil and cold wax on linen    copyright 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CONSTANT COMPANION

"Constant Companion" by Stephanie Berry

Here is one of my most favorite people with her most favorite dog.  

30x20"  oil and cold wax on linen     copyright 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

PINK SCALLOP SHELL

"Pink Scallop Shell" by Stephanie Berry

I like to have several paintings going at a time: some small, some large.  So when I'm stuck on a painting I have something else in the works.  Continuing with experimenting with the cold wax, I've done some small shell paintings and some still lifes.   I saved some scallop shells in which to serve shrimp or scallop appetizers.  I've yet to do that so at least I'm using them now.

6x6" oil and cold wax on linen    copyright 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

EMPTY ROOM

"Empty Room" by Stephanie Berry
I think this is probably the first "interior" painting I've done.  I have mixed feelings about it.  This is a third story room in the Olson House.  This is one of the houses where Andrew Wyeth painted and belonged to the iconic Christina Olson and her brother.  Andrew Wyeth is buried in the family cemetery at this home.  It's a wonderful spot to visit.



24x30" oil and cold wax on linen       copyright 2014



Monday, February 3, 2014

ONIONS and SHALLOTS

"Onions and Shallots" by Stephanie Berry
6x6" oil and cold wax on RayMar   copyright 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

SNOW FOG

"Snow Fog" by Stephanie Berry
A few weeks ago we had a couple days of warm (above freezing) weather .  The ice on the roads melted and there was a lot of thick fog everywhere.  It was dismal inspite of being warmer.  Today started out at 0 but the sun is shining strong and it's up to 25 or so.

18x24" oil and cold wax on mdf panel    copyright 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

LEON and SON

"Leon and Son" by Stephanie Berry

As I paint a number of these old family photos I feel like I'm becoming familiar with the faces and can pick them out in different photos.  This is our friend's grandfather and his son Maynard.  Both of these people have been in previous paintings I've done.  With this painting I'm starting to experiment with cold wax medium.  It's very different and I can see I have much to learn about its qualities.  

24x20" oil on linen    copyright 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

CHECKERED LILIES

"Checkered Lilies" by Stephanie Berry
My granddaughter picked this bouquet last spring.  The grape hyacinths are abundant in the garden; the checkered lilies not so much.  I love the gracefulness of the lilies and they don't leave a messy remnant once they go by.  The ashtray on the right has been around for decades.  It gets used for pins and little objects.  I love it's chunky simple shape.

12x16" oil on RayMar    copyright 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

BRADBURY MOUNTAIN PICNIC

"Bradbury Mountain Picnic" by Stephanie Berry
Here's another painting inspired by a friend's old family photo.  We recognize this place as Bradbury Mt. which is a big hill with an open stony face on it's south side where one can see for miles.  The photo was quite blurry but obviously there were 5 friends having the picnic if you count the straw hats.   Not sure of the date but mutton sleeves and corsets appear to have been all the fashion.

20x24" oil on linen   copyright 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

MUSHROOM FAMILY

"Mushroom Family" by Stephanie Berry
Happy New Year Everyone!  Not so new anymore.  Weather, post-holiday stuff and a cold have slowed my painting time but I hope to get back into the groove now.  This is a painting I did in the fall.  It was a large cluster of mushrooms growing on a dead stump.  One tightly knit group!

10x8" oil on linen     copyright 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

WINTER WOODS

"Winter Woods" by Stephanie Berry
What a busy, busy month it's been.  I always look forward to the post-holiday time thinking I'll paint a LOT.  It doesn't always work that way but here's hoping.  Maine got slammed with winter cold and snow early and it hasn't let up.  It's about 10 degrees right now and the next few days will probably be colder.  We had an ice storm over a week ago and the trees still have little icicles hanging from their branches.  Very pretty in morning and evening sun--that is if there is sun.  I did this painting about a month ago.  It's a view from my studio.  Hope you all have a Happy and Blessed New Year!!

30x36" oil on canvas     copyright 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

KIDS and KITTY

"Kids and Kitty" by Stephanie Berry
This is the latest of the series I've been doing of a friend's old family photos.  In the photo it looks like the little boy on the right is wearing LL Bean boots.  I didn't add that amount of detail but found that interesting.  Cats are often featured in these family photos probably as they also did their bit around the farm.  Happily they always seem well loved by the family.

24x20" oil on linen        copyright 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

TREE BLOSSOMS

"Tree Blossoms" by Stephanie Berry
It's going to be a long while before we see the apple trees blooming again.  Wish I could embrace winter but it's just too long and too cold here in Maine.

12x16" oil on RayMar     copyright 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

WINTER VEGETABLES

"Winter Vegetables" by Stephanie Berry

Someone gave us the squash shown here and I bought the turnips as I loved the color on them.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and has all their Christmas shopping done! 

14x11" oil on linen    copyright 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

FRANK and MAYNARD

"Frank and Maynard" by Stephanie Berry
I continue to work on a series using old photos of our neighbor and friend.  We figured  his father Frank must have been 16 when this photo was taken.  I love the confident poses of both men who had obviously been playing a little football but their real game in life was farming.

24x20" oil on linen      copyright 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TONY and DAN

"Tony and Dan" by Stephanie Berry
This painting gave me a lot of trouble.  The horses truly are different in size in the photo reference I used.  But I'm sure Tony and Dan were a reliable team and vital part of the once local dairy farm.

30x24" oil on linen    copyright 2013






Tuesday, November 12, 2013

TREE FUNGUS--Revisited

"Tree Fungus" by Stephanie Berry
I should post the before and after of this painting but I won't.  The early version of this was just so dull.  So it got reworked and I think it's MUCH better now.  Sometimes I wonder if any of my old paintings are safe from getting a make-over.

12x12" oil on canvas     copyright 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

FALL FLOWER BED

"Fall Flower Bed" by Stephanie Berry

I did this one late this summer while the asters were still blooming.  It hung in our dining room for a while where it bothered and nagged me.  So I finally put it back on the easel and made multiple changes.  This is a theme I love.  I find as much if not more beauty in a dying garden as when it's in full bloom.  The colors become more delicate and the skeletons of stems and branches add gentle chaos.  I have a lot of coneflowers in our flower beds and rather than deadhead them I leave most for the goldfinches who seem to love their seeds.  Now I'm going to go hang this in our sunroom!
 
 
30x20" oil on linen   copyright 2013