Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love Roses in Vase

The name of this rose is actually Unconditional Love – you can click that link and find out more.  I grow these roses and I’ve painted them before.  And I guess I’ve painted the vase before too.

This painting feels like it belongs in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I love the the clothing and decor in his movies.  Sparse, clean, well tailored, quality material, so sharp and normal. I’m not sure if it means anything, but I like the connection – even if it’s just in my own mind.  And I’m not at all trying to convey anything dark or surreal.  Just the plain fullness of life which is good but not perfect and is sometimes very bad, but overall wonderful.

Jeri Jennings and Unconditional Love

Spring has been utterly glorious here in Southern Oregon this year.  Everything is lush and green and my roses are having a banner year.  The yellow one is called Jeri Jennings and the red is Unconditional Love.  Both are Paul Barden roses, both came from Rogue Valley Roses – a place I’ve mentioned before on this blog.  Janet has collected a fantastic variety of roses that grow on their own rootstock, all meticulously categorized and documented and REALLY hard to choose which to plant, because there are so many good ones.

Jeri Jennings and Unconditional Love

In my eagerness to share this image, I’ve had to photograph it before it’s been varnished, so there are some matte and shiny places.  I’ll re document the image and replace it in a few months when it’s been properly varnished.

Still Life

Still Life with SquashStill Life with Squash, Oil on Linen, 28″ x 30″

winter geraniumWinter Geraniums, Oil on Panel, 20″ x 24″

Wedding Flowers

 

Wedding Flowers Marissa and Josue web.jpg

 

Pear Still Life

I’m moving inside, thinking about still life and figurative work now that the weather is too cold for landscape painting.

Pear Still LIfe
Pear Still Life, 9″ x 12″ oil on linen mounted on aluminum panel

 

Still Life

Quiet study, I could have worked on it for longer but had to move things for other studio activities, so another painting ends without being a masterpiece. Such is life. 🙂 I like it anyway, but, you know, I’d like it more if it were better.

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns
Coffee Cup and Egg

I did work on it long enough to tilt all the grays so the painting seems colorful.

My Trip to Paris — Part Two: The Paintings

I had an amazing time painting in Paris. Getting out and painting in this old city, known for centuries of great art, connected me to so many of my heroes and gave me a chance to meet lots of tourists and locals. I cannot wait to go back – there are paintings there I still really want to make!!

They are displayed in the order I made them.

Oil Painting
Hyacinths – on a Rainy Holiday in Paris

It was rainy and a national holiday, so all the museums were closed, so I bought some hyacinths from the nearby flower market and made a still life in the little apartment I was staying in with my aunt.

Oil Painting
The Louvre, as seen from the Tuileries

I love the Louvre so much, I must go back someday and paint the iconic entrance with the pyramid. When I first arrived, I shied away from making a painting that would be so direct, but after spending two weeks in Paris, where they really embrace beauty directly, I realized it’s just as affected to avoid beauty as it is to seek it exclusively.  Best bet is always just paint what moves you. Be real, even if it lands you in a cliche.

Oil Painting
From Pont Neuf, The Seine

Mid Morning looking sort of toward the east.

Oil Painting
Cincannatus in the Tuileries

With a view of the Musee D’Orsay in the background 9 to the left of the statue is  the tip of the museum, with it’s massive clock face peeking out a tiny bit behind the trees).  I finally had a day where Paris had those impressionist clouds you see in paintings.

Oil Painting
Sculpture in the Petit Palais Garden

My local friend showed me this wonderful little park.  Many paintings could be made here.

Oil Painting
Looking out of the Louvre Courtyard

Here I am, nearing the end of my trip, embracing the obvious beauty and being happy about it. Archway to a view with a grand building? The more the merrier.

Notre Dame, oil painting by Sarah F Burns
Notre Dame

My last day painting in Paris, I was under the influence of the Corots I’d seen in the Louvre. I was also recreating the point of view of some impressionist paintings I’d seen.

Eggs and Oak Leaves

Last painting of 2014.

Egg and Oak
Eggs and Oak Oil on Panel 14″ x 24″

 

I have not shown a lot of new work on my blog this past year, I have been working super hard though, I’m 65% (give or take) of the way finished with a larger project that has taken me MONTHS and  MONTHS.  I have a deadline of March First Friday to more or less complete the work, so stay tuned!

I’ve also been painting a portrait of my daughter that is taking a long time as well.

Lyda Rose

I’ve written about Rogue Valley Roses before – and I’m still such a big fan.  Mrs. Janet Inada graciously hosted myself and two other artists for an afternoon of painting on her A M A Z I N G rose farm in late May of this year.  She grows and sells roses on their own root stock – heirloom and new varieties, and trust me, growing these roses is addictive.  I have 5 and am planning for at least 5 more.  Any patch of sun in my yard gets a rose!

This is Lyda.

Lyda Rose
Lyda Rose

And this painting is in my show that opens tonight!

Skull and Tea

Skull and Tea

Vegetables

Smithfields has another painting to replace the Rabbit that found a good home.  I painted this one on a high shelf while I was sitting down and it is hanging above the vegetable piece (like so) and the perspective kind of works together in the room.  Not quite trompe-l’oeil but sort of tromp-l’oeil inspired.