Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Blueberries and Yellow Rose

"Blueberries and Yellow Rose"
4" X 5"
Oil on Hardboard


I have been waiting for blueberries to go on sale and they finally did this week.  The yellow rose is picked from our garden.  We must have tried five times to get a start of this rose to take and it finally did last year.  We call them the Yellow Rose of Texas, but I don't know if that is the real name.  We had them at our last house and they are the most delicious smelling rose I have ever smelled.

Speaking of smells..... I bought some clove oil to help slow the drying of my paints when they are not in use. Someone recently (sorry I forgot who) suggested adding a couple drops to a sponge in your palette and not mix the oil directly with the paint.  Well, I am trying it, and I have to tell you, I think it works!  I left the paints in a cigar box with a small corner of a sponge with some clove oil on it and when I came back almost a week later the paints were still as fresh as when they came out of the tube.  The initial smell of the clove oil was pretty strong though and I think it gave me a head-ache.  So I will have to add the oil and then leave the room.   After it has sat for a couple of days the smell didn't bother me.

Here is how it might look framed.

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I have several more containers lined up to use with the blueberries.  I hope I don't run out of steam before I get them all painted.


  1. Beautiful composition Karla,I can imagine the sweet smell and your style is fantastic!!

  2. This is so pretty, Karla! I love the color combination...just beautiful! And thank you for the clove oil tip! I will give it a try, too. :)

  3. So glad the blueberries are in season and you were able to paint this beautiful still life. It is gorgeous. I also appreciate the clove oil tip...I am going to get some this weekend!

  4. Oh so nice. Love the reflective berries.

  5. Thank you all for your kind words!!


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