Peacock Feathers

Peacock Feathers.

Here's another one of those studies that I finished recently. Originally, I did this just to explore an interest in peacock feathers and how they might interact with other objects.



"Finished" Studies

Recently a couple of clients came to the studio to consider purchasing a few quick sketch oil studies and commissioned me to turn the studies into finished paintings. I was so struck by the uniqueness of the request, I immediately agreed and this post (and the next) show the result.

For you (those who follow this blog) ... it's a cute "before and after" story. You get to see what they looked like as quick studies, then as finished paintings. Of course, most of what makes a finished painting really glow doesn't show up in my photos. But ... I'll try to share them anyway. Can you tell the difference?



Ancient Things - My recent thoughts

Yesterday, I was speaking somewhat philosophically with a fellow painter friend and thinking of this painting while pondering the different types of work we have the opportunity to create - whether experimental, decorative, meaninful, fun etc.

This painting (with it's multiple layers of meanings) was finished at least a year or two ago while I was working on a small painting for a client who owns the little blue bowl pictured in the right corner. There are some paintings that stick with you for a long time and this is one of them. It wasn't in my possession for long ... I think maybe a few days ... but it's embedded in my mind. It's called "Ancient Things" - a spontaneous scattering of objects that felt right together. It started with this great little bowl from egypt which I imagined settling into an old box in one's basment with the tattered antique atlas, coins from the holy land and dried fall leaves scattered in juxtoposition with the hanging religious medals which are clearly hung there intentionally. The painting is about so many things that I feel it's almost better not to go into all of them - but instead just let you see it and enjoy the sense of wonder people experience when uncovering an old wooden box of ancient things in its household hiding place.


This painting is fairly straightforward. I finished this during the winter and have been enjoying looking at it in the studio. There's something satisfying about painting onions that have this crispy orange cellophane like shell with that fresh color hiding beneath. Notice how the color from the peels transfers warm light as it lands on the table.

Green Onion Revealed - by Tricia Ratliff

Green Onion Revealed  
Oil Painting on Panel
by Tricia Ratliff 

To contact the artist about oil painting/drawing lessons or info about how to buy this and other original art, please visit the website above.


Happy Mothers Day

Knockout roses and cheddar pinks
(a la prima oil painting workshop / lessons)
Knockout rose with a little cheddar pink.
oil on panel
by Tricia Ratliff 

For those who have inquired about lessons. I will be resuming private lessons shortly. 

I'd also like to offer you all a fun weekend workshop:
- 1 day workshop of lush still life painting on a Saturday (10am-4pm)
- $100/person in my studio
- limited to a small group.

Students will see a short 1 hour demonstration to learn my a la prima style that allows you to quickly block in rich color and light. This will be followed by hours of mentoring on your individual paintings. Still life setups will be provided and ready when you arrive *and* you can bring your own items. The painting above for example was finished in 2 hours. Wouldn't you love to show up in the morning, have fun and go home with a bright and pretty painting or two? 

Visit my website to e-mail me mentioning this workshop if you're interested and I will schedule it for a selected Saturday based on the preferences of the first 4 people who get back to me.