Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Kit Kat Chocolate Trompe L'Oeil Daily Oil Painting Up on Etsy

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In Case of Chocolate Emergency 4, oil on panel, 10" x 8" Sold
It's a good thing I don't actually eat all of the junk food I paint. I just like to look at it!
Monday, December 29, 2014

Up for Auction - Strawberry Milkshake

Strawberry Milkshake, 5" x 5", oil on panel

SOLD

Thanks for looking!
Friday, December 26, 2014

Apples in a Bowl

Apples in a Bowl, 6" x 6", oil on linen mounted on panel/$69

Buy Now on Etsy.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

On the Easel - Kit Kat Trompe L'Oeil

In Case of Chocolate Emergency 4

Oil on panel, 10"x8"

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Side By Side Subject and Painting - Trompe L'Oeil Five Dollar Bill

Since people seem to be curious, I thought I'd post a picture of a side by side comparison of one of my trompe l'oeil still lifes I finished this week - a folded five dollar bill taped to a board. So here is the original object and the painting on my easel. Obviously the one on the right is the painting (if nothing else, you can see my signature!). I try to get these small pieces done in about 8 hours, but not in a single sitting, since it's difficult to do lettering when the paint is wet underneath.

Monday, December 1, 2014

New Scrabble Commission

Maine Author Scrabble Commission, 5" x 7"/SOLD

I haven't had much time to paint the last couple of months, as my husband and I moved from Florida to New York, but I'll be back on a regular painting schedule now! Here's a recent commission, another Scrabble piece, but I really enjoy these, so keep 'em coming!

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Almost Out of Ketchup Daily Oil Painting

Oil on linen mounted on board, 8" x 10"/SOLD

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wonder Bread 6x6 Daily Acrylic Painting

Acrylic on gessobord, 6" x 6"/SOLD

This is my first acrylic piece in quite a while, but I think it was successful. I was able to glaze much more quickly and effectively than I used to, probably because of working so much with the oils, and loved how I could keep my colors bright and even - perfect for the graphic look of the packaging. Plus, the drying time can't be beat! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chocolate Ice Cream Cone Daily Oil Painting

Oil on panel, 6" x 6"/SOLD

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Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Small French Fries Daily Oil Painting - Up on Etsy

Oil on panel, 5" x 7"/SOLD

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Triple Chocolate Cupcake Daily Oil Painting

Oil on panel, 5" x 5" - SOLD

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014

On the Easel - Small Fast Food Fries Daily Oil Painting

Oil on panel, 5" x 7"/ STILL DRYING

I hadn't actually intended to do a French fries painting right after the ketchup; they are even on different surface types - linen for the ketchup, board for the fries. Still, a thematic coincidence is always nice!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

On the Easel - Almost Out of Heinz Ketchup Daily Oil Painting

Oil on linen mounted on board, 10" x 8"/ Just finished - Still drying

I drive my husband crazy because I always insist there's plenty of ketchup left in the bottle - like this one. I still see three or four servings. Hey, we live in a budget conscious economy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ebay Auction Starting - Scrabble Board Game 2 Daily Oil Painting

Oil on panel, 5" x 5"

SOLD

I enjoyed painting the first one so much, I thought I'd do another! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Ebay Auction Starting - Scrabble Star Daily Oil Painting

Oil on panel/5" x 5"

SOLD

I used the Scrabble game my grandmother gave me years ago as a model for the piece. She and I always made time to play Scrabble together when I lived in Pennsylvania. I hope this piece brings back good memories of playing the game with the people you love, too! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Vintage Coffee Bean Grinder Daily Oil Painting

Oil on linen mounted on panel, 10" x 8"/SOLD

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vintage Style Fanta Soda Bottle Daily Oil Painting

6" x 6", oil on linen mounted on panel/SOLD

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

English Muffin and a Cup of Tea Daily Oil Painting

Oil on linen mounted on panel, 6" x 6"/$69

Buy now on Etsy

I do enjoy experimenting with overhead views sometimes - it is amazing what looking at something in a new and unexpected way can reveal.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On the Easel - Vintage Coffee Grinder Daily Oil Painting

Oil on linen mounted on panel, 10" x 8" - Still drying

I really am a collector of vintage objects, I suppose. I believe I inherited this piece from my aunt. It is one of those objects where I truly admire the attention to the design that the maker put in. Note the details on the top of the grinder, which have a permanent yellowed tone settled in around the edges. That was one of the aspects that made this piece fun to paint. I also like lighting the pieces dramatically in order to get both the extreme highlights (as on the wooden handle tip and drawer knob), and the extreme darks on the left shaded sides. I don't actually know much about what era this piece is from, but now I want to look it up!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On the Easel - Vintage Camera 3

Oil on linen mounted on panel, 6" x 6" - Still drying

This is the third camera from the vintage cameras I inherited from my grandfather. I really loved working on this camera even more than the others because the front art deco panel is pretty scratched up and the edges of the camera fairly worn. I wasn't sure how I was going to convincingly paint these aspects of the camera until I got up to that point, but I've been very surprised to learn how much I like painting worn, vintage objects.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chocolate Ganache Cake 2 Daily Oil Painting

Oil on panel, 5" x 7"/SOLD

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Grandma's Vintage Flour Sifter Daily Oil Painting

Oil on linen mounted on panel, 6" x 6"/SOLD on Etsy.

I painted this using my Grandma's old metal flour sifter as a model. I loved the dents and rust, and although I'll probably never use the sifter in my cooking, I'll always keep it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

On the Easel Today - Grandpap's Vintage Camera 2 Daily Oil Painting

Just finished today - Vintage Camera 2 (Brownie Target six-20), oil on linen mounted on board, 8" x 10".

I painted this using another of my grandfather's vintage cameras as a model. From what I understand, this box camera was manufactured between 1941 and 1946. It's a bit worn on the edges, which I think gives it character that made it great for painting. I also have to say that I find older cameras to be works of art in and of themselves, with the detailed gold design on the face of the camera. It may not be worth much on the market, but I like owning little bits of history like this, especially when I think about how many photos of my family were taken years ago with it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Save 25% at My Etsy Shop During July

"Souvenir," oil on panel, 5" x 5"/SOLD - Archival reproductions available at My Etsy Shop

Hey folks, I'm cleaning out my studio to make room for new work! Visit My Etsy Shop and save 25% on any order (including small oil paintings and archival reproductions), now through the end of July. Just use coupon code STARS25 when you check out. Any problems, please email me at kimtestoneartist@gmail.com. Thanks for visiting!

Another Dollar Bill Trompe L'Oeil Daily Painting - Commission

5" x 5", oil on panel/SOLD

I recently painted a trompe l'oeil piece of a folded dollar bill taped to a board and auctioned it on eBay. One of the bidders who didn't win contacted me afterward and asked if I would do another. So nice of her to do so! Plus, I think it was a bit more fun to do this second time around. :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Grandpap's Vintage Camera 1 Daily Oil Painting

6" x 6", oil on linen mounted on panel/SOLD on Etsy

I painted this using one of my Grandfather's vintage cameras​ as a model. I inherited three of his cameras when he passed away a few years ago. He was a Pennsylvania coal miner and the only member of my family with any artistic ability - drawing. He loved his wife and daughters, and it makes me smile to think about how many of the boxes of old photos we have were taken with this camera.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Glazed Donut with Coffee 2 Daily Oil Painting

6" x 6", oil on linen mounted on panel/SOLD
Monday, June 30, 2014

Glass of Milk and a Chocolate Donut Daily Oil Painting

Oil on 1/8"-thick panel, 5" x 7"/SOLD on eBay
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Glazed Donut and a Coffee Daily Oil Painting

Oil on linen mounted on board, 6" x 6"

SOLD