Art, Baoding Balls, Exhibits, oil painting, Painting, Still Life, Study

Baoding Ball and Cayenne


cayenne5″ x 7″ oil on gessoboard

Quick study in bright saturated color. This is the first time I’ve painted on gesso board. I like that the paint sits up on the surface and it didn’t seem too slippery, as I thought it might.

The green sphere is a Chinese Baoding Ball. I have a couple of sets of them that I enjoy rolling around in my hands but, having looked them up after I painted this, I didn’t realize I’m supposed to do it without allowing the balls to touch. That’s hard! Here’s an interesting video about using them.

Three of my urban landscapes have been accepted in the Town and Country: Oregon at 150 juried exhibition at the Froelick Gallery. The show opens June 2 with a First Thursday opening reception on June 4 from 5 – 8 pm.

13 thoughts on “Baoding Ball and Cayenne”

  1. Bill- This is a wonderfully seen piece. So much so, that I immediately recognized the tall glass with the blue rim. I’ve got a set of short ones, they’re from Mexico.
    The spacing of your objects is really good, as is the compliment of color.
    Congratulations on your show.


  2. I’ve missed so much good stuff. You’ve been painting a lot.

    Congratulations on the upcoming show. What a cool gallery! If I lived closer I would be there opening night.

    Love the cayenne bottle. I constantly refill a little glass bottle with cayenne pepper.


  3. This is absolutely luscious. Congratulations on your show. I’m not surprised at all, but very pleased for you. I’m going to spend some time looking through your latest work to inspire myself!


  4. Bill, Thanks for your vote of confidence. I was not really thinking that much about composition here I’m glad you like it.

    Thanks Marian, Come on up and see it, Oregon needs your tourism dollars.

    Hi Bonnie, Several people have recognized these glasses as I’ve included them in other paintings. Frank Gardner says they’re made in his home town in Mexico. Thanks.

    Hello, Ronell. The 3 landscapes were all posted on this blog recently, the post titles are ‘North Portland’, ‘NW 1st and Everett’, and ‘Under the Steel Bridge (oil).

    Hi Silvina. Thanks for catching up on my recent work. You and Marian could drive up together. Cayenne rules!

    I apprecieate the award, Celeste.

    Casey, it’s nice to hear from you. I’ve really enjoyed seeing your experiments with oil paint.


  5. Ah, more of your luscious colors I will be in Portland for a week in June and will add visiting the gallery to my list of things I plan to do. I’m looking forward to seeing your work in person, Bill


  6. Wow!! Good stuff, this one is amazing. I haven’t visited in a while, it looks like your paintings are getting really good!


  7. Hi Shawn and thanks. Maybe I’ll see you at the opening.

    Sharon, thanks. I hope the work holds up in person.

    Hi Cindy. It’s great to hear from you.

    Thanks, Ambera.


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