This is from a photo from Kodiak, Alaska and the light was at that late day stage, but the sky was overcast. It created a pale yellow and orange light that wasn't very strong but that light and the water at the edge of the rocks is what I was concentrating on. I think perhaps the trees are too important here, though I did play down all the busy edges. I started with a violet block-in of the main shadow shapes and built into the middle and lighter values and colors as it progressed.
Here's a re-post for your Sunday as I'm still seeing a few Sunflowers and even Daylilies along with the beauty of changing leaves.....
Where ever I go these days, there seem to be sunflowers. Peeking over fences, in broad fields, and random volunteers in mixed garden patches. Here are three that looked like they are still hanging on to summer.
That flash of light on water....who can resist it? Not me. This was the kind of painting that presented a lot of 'happy accidents". A bit of extra color here, a messy color streak there and I wanted to keep them all. I tried to keep coming back to the main focus of that light and tried to keep only what was needed! Always a. challenge
The title here is certainly about the water and color. But, it is also about having some quiet time and just being alone with your thought....in whatever way you choose to do that. This one is difficult to see the detail and I certainly suggest taking a look at the larger view using the link below to my website.....
Here I am posting on the weekend again, which is upside down from the schedule I kept previous to about 6 months ago. I am enjoying the freedom away from a timeline though.... nice to be my own boss! This one is a friend that my husband fishes with, from a trip to Kodiak, AK. I kept the brushwork active and deliberately left streaky bits to emphasize the action of reeling this one in and keep the eye moving through the composition.
Perhaps I should have called this A Day At The Easel as I got more time painting today. I started with washes of transparent color and built onto those with opaque darks. I continued with more intense middle values and worked up to pastels and lights for the finish.
I painted more trees today, starting with a staining wash underneath in a kind of transparent coral color. My painting from yesterday was a wiper, as it just came off in a kind of soft mush that had nothing to say. In this one though, I tried to overcome that feeling with direct brushwork, more paint and contrast.
Sometimes when I haven't been able to get to my easel for a few days, it helps to start again in a new way. Today I did just that working on 300lb. watercolor paper that has a gesso coating on it. If you haven't ever worked this way, it tends to give your brushwork a soft edge and the blending is pretty easy and flat. In this one I referenced one of my older photos from Montana.
Today, I am posting another tree/gouache painting. This was one I discovered in my studio re-arranging, but it was just a sketch. So, I went back to painting and had fun completing it to a more finished work. I love Cottonwoods for their massive trunks and branches and they are common here in Boise and all along the river here in Eagle.
Leafy Green Gouache / archival illustration 9" x 14"
I do enjoy both gouache and watercolor periodically and while I am still organizing my studio, it's a bit easier to have available. So, here is a gouache painting for you that is all about the overgrown leafy greens of late summer. Things will start turning soon and we'll all be staring at flaming orange and reds.
I've been asked about prints on and off in the past and the answer has always been "no" I don't currently have prints available. But wait!.....all I had to do was get organised and move into a new studio space to find one last print that I had done when I was working in watercolor. The original sold long ago and so did the other seven prints I had made. Not exactly a big run I know. This is a Giclee print on archival, medium stock watercolor paper. The image size is 14" x 18. It is printed on 16" x 21" paper. This is the last of eight total that were printed.
St. Ignacio Line Dance 8" x 10" oil on linen panel
This is another group of Oinkari dancers hand in hand while they do a kind of 'crack the whip' in dance form. I tried to catch the abstract shapes and color blur as they raced by. Fun to watch and paint and a real challenge as to how to approach it.
As offices go, this one is a beautiful place to spend one's day. surrounded by the palms, ocean and bougainvillea. Here's to everyone who is going back to an office tomorrow, of whatever kind......I hope there is something beautiful in it for you.
I've been wanting to paint my nephew's little girl for some time. But, I just didn't feel I had the right photo source to work from. However, a recent family gathering provided a good way for me to take some casual snaps and I had fun with this one today. I am planning to adjust the background darks as they are looking too strong right now, but tomorrow will provide 'fresh eyes'.
This one's not for sale, but check out myWebsite for other available paintings.
My sister's kids are way past the age of having a little red wagon, but she has been clever in keeping theirs. It has been a reliable workhorse for every conceivable home and garden project. So here it is, waiting once again in the background, for the next big idea to come along.......and I'm sure it will.
Here are two more Oinkari dancers getting ready for a performance at the St. Ignacio festival. I am repeatedly attracted to these scenes of color and careful preparation, usually in a group of the women. They have layered scarves, vests, aprons, overskirts and ribbons that always seem to need some bit of attention. It's all a good part of the show for me.