I'm re-posting and older work today and one that I have always enjoyed as I liked the way the cool blue morning light gives it a 'fresh air' feel. I've decided to periodically post framed work as a special and offered at no extra price! See it framed below
Our lilacs this year seems particularly deep in color and fragrant, but I probably think that's true every year :) I hadn't worked from life for too long, and snipped these to paint, simply setting them up in a clear glass with a brown/gray drape behind. They lasted just long enough to paint that day and livened up my painting space wonderfully!
Several months ago I put together an ArtByte for Daily Paintworks and decided I would change the format into a slideshow and publish here too. It may be interesting for those of you who are not members there, or might want to see a few more stages of the painting. It basically covers the idea of using a transparent multicolored wash as an underpainting. After a brush sketch of the basic shapes, I painted over using varied opaque mixes. It's one of my favorite ways to work, because you can keep or discard "happy accidents" and it suggests interesting color mixes along the way. This painting is sold, but there are several using this same technique atmy daily paintings and on my website.
I enjoyed putting together the collage for the marketing challenge last week and the feedback seemed to indicate that followers liked it as well. So, here I go with a garden collection....as with the last one, the numbers below all link to a larger view and details about each painting.
If you follow my work, this basic image and the model will look familiar from a smaller (5"x7") that I posted several months ago. The model is my niece and I wanted to enlarge and develop the work more, so that I could have fun with the color and brushwork that I could not include in a smaller version. This is not currently for sale, but you can View it Larger Here
I've been out all day with family celebrations, as many of you have been I'm sure. And now, in posting this painting done yesterday, my mind is blank, hence this really bland title! But, it was a fun one to paint and I was going for those bright blossoms and round layered leaves. The edges just kept bringing me back in to the circle of shapes. Happy Monday!
I was reminded to put together a painting demo in the 30 marketing challenge by Leslie Saeta. It's been too long and thought 'oh, good idea!' Then, I proceeded to set up a painting on a surface I had never used before, which was particularly absorbent and really grabbed at every brush stroke. Hmmmm, seems like I kind of undermined myself on this one! I decided to post it though because my steps are basically the same as my usual process.
Another floral today with some of those colorful larger blossoms in their boxes and ready to go. In your area, it may be that your annuals have been at your front door for a long time, but here the weather's been hit and miss. Now though, the sunny warm days have arrived and color is starting to show up everywhere.
Here's a little bunch that is a mix of those small early flowers we see this time of year in all the garden centers. All the big containers of color will beckon later I know, but for now this little picture of small blossoms fit the day.
I am joining Leslie Saeta's 30 Day Marketing Challenge this month and our 'assignment' for today is to repost a painting that is older, for sale and a favorite. This is one for me because the blue water had just enough gray to produce nice depth and the swirling motion of the water gives it nice movement into the composition. I also like the single flame of fall color in the sweet spot mid-way on the right. One of those paintings that came together perfectly for me!
This painting has a bit of a story with it, but the short version is that I painted one similar before and had enough fun with it, that I painted it a second time. I changed the expressions on these chicks and thought they looked comfortable and happy as nesting neighbors!
No time to post much right now, but just showing you a bit of river color and a blustery windy sky for today. My newsletter comes out Wednesday of this week and I will announce the winner of "Nodding Iris".
I had in mind here to paint a landscape where the shadowed area in the foreground led the eye more naturally back into the painting and distant horizon. I used a sort of maroon and burnt sienna palette, and contrasted those with grayed blues and greens. A bit unusual for me, but I enjoyed the resulting composition and had fun with the experiement.
For me, this is one of those views that creates a little day dream. It's a bit like a tropical horizon with swaying palms, but here leads you to cross the bridge and walk up the path toward your own hideaway in the woods. Now just build a fire, or sit on the porch and listen to the quiet of that moment.
This is another view of the angel statue of the last post. You can't see her wings very well from this angle and it was better only to suggest the lighter grays and shapes behind the figure. Looking up toward her face, which was in shadow, gave a nice sense of subtle depth as well.
I've been wanting to work in black and white lately or at least limited color. For this, I went out on Saturday and took pictures of an angel statue that is in a lovely local cemetery. I thought it was going to be a sunny spring day, but it turned gray and there were mostly blue and dark green trees behind the figure. It worked for the drama and shapes and I tried to create a kind of reverence for the place and of the imagery. I'm sure there will be other paintings from the day out.
I'm changing it up today and painted one of my favorites, for it's color and many fluffy petals. I really concentrated here on keeping cooler lights and warm darks. Sometimes, I can get so dazzled by color that I forget that even reds are both warm and cool in relative temperature. A good reminder and exersize for me.