Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trio

Trio                          9" x 12"                  oil 

Once again a painting from the Big Horn River in Montana. I used color that was more from my imagination than either the photo source or reality. What I tried for was the sparkle of the water, which required some high contrast, but I thought some color intensity would help out as well.


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Ruby Springs Montana, Plein Air Paintings

Ruby Spring Greens     11" x 14"     oil on linen

Montana Plein Air     8" x 10"       oil on linen

Today I am posting 2 paintings from a couple weeks ago. Painting was on the back burner last week,  but I realized I hadn't shown these two plein air works that I'd done when we were in Montana.

view on my website - Montana Plein Air

view on my website - Ruby Spring Greens

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Slideshow Demo- Cottage Hollyhocks


This is a slideshow of the basic steps for Cottage Hollyhocks (yesterday's post)

1. Thin wash of cad red in the background with a brush drawing of basic shapes
2. Block in of value shapes in cad. red 
3. Darks blocked in for each color area.
.4. Middle values blocked in for each color area.
5. Lights blocked in last
6. Lastly, I softened edges, and adjusted color relationships to reflect the correct warm/cool tones in the lights and shadows.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cottage Hollyhocks

Cottage Hollyhocks    14" x 11"      oil on linen panel

No time to post  much today. But, I did take several photos of the progress on this painting and will post a slideshow demo in the next day or so. 'Til then....


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Twin Bloom Hollyhocks


Twin Bloom Hollyhocks   oil on linen panel    10" x 8"

I took a look at some some of my Hollyhock photos from Montana today and worked with warm and cool reds throughout this painting. Because they have so many blooms, it's easy to get confused in tall the color 'noise' of the scene. Here I grayed down some of the pinks and greens to carry the idea of many flowers but not let them compete too much with the double blooms in the upper left.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Twin Bridges Hollyhocks- plein aire in Montana

Twin Bridges Hollyhocks         12" x 9"       oil on panel

My posts have been erratic lately due to summer travels and projects. Today is another switch-up with a painting I did on our recent trip to Montana. We stayed near the town of Twin Bridges and it has some fun old buildings. But, the main thing I saw in passing through were the Hollyhocks. They are everywhere! The store fronts, parking lots and alleys have great groups of colorful blossoms all over town. 
I loved them and went back to take reference photos and to paint plein aire. This one was painted from the parking lot behind the post office. I'm looking forward to developing more work from the trip.



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Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Last Best Place

The Last Best Place                           oil                                     12" x 36:"

I worked with another long proportion in this latest painting. It's from Belize, where my memories are of intense blues of every description. I've included detail shots below.






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Sunday, July 10, 2016

View From Sunrise

View From Sunrise     oil on linen panel       10" x 8"

One of the many beautiful drives through Mt. Rainier Park take you to the Sunrise Visitor Center and more great views and paths to walk. While we had some rain and fog in the morning, everything cleared up so that you could see many of the peaks along the mountain range. I have continued to do a value block in on my paintings recently and then use more accurate color over that. 




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Saturday, July 9, 2016

View From Paradise

View From Paradise     oil on linen panel       8" x 10"

We spent the Fourth of July at beautiful Mt. Rainier. There are gorgeous views at every turn, some being grand and others subtle and quiet. This is the view from Paradise Inn, where we stayed I highly recommend it, if you ever have a chance to visit. The historic inn, built in 1916, is a real treat and retreat. The scenery was very inspiring and I'm planning to paint others from the trip soon.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sand & Shadows

Sand & Shadow   10" x 8"    oil on linen panel
A small one today from a photo taken in Belize. Originally, I had my eye fixed on all the detailed edges of the shadow itself. But then I realized that a softer edge captured the feeling of being under  the dappled shadows of the palms rather than observing from a distance. 


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Monday, June 27, 2016

A Good Luck Day


A Good Luck Day    oil on canvas    30" x 15"


A Good Luck Day (detail)

Still working today with a long format, this time vertical. I did a 3 value rough sketch this time in cad. red. That allowed me to think about color and still keep my values in place. My biggest challenge was not to carry the color too far and I did tone it down quite a bit. I find it is always easier to start with intense color, then gray it, rather than the reverse. 
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Big Bend

Big Bend    12" x 36"  oil on stretched canvas

Big Bend (detail)

I've been wanting to use a different format for awhile and I decided this extra long canvas would fit the bill. I used the fishing line and water line to really emphasize the length and then tried to used foliage with the same intent. This was very fun to paint. As I got into it, I pushed color toward a sense of atmosphere rather than accuracy. I'm planning to work with another long format soon in a vertical.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Glacier Park Landscape - Revised

Glacier Park Landscape

Today I took a second look at yesterday's painting and realized adjustments were needed. The peak on the right was too dark to indicate distance and edges needed to be softened in a variety of places. Now I think it has a stronger visual lead-in and the edges, particularly in the background are not competing with foreground shapes. Funny how 'fresh eyes' on a painting, helps you to see solutions.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Glacier Park Landscape

Glacier Park Landscape   9" x 12"    oil

This is from one of my favorite photos taken in Glacier Park. Today I didn't have a lot of time but just wanted to get down the larger basic shapes of color. 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Just For Fun


Just For Fun          oil on panel      12" x 12"

I decided to work in a more abstract manner today.  So this was some fun with big brushes and big splashes of color. Once I had that our of my system, I used negative painting in the background to bring some focus to the splotchy shapes. A nice break and fun change for today.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summertime

Summertime      oil      11" x 14"
I took the reference photo for this one while walking along the Boise river last week. It was a day with a little breeze and perfect temps in the 70's. This guy seemed to have found the perfect spot to spend the afternoon and try his luck with a little fishing.


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Friday, June 3, 2016

Glide

                                                                       Glide    oil   9" x 12"
I've been working on a couple small commissions in the last week. And, between those and keeping up with everyday happenings, posting work has gotten away from me. This is one of the many geese that enjoy the pond behind our house. I took this photo in the evening when there was just enough light in the sky to provide some nice color from the setting sun and provide a lot of contrast

This smaller photo almost looks like it was painted with a tube of solid black, but the larger view will show a variety of mixes using ultramarine blue, viridian, and alizarin crimson.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

River Rodeo









River Rodeo        9" x 12"    oil on linen panel

When I took the photo for this painting, it reminded me of a cowboy doing some roping instead of fly fishing. I liked the action, and the name ( thanks to my husband) really clinched it! 
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Untended

Untended          11" x 14"         oil on linen panel

I saw these roses yesterday next to a small farmhouse door. I was there with my sister and a friend for an estate sale. The roses looked like they had been there blooming year after year without much tending, but they were really beautiful none the less. Lots and lots of deep red blooms and untended canes running wild everywhere.


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