Avery, Idaho is on the St. Joe river. On a day like this one, it's just one sparkling turn after another as you wind your way along the road that follows it. I took this photo of my husband at least a year or so ago, but in the way of revisiting images, today it just said 'paint me'!
The beautiful red rocks on the Owyhee river are the focus in this one instead of a fisherman. I worked at getting the form to be massive in it's presence and turn the shapes with the correct values. In addition, I used the patch of light on the little spring green hillside to bring the eye down into the river and then back up again to the big silhouette against the sky.
Breezy Beach Day 6" x 12" oil on linen panel
Here's a beach scene for those of you longing for sunny days. This was from a picture I took in Hawaii on one of their perfect spring days. View and PurchasePin It
This is another pretty view in Glacier Park. I found some time to paint today and warmed the rocks into more orange and sienna color as a counterpoint to the blues. I've been working on L600 linen from New Traditions and really like the smooth surface that isn't too slippery. Their customer service is always great too!
I'm back, and it was good to visit with family and get a new perspective on things elsewhere. It's also good to get caught up enough to paint! Oh my.... I have missed sliding paint around and using color! My husband was fishing with a friend on the Owyhee river in Oregon and brought back some inspiring images that had me thinking of in terms of cool blues and early spring color in the grasses.
Here's another re-post while I'm gone. Hope you enjoy this demo again....
This is the slideshow for "Sun Break" which should run automatically for you. But, if not you can click on it and run in a separate window. I started with an overall warm wash of burnt sienna and cad. orange light. Then I indicated a loose brush drawing in burnt umber. The layers at the beginning are for the dark blue and green layers working gradually toward lighter ones, in a fairly traditional way.
I am traveling right now, so here is a re-post of a favorite that I hope you'll enjoy....
This is from one of my favorite snaps and I have painted it both large (3ft.x 4ft.) and small. I always loved the big strong shape of the fir tree and the colorful dots of Queen Anne's Lace and small poppies that grew naturally on this hillside. The ocean is a great backdrop for the whole thing. It was a surprising scene, because we had just stepped off the ferry from Victoria B.C. back to the U.S. and I'm sure while our minds were on the next time table and schedule of events, I looked back out toward the water, and there was this welcoming natural garden.
I wanted to paint using some color today but flowers were not in my head. These boat bouys and their varied shapes and colors got me thinking for sure. I like a red-orange and turquoise color scheme and enjoyed this change. It's surprising how many shapes they have, so seeing a big grouping like this is like walking up to a big abstract painting.
I'm posting a commission today that I finished just a few days ago. I haven't had time to get back to the easel since, but hope to soon. Meanwhile, the weather is turning and we are seeing a lot more sunshine! Hope you are too. This one is SOLD but you can see other work on
I wanted the idea and feeling of flouncy Hollyhocks in this painting rather than overly defined shapes and I really enjoyed it. I kept thinking 'Oh, I should get back into that and finish'.....then each time I began, the answer came back...'it's finished!' I know it will be quite awhile till we see these lovlies again in the garden, but meanwhile I can dream........
This is from a photo I snapped while driving through Crater Lake National Park. I used a warm underpainting here that was a mix of transparent red oxide and alizarin crimson. I started with a middle value of the underpainting, then wiped out the light valued areas a bit. The main shapes were then sketched in using the same oxide/crimson mix. Using that basic value set up, I then began with local color and edges to finish.
This was painted from a small study done several weeks ago. It was thoroughly fun and satisfying both times for both the color scheme and the action of the scene. Here I wanted to develop more of the grays and the color passages in a bit more subtle way and the proportion of the format is slightly wider.
No, we are not seeing daisies here yet, but I've been inspired by several photos and paintings of spring flowers lately. They reminded me of this shot I took last summer looking down onto a mass of wild flowers. I let the shadow cast from the group steal the show with curving shapes and striking color. Of course the difficult part about painting daisy type flowers is not to paint them as perfectly white and symmetrical as they first appear. Here, I bunched them up and used shadows to link shapes.
Once the snow tapers off and the rain begins, planning and thinking about the possibilities of color in the garden isn't too far behind. Here is one for all of us who dream about sowing the colorful seeds of spring and summer flowers.
I wanted to paint larger today and this landscape filled the bill. It is similar to
A Break in the Clouds which is a work that I’ve
had inquiries about. But, people seem to want to see it as a larger painting. I enjoyed the longer format as
well and it all seemed to fall together. Pictures were taken along the way and
since it’s been awhile since posting a
slideshow, I will work on that and have it for you tomorrow or for the weekend (crossed fingers).
I've been reading about various artists taking and giving workshops recently. What a great way to shake off the doldrums of winter and boy am I jealous! I hope you are all having a great time and learning a lot. This is from a long ago workshop and it evoked the marvelous feeling of working all day with peers and the evidence of that work left on our aprons at the end of the day. Like they say "Art work is Work!"
Whenever I have flowers in a room, it seems there is a bright spot that you can't deny when you walk in. This is particularly bright because of the late day sun streaming through the window and for me, because of the vase. It is Italian painted pottery which was a gift from my mother many years ago. I had a challenge keeping the values straight, but I happily I managed it and got the light and shadow 'story' just right.