Here's another painting I've just listed with Daily Paintworks Auctions.... see the details HERE
Once again thank you to John Simlettforhis suggestions on how I might fix a couple Blogger issues I've been having regarding comments. My latest research tells me that the inline reply button on the blog can be 'broken' and not read correctly. Unfortunately, the fix is to change some of the html code and I am not feeling enough confidence to do so. On my second issue, since I receive some comment notifications by email but not all, I have concluded this is something to do with Google + and/or Google Circles. I do not receive notification for those in G Plus. However, my solution is to check in more frequently and accept the vagaries of technology!
This is a painting from Rainier National Park. The Indian Paintbrush had started to bloom and looking up this hillside gave a lovely path of red through deep greens. It's one of my favorite color schemes....
I'm asking a few tech questions in this post, so if any of you have answers, or have had problems with the same issues, please weigh in.
1. I'd like to reply directly to blog comments, but often find that Blogger won't post my comment. Sometimes it works out, but usually my reply comment disappears! I have looked at settings but can't seem to figure out what I'm missing.
2. I used to get an email notification that someone has made a blog comment. But in the last several months it rarely happens. I typically have to go back and check my last post to see if anyone has left a comment.
I almost titled this Lemon Chicken, but that's one of our 'go to' dinners, and it didn't seem very kind to the chicken! Chicken with Fruit still sounds like a recipe but......oh well...ii wasn't too creative with a title on this one.
This is from late fall, just before we started getting snow in November. There is a small farm nearby where I went to take some photos of chickens, goats and whatever was scratching around the yard. They had thrown a lot of lemons and oranges onto the ground for all their menagerie, and it made the whole scene extra colorful.
I decided to try something new for awhile and put up a painting on the Daily PaintWorks Auction Page. This auction will last for one week. Feel free to email if you have questions. Meanwhile, this is the Link to Bid and/ortake a look at the details.
In deciding on an uplifting subject with great color to play with, I chose a favorite subject. Any fruit on a vines or trees always appeals to me. My painting process was to establish a brush drawing of umber and red to establish values and basic shapes. Then, started laying in deep greens and reds. I went for establishing the hot spots of pure color next and lightened up gradually into the highlights.
This painting was my personal antidote after shoveling snow (yet again) today. I caught these guys in a photo in Yellowstone Park last summer. I thought it told a good story of 2 guys heading out in anticipation of a good day on the water. I really enjoyed playing with all the rich color in the dry grasses and the feeling of comradery between the two.
As with many of you, we are dealing with below zero temps and snow, snow snow! Today, I re-lived a trip down the Big Hole River in Montana from last July. Beautiful blue skies and a great variety of landscape greens. Enjoy....
Where does the time go! This time of year makes it especially hard to get to the easel. But, I did today and had fun with this secondary color scheme using violets, greens and orange tones. This is some fly fishing on the Owyhee River.
I think it never fails...... right about the time cold weather sets in, I feel like painting some warm weather scene! Here's one for those of you missing a shady palm to sleep under. This is from Hawaii.
Hope it's not too late to post a pumpkin, but I will call this a Thanksgiving theme and look forward! This one is from a friend's garden. The weather has been so mild, that there were still flowers blooming right next to fallen leaves and pumpkins. What caught my eye was the intense orange next to all the cooler leaf and flower colors.
I've enjoyed painting a lot larger lately, and just finished this painting of windswept skies. Going from 8 x 10" to 50 x 36" requires a little different mind set and of course....bigger brushes! I also have to remind myself that even my regular sized palette won't do when I'm trying to mix large amounts of color. To that end I use small plastic containers with lids to be able to be consistent from one day to the next in color and value. Then I can use my regular palette of color to work over the basic layout.
And as with every painting, it is important to step back and keep looking at the overall design. Even further back in this case to keep in mind the 'big picture'!
This was a particularly great year to visit Yellowstone Park due to the Centennial celebration. We went at the end of September and the park was showing great early fall color. I have seen the Old Faithful eruption several times on this and in a past visit. But, this one was particularly good because the breeze seemed to carry the spray even higher and further than usual. It's always a fun experience.
I like watching the crowd that gathers and waits for the show and the color makes for nice contrast in the landscape. Then, of course I wanted to create the fullness of the eruption and transparency as the plume falls and wafts off into the sky.
This is one of the friends we traveled with to Yellowstone a couple weeks ago. It was a bright sunny day and my husband caught Sam in the perfect action shot with wonderful color being reflected in the water.
I painted today using a photo from our trip to Rainier Nat. Park in July. I tried to keep the edges soft to convey the soft wet ground and spring color that was coming alive. I used a wash of umber underneath to establish the basic value plan. Then, I noodled around with a variety of edges and points of color. Painting it really brought back the feeling of that sunny, cool day and the path we were walking.
I still have a lot of the images from our trip in mind. This is in Yellowstone Park, on the Upper Madison river. The contrast between the golden grasses on the banks and cool blue waters were too good to ignore. After a couple cloudy, rainy days the sun broke out as well and gave us wonderful sparkle on the water. This was a fun one, where I felt my idea for the painting came through directly and without fuss!
Back from travels now and this one is from O'Dell Spring Creek, in Ennis, Montana. It's always a little difficult to paint again after a break, something that continues to surprise me even after many years of painting. This one for example, is a thicker application of paint than I usually use. I'll have to remind myself again of my more familiar approach, using thinner washes in the beginning stages.
Time and patience should get me there.....