Here is one from Rainier National Park. This was in July and the beginning show of wildflowers was on display. These tiny Avalanche Lilies really provided contrast against all the deep greens and umber tones in leaves and underbrush.
To start the year.... a bit of red in the form of a wooden boat and fisher on the Big Horn river. The water is dark but, I thought harmonised well with the ochre and crimson tones in the rest of the painting.
Sometime around our move, 4 years ago, I sold this painting. Or at least I thought I had. When I went to pack and ship, it was no where to be found! I searched everywhere in my studio and just finally gave up. I had no good explanation and had finally decided that it had sold previously but that I had no good record for it. Lo and behold, it has been recovered! These Pink Lady apples have been quietly resting between the covers of a painting book. How it got there I will never know..... I should be re-reading all my painting books....who knows what I'd find!
A sunny fall day and time on the water for this guy in Yellowstone Park. I replaced my Viridian for Prussian Blue on this one. It's great for mixing interesting greens and works as an alternative to the Ultramarine that's alway on my palette.
This is a painting that started as I usually do, with a red wash of the major value areas. I liked the lead-in and had planned it as a landscape only. But, I saw the perfect space for a fly fisher and a long space to use a fishing line creating motion in the foreground. Once I saw it in my mind's eye, I knew it would be a solid way to finish and am happy with the results.
This is not typically the time of year I think about the ocean considering it's a week before Thanksgiving. But, this is a memory from a couple years ago, in Oceanside, CA. It was a late afternoon and people were still enjoying a few last hours of the warm day before the sun went down. A pink underpainting using a thin Cad. Red wash helped bring a nice warmth to the blues.
Here is one that is all about a limited palette, which was fun and different for me. Even small bits of blue and orange in the reflections carried the idea of it being colorful against a variety of grays.
I needed to get my chicken painting fix as it had been too long! As with other recent paintings, I loosely sketched this in Cad. Red and blocked in large passages of darks in that as well. It helps to remind me of the values as I proceed to color. The red doesn't seem to affect the top color other than to warm it a bit.
This is a fisher from the Lochsa River. It has a bit of an old fashioned or maybe timeless feel to it which I liked. I think it is the slouchy hat and vest which made him look a very comfortable part of his surroundings.
Here's another long format painting which I enjoy for variety and a different kind of compositional challenge. It is on a deep edge canvas which is painted on the edges to allow for framing 'as is' or framing. This is from the Big Horn river in Montana.
Cottage Garden Bouquet 9" x 12" oil on linen panel
This bouquet was sitting on a table in the gardener's cottage at the Kylemore Abbey. There were formal gardens as well as smaller garden plots for cuttings and vegetables. The gardener's cottage no longer has anyone living there, but it is set up like a small museum of days gone by. This arrangement sat on a table across from a peat burning fire and mantle displaying old photos. Another great place to visit if you ever have the opportunity.
A Connemara Pony In Heather oil on linen panel 9" x 12"
The Connemara Pony is a breed that originated in Ireland and known for it's versatility and good nature. We saw many that were white or shades of white and gray and they always looked wonderful surrounded by the lush green fields. The heather was just beginning to bloom and gave us a preview of the blue and red violet color that would soon be all around.
This painting is from Scotland's lovely Cawdor Castle and surrounding gardens not too much of a drive from Inverness. This fairytale castle has all the features we come to think of from illustrations and movies..... corner spires, a drawbridge, moat and massive main structure. The gardens are fabulous as well and it's hard to pick a favorite view.... but this is certainly one of them.