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.....
I'm re-posting a painting that I re-touched today. I felt this needed some color adjustment around the figure, so that he would be more a part of the surroundings in the painting. Also, the pose was a bit more static than I like and changed that too. (the original version is below) I shadowed the left leg/hip and it forced that back, while bringing the right leg forward. I also enlarged and lightened the fish -y splash in the foreground. It didn't take long, but better in my view.
I had more fun with Hollyhocks today and decided to draw attention to their wonderful tall color spikes with this tall canvas.
Sometimes when using color that is this bold, I check my values by taking a look at a black and white version which you can see below. While there is a lot going on, I still felt my value structure held it all together. It's a good test you may want to play with sometimes to keep things on track.
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.