I can't seem to stay away from painting Hollyhocks for too long. I love the rich color and variety of trumpet shapes that draw me in. This was done on a linen I haven't used for some time. It is acrylic primed and is a very smooth portrait grade. It's very absorbent which I struggle with a bit, but it also allows for very soft edges.
This is Trout Lake in Yellowstone Park. It's a bit of a climb up a hill from the main road and I was with a friend while our husbands fished that afternoon. Jane is energetic and encouraging and she kindly waited for me as I struggled to climb the steeper bits of the path. The climb was worth it though. There is a lovely path all around the small lake and I took many photos, one of which I used here.
We recently returned from the Big Horn River in Montana. I got several photos of fly fishers and this maroon red boat was a beautiful shape against the blues and greens of the landscape. I painted this one the day after taking the photo, while it was fresh in my mind and I had a good idea of what I wanted in the finish.
A small still life to get me thinking about spring! This is a set up with one of my favorite bowls and blue vase. My limited palette here was cad yellow light, permanent rose and ultramarine blue. Once again, I worked off of a light gray background to gauge values.
This is another of my favorite references from a Basque festival,. I decided to combine more of an abstract feel in the background. I also used loose edges to help convey a sense of movement and liveliness to an otherwise still figure.
A familiar image again, but this time I did try something a little different in the process. I typically work on a light wash of cad. red or sienna in order to have a warm background to let color bounce off of. In this case I used a light gray background mixed from white and a bit of black gesso. this certainly shows up your values clearly and it was an interesting way to work. I sketched out the scene in cad red medium before beginning to lay in larger color masses. I liked the result and will definitely use the same approach again.
Here's a post from a Basque Festival photo taken awhile back. I always enjoy their dancing and the whirl of red skirts. The backstage action is good too with the anticipation of performance and a lot of helping hands and emphasis on the costumes.
One of my favorite subjects to paint. I really needed to turn to a favorite for this one. It continues to amaze me that after years of painting, I've learned that time away from the easel creates a kind of creative blindness when I begin again. I can still feel like a newbie at the easel if I haven't had the opportunity to paint everyday. One of the ways I get back into the swing of things is with a comfortable favorite subject like this one. Colorful and splashy...
This is from the Big Horn river is Montana. I've painted this fisherman before and always enjoy the shape of his cowboy hat as a focal point. He was having a good day, and I was able to catch several shots of him fishing.
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.