This is my husband fishing (and catching) in Montana and the composition seemed perfect for a square format which I haven't used in awhile. I played with some creative color in the shadows for fun and used blues against the orange undertones for punch. This triad of orange, blue and green is one of my favorites.
Sunset , Ruby River, 24" x 36" oil on deep edge canvas
I've been wanting to try a painting mock-up like this for some time and now just getting around to it. This is a fun way to envision the size of a painting within a particular environment. Here, 2 x 3 foot painting is shown against an approximate five or six foot sofa,. If you have an interior photo that I can help you re-imagine with one of my paintings, let me know!
I'm doing a painting give-away for "Birch Trees", with a bit of a twist. This one is through Instagram, so if you 'like' this post and follow me on IG.... you are automatically entered to win. And you only have to wait until June 1st to find out who the winner is! Find me on IG... @mary_maxam
Here's another view from Arches National Park. The rock formations there are so giant and different from the Northwest that I really have to think about the shapes and color and try not to overdo either.
I dug out a nearly finished roll of linen today that I hadn't used in a long while. It is much more textured than my usual surface, but seemed just right for all the twigs and grasses in this landscape.
(Claessens #66 Single Oil Primed ) I enjoyed the change and always feel it's a good thing to change it up now and then.
Another re-post from the the Washington coast this time.....
A quick post on this dock scene from Westport, Washington. It's pretty active and I used an umber underpainting which I usually don't do. While it worked out, I still prefer a more vibrant color wash underneath, such as cad. red or rose.
I'm posting a few favorites from the past year this week.....
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.
Another of my recent larger works. I had fun with bringing all the individual areas here into a cohesive whole. I had a real challenge at one point where everthing appeared too red and intense, but cooled things down with some blue and gray glazing.
This one is a bit different for me as I am experimenting with the palette and soft edge approach of Kevin Courter. He's a master of creating mood and special lighting effects in the landscape and I recently returned from his workshop in Sacramento. Kevin is an excellent teacher and generous with his time and information. View / Purchase
Had to paint some sweet pink roses today. These are from a photo I took of red roses, but I brought all the values up and decided on a much more spring like feel for it. It must be the influence of Valentine's Day.
I painted this with the intention of using a different color palette. This uses the triad of violet, green and orange. It was a good experiment for me. I tried to keep the path through the trees in a high key to provide contrast and a window into the depth of the landscape.
I am happy to share exciting news this month about my article in the current edition of International Artist magazine. "Using
a Transparent Value Plan" includes a step-by-step painting
demonstration and thoughts on some of my other paintings that are
featured. You can see a brief preview online, page 64.
My next five painting purchasers will receive a copy.
In addition, my newsletter posted today, and you can view it HERE