This is from a sketch and photo I took in Teton National Park. I liked the visual intersection of the bridge and the trees, and it seemed to fall together well in composition. The reflected blues are some of my favorite areas.
I'm all over the map these days with subject matter. So, I grabbed this bulb off the counter and started in today. Now that I've been smelling garlic for an hour and a half, I'm wanting garlic bread with dinner.....!
After posting yesterday's painting, I looked at it with fresh eyes. Those mountains were just too green and too high chroma and they were looming forward in the picture plane! I grayed them today and adjusted a few other values......much better I think....
This is a departure from my recent subjects, and is a second view of bachelor buttons in a field. I posted the first a couple of weeks ago. Today I chose a random name fom my Followers for my second painting give-a-way . And the winner is Elizabeth Seaver of Virginia. Elizabeth has a fun filled blog of her colorful and whimsical paintings that you'll all want to visit. I will keep in mind another painting give-away for the future, and will keep you posted on the date.
This title is vague I know, but I don't remember the name of the blossom, at Manito Park in Spokane. They had delicate bell shaped blossoms and pointed leaves with a kind of woody stem. Look familiar to anyone out there?
I nearly titled this painting, "Pucker Up". Every time I started really thinking about the subject, as opposed to painting the subject, my mouth started to do that automatic response thing that happens when you think of lemons! Anyway, in painting these three, my challenge was not to let the intense yellows overwhelm everything else. Believe it or not, I grayed down quite a bit of the color here and it is still pretty high on the chroma chart . Now, time for icy lemonade......... Buy Here
Once again, I'm experimenting with the dappled light of outdoors. It always draws my eye, and while it adds complexity, I find if I simplify, it usually works out in the end. Here, I've tried to focus on the apples, while still maintaining interest elsewhere in the painting.
Here I go again, with one of my favorite flowers. They're always so lush and seem to fill a square composition well, with their big full shapes. I have recently had questions about my methods and materials and it's probably close to time that I post another demo. Also, by request, I will soon put together a list of materials I use. If you have a question, just leave a comment or email and I'll try to answer them in the not too distant future. This is painted on alkyd primed linen that is mounted onto masonite panel.
Bachelor Buttons 8"x11" oil
If I'm not painting plein aire or in the studio with a set-up, I use my own photos 98% of the time. The exception is when I use my husband's photos, as he has a great eye and has captured some wonderful images, usually on fishing trips. This is one of those sources where he brought home photos of fields covered with bachelor buttons. I'll be painting them again soon.