Thursday, April 28, 2011

Backyard Iris

Backyard Iris  11"x 15"  oil
This is a plein aire painting from our back yard. It was done last season and I wanted to post it again to continue my current  theme. I am working on a larger iris painting that I will post soon though. We are still a few weeks away from seeing these bloom, but I hope to get out there and paint them again (maybe after the yard work gets done-ha!)
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Copper Top ( Iris)

Copper Top (Iris) 6x6" oil
There is a particular color in this type of Iris that I can only describe as copper. It doesn't hit the pink, orange or yellow tones exactly, but all those in between. That was my challenge and I think it's pretty close, and I loved the contrast of the red-violet with it. I may try this again with two or three blooms in the compostition.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chick Pick

Chick Pick  6x6"  oil 
I am still working with chicks and this rooster looked like he had his pick of all the hens in the yard. I posted this in DPW's Color Challenge and used a triad of yellow orange, red violet and pthalo blue.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

King of the Yard

King of the Yard  9x9 oil
I recently had the good fortune to receive some excellent chicken photos from my friend Judy. She has such a good eye (and access to chickens :) and thought I might be interested...yes! In my approach to this, I decided to continue with DPW's chicken challenge.I used and analogous color scheme here, which is all the warm and cool red, orange and yellow tones. For the most part, it's all grayed, with the exception of the roosters comb, and there I really layed it on with pure cad red. Thanks to Kathy Cousart and Nancy Laliberte who came up with great names for my last post. I decided on Nancy's fancy title :)
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Fleurs du danse

More Ranunculi  6x6" oil
Doesn't this title  just grab ya? Yeah, I know... so maybe it's time for some of your good suggestions out there. I couldn't resist another go with these roly poly blossoms and went for a more all over design this time. I started with an alizarin color wash.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011


Ranunculus  6x6" oil
Ranuncula are some of the first spring flowers I notice every spring in the garden centers. They look so sturdy with their bright lollipop blooms and sturdy stems.......but they're not here for long and will soon be taken over by all the competing color of longer flowers. Lovely while they last though.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wild Rose

Wild Rose  9x9" oil
One of the first wildflowers you see here in the Northwest are the Wild Rose bushes. They invariably have a true pink color and many blooms that last quite awhile into the summer. These were some I saw last summer, but I know any day now, they will be here again. Nancy Laliberte's painting of daffodils has me impatient to paint spring!
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Little Red Hen-Demo

Little Red Hen  9x9"  oil

The current Daily Paintworks Challenge uses chickens as it's subject and I knew, I had to switch gears and paint this little hen. I love the color and quirkiness of hens and I also felt it was time for a demo. This second frame should run on it's own, without clicking to start. I'm hoping there aren't any hitches with it, but let me know if there are, and I might be able to re-work it. I will also post on DPW with many other grand chicks! Just one more thing- in this photo, not matter what I do, this hen looks like she's smiling! The actual painting does not have her looking so jovial -haha!
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Carpet Rose

Carpet Rose   9x9"  oil
Garden Centers are starting to open up and while it's early in the season, it's always great to look forward to the color. I spied this little Carpet Rose ready to find a home, so gear up's time to start digging!
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Next Painting Give-Away

End of Day 8x10" oil on stretched canvas. Did you know that my next painting give away will be for this painting? I always change it up a bit, and this time, I will draw from all those who are subscribed to my newsletter by April 30. It's an easy process, just click the subscribe link at the top of my blog and enter your email.
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Moving Through

Moving Through   9x9"  oil
Here I wanted to catch one of those fast moving storms that races overhead. You're not sure whether to go about your business, or duck for cover! I like the cool and warm contrasts, with the intensity of color changing throughout. We actually had snow on the ground this morning...but I just couldn't paint snow just now! This afternoon it cleared up, with the intermittent darkness you see here.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cumulus Color

Cumulus Color  oil  9x9"
If you watch my work, you know I like dramatic skies. Spring can bring it's share of those, because of those unstable conditions. The drama in this scene has more to do with the value contrasts than color. I used a warm orange under painting that was transparent, but intense. Then, when painting over in those cool complimentary violets, the contrasts I wanted, came through.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Glacier Park Trail

Glacier Path  9x9"  oil
Taking a break from fishing subjects for now, I am looking forward to spring scenery and receding snow fields. As the title states, this is one of many trails in Glacier Park, where, there are tremendous views absolutely everywhere you look. I like the path leading the eye upward and onto the next turn around the bend. Seems hopeful somehow...
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Fly Tying III

Fly Tying III 9"x9" oil
When my husband is tying flies. I can easily be inspired by all the shapes and colors on his worktable.  I don't know enough to set up the right kind of scene sometimes, but just from an artistic standpoint, if I'm lucky, it's just there......waiting to be painted this :)
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