Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Tree This Fall , first fall color

A Tree This Fall                  oil         9" x 7"
This is my first post of fall color. It's a wonderful twisted old tree on a corner that I pass frequently. And, when it turns each year, it turns my head. The color and shapes are great any time of year, but right now...just the best!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Good Luck! - fly fishing catch

Good Luck                                7" x 9"           oil on linen panel
I'm back to fly fishing today as this fisherman releases his catch of the day. It's always interesting to paint water in colors that are not the typical blues and greens. I like these gold tones reflecting part of the foliage above the water and the close up swirly shapes adding movement. So, while keeping the abstract shapes and different color palette it still reads 'water'. 

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Monday, September 24, 2012

A Grape Bunch II - companion piece of burgandy red grapes

A Grape Bunch II                      oil                     12" x 12"
This is the companion piece to yesterday's post and I thought as long as I was posting one, I'd show you the other. I love the red violets with greens and tried to portray a lush view of the vineyards with both paint and rich color. 

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Grape Bunch

A Grape Bunch                    oil             12" x 12"
I posted this on my Daily Painters sites for today and thanks to the question of fellow artist 
Julie Ford Oliver (excellent work, go see her! ) I realized it had never been on my blog. It is a painting I had done a while back and it somehow missed the blog world though it was on my website. Anyway, it is one of my favorites for it's color and shapes. Reviewing it makes me want to paint them all over again!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wildflower Trail - colorful oil Mt. Rainier northwest

Wildflower Trail              oil       7"x 9"
As you can see, I am still enamored with our visit to Mt. Rainier and the beautiful surroundings. This view takes in one of the many trails leading up to the mountain climb. Sometimes, in a painting I  crop a hill or mountain really close, so it is a bit looming in the background, as I did here. It seems to make the mountain even larger in the imagining of it.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blue Watering Can - oil floral bold color & shade

Blue Watering Can                    oil             9" x 9"
I am not quite in my regular schedule/groove yet since returning from travels, but this blue watering can helped and I worked with a primary color scheme which was different for me. I saw this cheery little set-up in a garden while on travels to Westport Washington. A fun choice for today's painting.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Basque Dancer II - A lesson in editing & a profile in shadow

Basque Dancer II (Alicia)                  9" x 9"                      oil
This is my week for review and this is a situation much like yesterday's painting. I haven't posted it before because I kept questioning what I was seeing. Today, in a fresh look, I cropped it and realized that I had way too much information elsewhere that was irrelevant. It reminded me of being told years ago not to fall in love with one passage to the detriment of the whole. This was a good reminder of that lesson. I touched up a couple shadows and edges, then saw it as a finished statement.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mount Rainier - fall

Mount Rainier                          oil                     9" x 9"
This is one of the many views of Mount Rainier that the park showed us during our brief tour. As with all the national parks I've visited, the trails and roads cut through the loveliest views and done in a way that helps to create a feeling of always being in the heart of the park. Take advantage of these wonderful places when you have the opportunity, you won't be sorry.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wildflower Hillside - Mt. Rainier Nat. Park

Wildflower Hillside                       8"x 8"         oil
This is another landscape from last week's trip to Mt. Rainier. You can see the base of Mt. Rainier in the background, but I've concentrated here on the color of a hillside leading up to it.  I've been having fun with thicker paint in recent work and you'll see I have thick strokes particularly in the lighter values and whites. the red orange is Indian Paintbrush mixed with other small flowers.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Early Fall - Mt. Rainier National Park

Early Fall                        7"x 10"                     oil
We've been travelling again, and lucky enough to be with good friends and beautiful views all around. This is in Mt. Rainier National Park, though this particular view is not the great mountain itself.  It's up by Paradise Lodge and throughout the park there were wildflowers and some early fall color in both grasses and leaves. I'm looking forward to painting more from the trip this week.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Yard Sale Marigolds - garden, floral, still life

Yard Sale Marigolds              oil         8"x 6"
Here's another view of some of the yard sale flowers that I saw last week. I really liked the back lit yellows looking like many little sunshine spots grouped together. here's to a sun shiny day!
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Yard Sale Bouquet - flowers for sale garden art

    Yard Sale Bouquets                     oil              8" x 8"
A few days ago I saw a garage sale that had a few bland  looking items out for inspection. But in the drive way, under some shady trees, they'd placed colorful pots of flowers with pink and violet 'for sale' stickers in each. They were definitely the bargain of the day and were selling out fast.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Little Old Fashioned - rose floral in dusty pinks

A Little Old Fashioned                       oil                          8 "x 8"
Had to come back to some favorites today, which are dusty pink roses. They are a little old fashioned I know, but I put down the thick paint and just went for it. Hope you are having a fun filled and non- laboring Labor Day weekend!

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