Not much time to post now, but wanted to show today's painting of the St. Joe river....I just seem to have these visuals in mind right now and have to put them down. So, why fight it, no matter what the calendar says.... !
I don't paint animals very often. But, yesterday's post on the St. Joe river, reminded me of this sighting on that day trip. I saw this very white shape against the green, right down on the river's edge. It turned out to be a Mountain Goat just walking casually along and in no hurry. We took several photos and speculated about why he wasn't high up onto rocky cliffs somewhere. Loved seeing him, and it was a great cap on the day.
Here is another post from late summer on the St. Joe River. The blue shadows were fun against the warmth of reflected light. I thought about developing the back hillside more, but decided to let it fade into the background and distance.
This is from the farm country of the northwest called the Palouse, once again. I always love the curves of the furrowed fields that run up and down the hills They provide visual lead ins that I can't seem to resist. This is a warm summer day in July...an uplifting scene right now and calming to me in the midst of busy-ness.
I've painted this area before, which is the Coeur d'Alene river out at Cataldo. Working with this soft cobalt blue gave me a perfect foil for the limited winter-y palette with ochre, terra rosa and white. I feel like I've broken through a dark color slump.....whew! Which reminds me of a little catchphrase I saw the other day..."Artwork is Work!"
Sometimes the first snow falls so unevenly and melts, for the most part. But, as with this scene, it leaves just enough behind to remind you that that there will be more to come. This path of light is also a way to define the landscape and a way forward.
I think since the days here have been so dark, I have somehow gotten into using only the darks on the value scale! Hard to know exactly what's up with that, but maybe I'd better check the lights in my studio and see if there's a bulb out.... At any rate, this one has more of the middle values and I loved using the various greens of the water to be the real focus here.
This fisherman is kind of blending into the darks of the bank, but it might help to catch more fish! I wanted the cold water feel, but with some warmth in the dry grass and leafless branches on the bank as contrast. I wouldn't be in that river myself, but the fly fishers I know are every bit as single minded and dedicated as the artists of my acquaintance.......ha!
"Swept Away" is now off 'hold' and officially for 'sale' and I thank those who inquired and left such nice comments about it. I made color notes and will be painting from my digital image of it for the enlargement if it sells.
I have been mulling larger works and this painting is a small plan for what might turn out to be one of those. This longer format is different to work with, but I think could be fun in creating some big sweeping sky shapes. My intent was to create an uplifting view to the skies and the impression of movement, so that in a large piece you might always notice a bit of something new each day. It is inspired by a sky last summer over the Palouse farm country.
This one's on hold for now, but you can see a larger view, or