Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mountain Views - back painting again

Mountain Views                         6" x 8"                              oil  
We are back from visiting family and friends and it felt good to pull out some paint and get my fingers dirty so to speak. This view is from the last day travelling back from the Polly Bemis ranch on the Salmon River, toward Riggins. There is still snow in the distance, but we lucked out with the weather and saw a lot of spring green trying to break through the grays of winter. I look forward to catching up with artist friends online to see what you've all been up to...... how time flies!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Polly Bemis Ranch - tree sketches

 These are sketches done from the Polly Bemis Ranch on the Salmon River, done today. I have a tenuous internet connection and can only hope it will hold, long enough to post. This is a historic ranch in beautiful country and I will try to paint from some of the sketches and photos I've taken in the next week or so. Meanwhile, it has been fun to change things up with just drawing, and concentrating on shape, line and simplified values.I used a middle gray charcoal paper, and drew with black and white colored pencils. I may also try painting in black and white or in monochrome for a bit as it's been a good challenge. Pin It

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cyan Sky - reflected color in the clouds

Cyan Sky                              oil                         8" x 10"
While I'm away, I'm re-posting a few from the past... hope you enjoy...

I needed a bold sky today as ours are pretty flat and gray here. I remembered this approaching cloud with wonderful reflections on the undersides from the light and ocean color below. It filled the bill for me...hope you enjoy it.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Hawaii Beach View

Hawaii- Beach View                     9" x 9"                       oil
While I am away this week, I thought I'd show a few posts from the past. Hope you enjoy my review of these paintings.

Today is something a bit different as this is a painting that I hadn't posted from Hawaii. Previously, I wasn't happy with it but today I reworked some things and am far more satisfied with the flow in shapes, values and colors. So, my head was in the mountains, but today envisioned the beautiful blues skies and warm breezes off the ocean in Oahu. Amazing where your brain will let you travel! Where is your vision taking you today?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fishing Buddies

Fishing Buddies                       oil                        8"x 10"
While I am away this week, I thought I'd show a few posts from the past. Hope you enjoy my review of a few pieces.
This is from a photo source from Steve M, and it reminds me of when we had both yellow and black labs, they were always good fishing companions. They loved the water of course, but were trained to wait in their quiet, tense, tail wagging mode for the next catch. Then, would try to anxiously nibble at the fish like they'd just accomplished something wonderful! Maybe they had.... with their patience and good company.
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Toby - figure in vintage peach

Toby                       oil                12" x 9"
This is from a photo of a former student who wore interesting vintage dresses, before vintage was cool! I see here now and then and she still has that spark of fun and creative energy I always admired. I have painted from the source before, approaching it a bit differently each time in both watercolor and oil.This one's not for sale but view other Daily Paintings Here.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Field Walk - rolling farm land and walking the dog

A Field Walk               oil                8" x 10" 
Here is a guy and his dog walking the fields in the rolling Palouse farm lands of North Idaho. I used a little different surface on this and it gave the canvas a little more grip for the paint. This is a gessoed stretched canvas, but I used a thin additional coat of clear gesso. The clear gives you a surface much like pastel paper and lets you avoid that 'screen door' look of some prepared canvas.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Fishing Date

Fishing Date                             oil                             6" x 6"
I found these two heading out to cast their lines on the Bighorn river in Montana. I would have liked to follow longer and watch to see what the day brought them, but I had my easel set up just off this path and didn't follow or want to intrude. I am not particularly good at getting photos on the sly, but sometimes I get lucky......hope they did. 
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

More Apples

More Apples          8" x 6"       oil
It's a mystery to me why particular colors and shapes resonate with each of us in a different way. I have come back to these shapes and colors of apples on branches time and again, and never tire of them. I love the break up of red and green compliments and I just see them as a 'homey' kind of subject. I started with a neutral beige wash on this and then sketched in the basic shapes with terra rosa, before brushing in the main colors,values highlights and edges.
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Dusty Roses

Dusty Roses                12" x 14"                oil
I am working between large and smaller works right now and it's been a challenge to make the leap back and forth. Here, I probably should have been using the larger brush that I'd recently put down from the three by four foot painting that I've been working on! But, overall it came together in spite of that.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

To The Beach..... a breezy walk through Hawaiian Palms

To The Beach                      8"x 10"                   oil
I took my head right back to a Hawaii today with this pathway toward the ocean. It was very breezy and the palms were swaying. Just one of those moments that leaves a distinct impression that is so nice to think back to. 

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Sunset Over Water

Sunset Over Water      48" x 30"    acrylic
This is another large painting I've been working on and will plan to have it at Entree Gallery up at Priest Lake this spring. I always have such a time taking photos of darker works, so hope you can see it well. While it is complete for the most part, it seems that every day I look at it with a fresh eye and there is just a bit of some adjustment I need to attend to! I think many of you who are artists will understand. At some point I have to ask myself whether more is better ...or just more.....?

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