No time to post much right now, but just showing you a bit of river color and a blustery windy sky for today. My newsletter comes out Wednesday of this week and I will announce the winner of "Nodding Iris".
I had in mind here to paint a landscape where the shadowed area in the foreground led the eye more naturally back into the painting and distant horizon. I used a sort of maroon and burnt sienna palette, and contrasted those with grayed blues and greens. A bit unusual for me, but I enjoyed the resulting composition and had fun with the experiement.
For me, this is one of those views that creates a little day dream. It's a bit like a tropical horizon with swaying palms, but here leads you to cross the bridge and walk up the path toward your own hideaway in the woods. Now just build a fire, or sit on the porch and listen to the quiet of that moment.
This is another view of the angel statue of the last post. You can't see her wings very well from this angle and it was better only to suggest the lighter grays and shapes behind the figure. Looking up toward her face, which was in shadow, gave a nice sense of subtle depth as well.
I've been wanting to work in black and white lately or at least limited color. For this, I went out on Saturday and took pictures of an angel statue that is in a lovely local cemetery. I thought it was going to be a sunny spring day, but it turned gray and there were mostly blue and dark green trees behind the figure. It worked for the drama and shapes and I tried to create a kind of reverence for the place and of the imagery. I'm sure there will be other paintings from the day out.
I'm changing it up today and painted one of my favorites, for it's color and many fluffy petals. I really concentrated here on keeping cooler lights and warm darks. Sometimes, I can get so dazzled by color that I forget that even reds are both warm and cool in relative temperature. A good reminder and exersize for me.
It's amazing how little red is needed to command attention, especially when surrounded by cool blues and greens. And, that is exactly what caught my eye when I saw this guy in his red vest, fishing on the Big Horn river in Montana. He had company and I suggested the figure in the background, but left the main figure to be the focus.
Here's a re-post today of one of my favorites,hope you enjoy it.....
This is a sky that is part from a reference and part from memory. You know how it is...you're traveling, you see the storm in the distance, and now and again there seems to be a breakthrough of light and rain that just couldn't be held back. Then it always makes me think about that one place, what's happening right underneath that spill of light and rain?
Here's a nice billowy sky that blew up when we were on our way back home from travels last week. I'm happy with the big shapes here that made the statement without getting fussy. This is some of the farm country between Moscow and where we are in Coeur d'Alene.
I'm sure I had just as much fun painting this, as these guys did fishing. The intensity of the water right next to the red orange tones of the boat was my initial focus. So here, it was all about color, and drawing attention to the figures by using the intensity of color compliments
Another painting from one of my favorite areas in Montana, the Big Horn River. Where painting is concerned, I seem to go back and forth from using only washes of color underneath to applications of thicker paint right away. Part of it has to do with the surface I am working on and lately it has been a new (for me) portrait linen that is acrylic primed. The paint really glides on and blends easily, so I'm enjoying that particularly in passages like the water in the foreground here. I've always enjoyed a change in materials now and then, how about you?
This is a bright spring day on the Owyhee River in southeastern Oregon. I love the red rocks and sage of the landscape and emphasized that here. I also used a bit thicker paint and the brushwork is pretty direct, just as it was laid down. The day was just a couple weeks ago where early spring was evident during this trip with my husband and a fishing friend.