Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sun Spots - Sunflower Color

Sun Spots                    oil on linen panel               8" x 8" 
Capturing the last color of summer from a few weeks ago, I painted this sunflower today. I've been loving all the fall leaves, so maybe that's next...... 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Water's Edge

Water's Edge                        8" x 10"            oil on linen panel
This is from a photo from Kodiak, Alaska and the light was at that late day stage, but the sky was overcast. It created a pale yellow and orange light that wasn't very strong but that light and the water at the edge of the rocks is what I was concentrating on. I think perhaps the trees are too important here, though I did play down all the busy edges. I started with a violet block-in of the main shadow shapes and built into the middle and lighter values and colors as it progressed.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sun Day

Sun Day           8" x 6"         oil

Here's a re-post for your Sunday as I'm still seeing a few Sunflowers and even Daylilies along with the beauty of changing leaves.....

Where ever I go these days, there seem to be sunflowers. Peeking over fences, in broad fields, and random volunteers in mixed garden patches. Here are three that looked like they are still hanging on to summer.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Light Stream

Light Stream     oil on linen      10" x 8"
That flash of light on water....who can resist it? Not me. This was the kind of painting that presented a lot of 'happy accidents". A bit of extra color here, a messy color streak there and I wanted to keep them all. I tried to keep coming back to the main focus of that light and tried to keep only what was needed! Always a. challenge

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Sunday, October 12, 2014


Reflections            oil on linen panel                            9" x 12"
The title here is certainly about the water and color. But, it is also about having some quiet time and just being alone with your thought....in whatever way you choose to do that. This one is difficult to see the detail and I certainly suggest taking a look at the larger view using the link below to my website.....

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nice Bend!

Nice Bend!                            oil                               8" x 6" 
Here I am posting on the weekend again, which is upside down from the schedule I kept previous to about 6 months ago. I am enjoying the freedom away from a timeline though.... nice to be my own boss! This one is a friend that my husband fishes with, from a trip to Kodiak, AK. I kept the brushwork active and deliberately left streaky bits to emphasize the action of reeling this one in and keep the eye moving through the composition.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Day On The Water

A Day On The Water            oil on linen panel            8" x 10"
Perhaps I should have called this A Day At The Easel as I got more time painting today.  I started with washes of transparent color and built onto those with opaque darks. I continued with more intense middle values and worked up to pastels and lights for the finish.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush                   12" x 9"                    oil on panel
I painted more trees today, starting with a staining wash underneath in a kind of transparent coral color. My painting from yesterday was a wiper, as it just came off in a kind of soft mush that had nothing to say. In this one though, I tried to overcome that feeling with direct brushwork, more paint and contrast.
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