August is almost here! That means I will be back at my day job full force. I am missing painting. The kids will be back in school soon. 2 in college this year and one in elementary! Summer has been a whirlwind and yet it feels like forever since I have been in the studio.
I have so many ideas and so many pictures that I can't wait to begin. For now, I would like to post a few of my favorites from 2015. Somehow I got quite a few painted that summer. Anyway these are still available.
The colors of the beach at twilight, so tranquil. This is Isla-de Lobos, I believe it is one of the Canary Islands. I was bored with all this rain and had some fun checking out Pixabay a website full of wonderful pictures that are copyright free that I learned from Carol Marine's Daily Challenges on Daily Paintworks. I have to say it was fun and freeing just picking subject matter far from my home.
I thoroughly enjoyed planting annuals last week which led to inspiring a painting. I normally don't paint on the weekends, but I was able to sneak this one in yesterday. Now to get my garden in this week, if the rain lets up.
Yesterday a cityscape today carrots. No reason other than avoiding a rut. Although today's painting is different from yesterday's post it was equally difficult to photograph. Once it is dry I will post a better picture.
Reduce-Reuse-Recycle is today's mantra. I have a stack of paintings that failed miserably and never need to see the light of day. So every once in a while (usually when I run out of primed panels and don't have time to prepare them and just want to paint) I pluck one from this sad pile and just paint over the old painting.
I always feel such relief when I can "rescue"one from the pile :)
Ok, photographing wet paint on canvas is harsh as you can see. I am happy to say this painting looks much better in person. I am enjoying painting on the larger panels but I will have to order more soon. This one is a bit different from my usual. As you can see I let a lot of the underlying sketch which is quite dark show in the painting. This gives a bold contrast, but please note, I never use the color black straight from a tube, way too harsh and nothing in nature is that dark. Please do not buy a tube of black paint, mix your own, it will be richer and not too dark. I mix cadmium orange with French ultramarine blue at varying strengths for brown all the way to my darkest darks :)
Expressive and lively were my thoughts when I tackled this painting. So much going on in these street scene and I didn't want to get bogged down in the details. I would like to continue working on cityscapes with this in mind.