The October sunsets have been so crisp and clear. I had to stop my car and take some pictures last night while driving home.
I have noticed my laptop monitor does not do some of my paintings justice. The colors are faded. My smartphone images are much truer to the original paintings. Ugh. I will have to check the settings on my monitor. Please keep this in mind when you are looking at digital images. They may vary from one to the next.
My daughter and I were on our way to the movies and as I pulled up to an intersection I noticed the sun on the clouds. I handed my phone to her without saying a word. She proceeded to snap pics for me the whole way there. You could say this happens often, even my 8 year old knows this protocol :D It's a family effort. Thanks kids!
So nice to paint on a larger scale. The low light at sunset made the shapes of the landscape big and somewhat flat. I used broad brushstrokes and tried to move quickly and precisely in order to keep it simple and bold.
I am accepting offers on this one so just drop me a message. Don't be shy. This standard size makes for easy framing. Most frames on the shelf could work if you remove the glass and pop this 1/4" thick panel into the back.
Sometimes a painting can really show the joy that went into creating them. The brushstrokes seem to dance throughout the painting in delight. My studio windows are open to let the crisp fall air in and I am playing some French Cafe music on Pandora. A good day for painting.
What a great day in early Fall. The air is crisp and cool. The sun is sparkling as it filters through the trees. I have to say I am a little ahem a lot excited about this navy blue color! Of course it is mixed and not from a tube thank you very much ;) The blue looks especially fabulous next to the faded green grasses.
I have a small ok rather large pile of misfit paintings that I go through every once in a while to either paint over or possibly salvage. I like the figure looking off into the distance so I decided to give it another chance.
I came across this corner the first week in September and even though the days have been warm the nights are getting cooler. With summer still on my mind I was surprised by the signs of fall. The blooming sedum and mums and the first dry leaves on the ground.
The glow of the early evening sun filtering through the trees at one of my favorite places. I am considering going back into this painting with just a few thick and juicy strokes. I will keep it in view so I can ponder that thought. My favorite thing in this painting is the thin ray of light outlining the one side of tree in the middleground.
Sometimes when nothing seems to go right in the studio I come down to two choices. Either paint through it or put the brush down and walk away. Last week I had a lot on my plate and must have brought it with me to the easel. Because nothing seemed to flow. I guess I tried both choices. Three scraped paintings later I cleaned up and shut the studio door behind me.
After a few days and a few paintings later I picked up the 3 panels and decided one may be salvageable. The other two will be painted over. Today's painting had some features that I liked. The muted tones and the brushstrokes were not overworked yet. So this is what I came up with. It is fresh, clean and has a nice mood to it. I have quite a little pile of misfits that I leaf through and every once in a while I can save one, but most of these do get painted over.