Hey, something a little different from my landscapes. I really had fun changing it up. You never know when you will find inspiration. The other day we had an easy dinner, breakfast. I made cinnamon, raisin french toast, eggs, hash browns and sausage. While I was preparing everything, I thought I should take a few pics of the kitchen aftermath. I know, I would have preferred to set up my gear and paint it right there, live, but I couldn't leave everything out all night till the next afternoon, when I had time to paint, ew. I am an artist, but I am also the mom of 4, the mom in me just couldn't do it :)
I love the amazing colors on the inside of the empty egg shells, wowza!
I enjoy the challenge of painting a corn field without being trite. The other day I posted an attempt or study of cornfields that I removed from my blog. No matter how many times I looked at it, I did not care for it. It did not express a cornfield in a lively, interesting way. So I tried again, I am pleased with todays post. In most cases less is more. I like the simple lines and variations that lead your eye through the painting. I would like to try to paint more cornfields soon.
Southwest Landscape Study
6" square oil primed masonite
I love the silvery greens against the warm tones in the western landscape. This painting was another exercise of thick and thin layers. I focused more on the colors and overall shapes rather than a lot of fussy detail.
Many times on this blog, I have mentioned the occasional surfacing of painter's block. Fortunately, today's post is not from one of those times. Once in a while, I get to experience the joy of creative flow. When my brain and hand seem to be in sync with my heart.
6"x6" oil on primed masonite artboard
A typical farmhouse in rural Indiana on a warm late summer day. However, when the warm sun hits the landscape there is nothing typical about the beauty in the colors this time of year. I could stand out here and paint all day, just turning my easel a few degrees as I start a fresh canvas. Scratch that, the baby's awake from his nap, back to reality, until the next chance :D
I never tire of painting clouds. Living in the midwest, our views are wide open, so you can see clouds for what seems forever. A plain blue sky is almost boring compared to a cloudy one. They give you a measurement of the sky's vastness.
study of thick and thin
6"x8" canvas panel
I really enjoyed the journey of this painting. Working with thin washes and then building up to thicker layers. This process worked well with this dry, scrubby, field of soybeans, ready for harvest and the thicker highlights on the grain and sky. My goal in most paintings is to simplify the details to capture the overall feeling that inspired me to paint the scene in the first place. So many times it is too easy to forget this and get too detailed or overwork a piece.
My son took some great photos of the beautiful landscape on our way to the lake for a camp weekend this summer. I figured they would be a great springboard for my painting this fall and winter.
We had such a good HOT summer for camping, canoeing, hiking, swimming. One of those hot summers I seem to remember having when I was a kid. I think we went through more popcycles and ice cream than your typical summer.
I can't believe how long it has been since I have painted. I miss it so much.
My older kids are back to school. My toddler is now three. I think it is more challenging to make time for the studio. However, I will try my best to find my rhythm again. I look forward to painting, posting and hearing from so many of you again.
To jump start my studio time, I am posting one of my favorites from last fall.
Have a Great Weekend!
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Not one of my usual, but boy was it fun. In order to avoid the "artist block" I decided to have some fun and approach this painting with a less is more attitude and one large-ish brush. I didn't worry about the outcome, just let the passion for painting lead the way. Most times I try to keep this equation in my daily painting but sometimes it is easier said than done.
Today, I spent more time trying to figure out what to paint than the time it finally took me to paint this. I felt like I was on a tightrope balancing over the dreaded artist block. I am now exhausted mentally (I am always tired physically, I have 3 teens and a toddler). I hope the "block" doesn't strike again tomorrow, blech!
Since I began this blog in 2006, I have always struggled with photographing my paintings to achieve their truest likeness for online viewing. Over the years I have had some comments from patrons that they are pleased and find the painting to look even better in person. I know monitors and screens vary slightly from one to the next, but I am working on the lighting in order to get my photos clearer and not so dim.
I have made improvements on many images in my existing posts. If you have read this far, thank you, and please feel free to have a "Better Look" at my gallery of artwork. There are different options for viewing located at the right.
There are still quite a few older paintings that could have better photo representation that I have not worked on yet, but will soon.
Please note the larger size on today's painting. I went to my studio and reached for my stack of 6x6" panels and had none prepared. I would have to prep some boards or grab what I had available so that I could paint today. Whoops!
This wet on wet painting has such a unique look. Sometimes it works better than others though. When working this way the paint seems to do its own thing, kind of like watercolors. I love seeing what results.
Sunsets on the East coast of the U.S. are so different from the glorious sunsets on the Pacific. The Atlantic side has the sunrise on the ocean which is beautiful. The sunset on the Atlantic is a shorter moment since the sun is drifting further away from the ocean. You can catch a glimpse of the sunset in the clouds and the long shadows on the beach. I know this is obvious information, and I sound quite random :D but it is an interesting thought when you are painting the fading light of a sunset in this moment.
The countryside is so beautiful in the spring. The delicate greens sparkle in the pastures. I am pleased with the atmosphere in the sky and fields of this painting. You can see in most of my paintings the more simplified,broad brushwork, but sometimes scenes like these just demand a bit of delicacy in the brushwork to convey what first attracted me to the landscape.
"Another Safe Shift"
At 5:30 the lifeguards up and down the beach blow their whistle 3 times to signal the end of their watch. They climb down and drag the chair away from the tide and call it a day. The sun was setting on another safe day at the beach. This painting has an abstract feel with the lines created by the buildings and their shadows and the vehicles tire marks in the sand. I really enjoyed and had fun with this one!
I set up a spot on the beach today and painted what I saw. There is always a breeze on the beach, but I was able to keep everything from blowing away and really enjoyed sitting in the sand and painting.
The photo of this painting may look a bit odd. I honestly didn't have much time or patience to play around and get it just right. The actual painting is a soft impression of some lovely spring flowers, however the lighting was a bit harsh and created a lot of shadows and may have washed out some of the subtleties. I had fun playing around with this one. Sometimes you need to do just that.
"Iris in a different Light"
6"x6" oil on artist panel
This painting look familiar? Yes, it is very similar to yesterday's painting posted. When I completed it, I really wanted to see those irises with a warmer background. Unfortunately, I finished this painting after dark so I will have to re-photograph it in the daylight tomorrow, hope it's not cloudy.
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"Balloons to Heaven"
6"x6" primed panel
Many years ago, when my oldest son was quite young, we were leaving the zoo and he let go of his balloon. Of course there were quite a few tears. I tried to comfort him by telling him that his balloon probably floated all the way to heaven for someone to have. It was a nice thought and seemed to make him feel a little better.
6"x6" oil on primed masonite artboard
Hah! Interesting note (at least interesting to me :) Are the clouds the white or the blue? I didn't notices this quandry till I posted this painting. The skies were actually a white overcast with the darker clouds rolling through, but now that I look at it, the reverse could work as well. Interesting...
"Need a Little Green"
6" squared oil on primed masonite artboard
As the title suggests, after a very wintery winter, many of us are longing for that lush green of summer. I tried to express the many shades of green in this peaceful landscape.
"Squeals of Delight"
6"x6" oil on primed masonite
One of my favorite things, children splashing in the surf. I am happy with the soft "pastelness" of this painting. Very fitting for the sweetness of child's play.
"Yellow Tulips in the Park"
6"x6" oil on primed masonite artboard
We have many lovely parks in the city. This is in Foster Park which offers golf, trails, tennis and beautiful gardens surrounded by woods and a river. I always look forward to seeing the many spring bulbs and lilac bushes. It is also a beautiful backdrop for senior pictures and weddings.