Another rendition of my original "Holy Family" painting I did years ago. They are still individually painted making them vary in brushstroke, color and such, yet they are originally made with love and devotion to this time of year.
oh dear, I sat here and wrote a post about the Christmas season and all the hustle and bustle and trying not to stress during such an important time that has much more to do with such things and poof, it didn't save. Hah, well I am out of time so I guess this will have to do. I know you are busy too! Try to take time for the little things for they become the big things that make the best memories.
Hey, I have something new here! At the top right of my blog you will find "Gallery View". This will allow you to see many little "thumbnails" of my paintings at once in a gallery view. Enjoy!
I am not a jump out of bed morning person, do those exist by the way? However, when that alarm clock goes off well be the sun does, I have to get up. Once I have a few sips of coffee and not a moment before (even the dog respects this :) I am starting to function. Despite that, I love early morning. I love the quiet, the light, the peacefulness. I very rarely sleep in, but if I do, I feel like I missed something from my day. If you are still reading, haha, I tried to capture a bit of that feeling in this painting. Peace!
Gray winter skies hang low over the snowy landscape. Time to switch gears from summer and fall. All those neutral colors and many shades of gray. Makes very good exercise in really looking at color and value. Especially with snow and its amazing reflective qualities.
I am so glad I got a pic of this deer. I couldn't wait to paint it. While driving through the countryside I pulled in to a lane to turn around. As I was backing up 5 doe crossed the lane and darted into the woods. The last girl stopped in the sunlight to see what I was doing. Just enough time to get a few pics. So awesome!!
This little oil sketch is a "snapshot" of an any day occurrence. Those little parts of our busy day that go unnoticed to most. Unless you are a romanticist at heart. They go through life noticing the "beauty" in odd places and if they aren't careful, just about walk or drive off course while admiring it.
I painted this from a window looking out into the woods. Too cold for me to be outside. Hey, I am getting old. Today's high was 34 F and snow flurries. This study took a lot of squinting to see all that muted autumn color among many trees. If you step back a few feet from this painting, all those dabs of color seem to come to life.
Some of you may have seen this image floating around out there somewhere. I painted a similar one years ago and have had more requests than I can count of using an image or purchasing the original. Once I create a painting, I move on and really don't have the desire to paint it again. This one is the exception. The Christmas season is fast approaching and I will most likely be too busy to paint many of these. Right now I have two, dry and sitting on my desk. They are not reproductions, they are still original oil paintings and as you can see if you look back at a couple others that I have posted over the years they are similar but still vary in brushstroke and color. I really cannot describe the feelings I had when I first did a painting of the Holy Family. I was drawn to do it and glad I did. I am very ready to embrace this wonderful time of year.
This young girl bathed in the setting sun is full of mystery. What is she doing, where is she going, who is she. I love when a painting draws me in and invites me to ponder the story. Some paintings are choreographed from beginning to end but some bring on a life of their own and ask more questions than they answer. Hope that makes sense, if not carry on, it's just me pondering...
Now this is a subject I have not painted much. This is a natural spring that flows from a cave in Southern Indiana. Moving water is a challenge, I always admire such paintings. I really tried to capture the feel of the moment without getting to lost in detail, yet say enough so that the painting reads well. I really had to resist tweaking and dabbing and just step back and put my brush down. Hope this one works.
Ah, the hustle and bustle of Christmas in the city. This piece was so much fun. A study of shapes: positive and negative, brushstrokes, color and reflections. The paint was still wet when I took this so the dark areas are much darker and richer in the actual painting. Please note this is a bigger painting than my usual posts.
Sometimes I take for granted the beautiful fall foliage. Probably because I am very fortunate to live among it's beauty and drive by it everyday. However, I mustn't take it for granted because the cold, gray winds of winter are around the corner. Check out the changes of the season in your area.
A change of pace for me. I don't do portraits very often. This was fun. This young girl is full of life and sparkle! Very sweet. This little study is for sale because it is represents no one girl in particular but girls in general.
Remember this painting? I pulled a few out of the archives and decided to breathe some new life in this one. I will give you a hint, it has something to do with an addition of birds. I have to say it is one of my favorites. However, I will have to let it go as part of my 2006-2008 sales price of $80 That includes shipping! Whew, that is more than 1/4 off :)
What artist could resist a child picking apples in an orchard? A timeless scene that I could not wait to paint. This one was good exercise for me too. I love painting figures but I realized I don't do it enough. Thanks for stopping by!
The sunset over the soybean fields was breathtaking. The clouds were so unique. They were dark yet light very swirly hmm...not very scientific haha. This picture doesn't do the color justice but this will have to do.
On a recent trip to a you pick pumpkin patch the children were told to pick their very own pumpkin. Along with instructions to pick one that you could wrap both arms around in a hug. Not too big, not too heavy because it was yours to carry the rest of the time at the pumpkin patch. The kids were fun to watch as they meticulously picked the best one. Some found theirs right away, some searched and searched. Of course there were a couple that picked one a bit too big but insisted that they could manage. So fun to watch how proud they each were with their special pumpkin.