Back to the 6x6". I will definitely do some more 8x8's in the future. I really like the softness of the color and brushstrokes in this one. If you look at a large amount of my paintings I seem to have in general, one style but with two sub-styles if that makes any sense, ha. One being bold, sharp brush strokes and one being softer. I may be boring you with this, sorry if you are still reading my rambling, carry on :)
This will be my last 8x8 for a little while. I really enjoyed the "bigger" paintings. However, it is back to the 6x6" tomorrow. Here the cows were put out in the newly harvested corn field. I am not cow savvy, do they eat corn? They seemed pretty happy to be out there.
Today I tried to keep in mind that less is more. Keep it simple. In other words, put down as much as I can with as little as possible expressing it all with shape, tone and color. I have been painting for years and still have to remind myself of this little tidbit.
I am really enjoying these 8x8 sized paintings. You wouldn't think so, but they are so much bigger than the 6x6 I normally paint on. Anyway, this clear, crisp day up on a ridge was a lot of fun to paint. You could just feel in the air that Autumn is right around the corner. Of course, today is a different story. Very warm and humid, kind of like a rain forest. Like "they" say in so many places, "if you don't like the weather, stick around it will change".
Another larger painting for me. That's two in the last week, I am on a roll! I had to do a double-take when I saw these guys on an Indiana farm. When I think longhorns I think Texas. Sure enough there are longhorns in my area. Of course I stayed on my side of the fence this time!
These colorful, quaint little cottages are almost extinct. Most have given way to the high rise. Lot more money to be made that way. These 50's reminiscent structures take you back in time. Here the sun was setting on the palm tree lined strip behind the cottages. You almost had to squint to see them. However their silhouette of "muted" color was awesome.
I love taking pictures of cows and sheep. They are so curious. Painting them on the other hand is a handful. They wont to get into everything. Best to have a fence between you. As tasty as art supplies look they are not healthy to eat.
My older kids have helped out with volunteer work with their youth group for a few years now. They travel to West Virginia in the Spring and always come home with great stories and pictures. Kind of like home, the weather would change drastically within a few hours. Here the cold, misty morning was breaking into warm sunshine. Thanks for the great pics guys!
This was a lot of fun. I am pleased that I can "feel" the atmosphere in this painting. The sky was so amazing on this unusually cool evening in August. There is nothing like cruising down country roads in a convertible. The perspective is so different. If you ever get a chance to take it!
A larger painting than my typical 6x6. Anytime we are on a road trip I am clicking away. I have thousands of images taken on these little excursions. Some will get painted many wont. Just the other day I was sitting in line at a Walgreen's pharmacy and took a few pics. You never know when inspiration will catch your eye.
Monday in the Studio: I wanted to do some exercises in simplifying very detailed landscapes. I snapped this amazing sunset (of course which sunset is ever not amazing even over a parking lot) and knew I would want to paint this soon. My goal was to capture the essence and subtleties in the dappled sky. I am enjoying picking up the paint brushes after a long break. A little rusty so bear with me. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello! I am so excited to be back in the studio. Looking forward to a busy year. The soybean fields look beautiful and lush in August. I am a bit rusty on the technical side of posting so I wanted to show an inside and outside photo of this new painting in that order from top to below. I missed being here and I look forward to hearing from you! Have a good one!