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.
Another very sandy beach painting. I remember years ago how the sand on the beach would drive me nuts. Sand everywhere including in your paint I got used to it and now I don't even think about it. The warm weather has been good for the soul. Feeling refreshed and excited to paint on!
That is right, I am giving this painting away to celebrate and thanking 1000+ followers on Instagram. If you follow my page on Instagram under heidimalottart your name may be drawn to win. It is not too late to sign up. However I will be drawing a name this Thursday morning.
Cosmos, what a cool name for a flower. They are actually in the sunflower family. (see my post from yesterday)
Having Spring fever, these were a treat to paint. Cosmos were the first flower I ever started from seed. I got them from a lovely neighbor back when I was going to college. They are so dainty looking yet very hardy. The great thing is they re-seed themselves and come back every year in abundance.
I miss having Cosmos, I will have to find a good spot for some this year.
So busy painting away in the studio. I will post pics soon but for now I am throwing in some paintings from a while back. This is from 7 years ago, wow! Talk about dusting off the archives. This couple was so cute.
Such a mild winter. We are already starting to see some green pop. Hopefully we wont have any hard freezes that could harm the buds. I think the brisk weather and the fact that I haven't painted outside in a while made this painting quite "brisk". Looking forward to getting out again soon, but not today with the 60mph winds.
This morning I was putting some dry paintings into storage. Of course I was supposed to be painting but I was feeling rusty and decided to stall. Besides my studio is a mess and I needed to make room so I could focus. Anyway, I came across this little guy that I did at the start of the new year but never posted. So, here it is. By the way I did actually start painting eventually. I will post those later this week.