I love painting chickens. They are always on the move so remember not to let your brain do the painting from memory, just sketch the shapes you see. It works much better. I think I may re-work the coop in this painting, if so I will repost.
First day of school and I am back in the studio!! Feels so good to be painting. I was in such a rush that I forgot to put my smock/apron on and got french ultramarine all over my shirt and shorts, oops!
Earlier this summer we enjoyed a lovely evening of wine tasting at a friend's farm. It was simple yet elegant. I snapped pictures from the car on the way there. Months later I am finally painting from that inspring countryside.
I was feeling a little rusty after not painting for too long. However I am so excited to be back at the easel.
I know I have said this before, but after painting on the little 6 inch squared I can't get over how much bigger these 8 inch squared paintings look in comparison. I guess if you think about it a 6x6 is 36 square inches of surface area while an 8x8 is 64 square inches, so that is a considerable difference. whoa, that is about as far into math I am going to tread, haha.
I snapped this shot on a hot summer day last week. We were on our way to a swimmin' hole to cool down. I wanted to keep the feeling of the motion from cruising down the back roads in a convertible of course. So I painted this alla prima (all at once) with lively brushstrokes and bold colors of a sunny summer day.
Here we are 3 years later and I find myself varushing a few paintings. A few in this picture are still available including the "Summer Driving"
How is your July going? I am wishing things would slow down. Although I do look forward to painting again in August.
The clouds today gave this painting such a whimsical feel. The utility poles seem to dance and sway. Funny how paintings take on a life of their own.
One of my favorites from 2015. A much more productive year than 2018 artistically that it! Hi friends! For those of you that have been asking, Yes, I am still alive :D
So sorry I have been awol for so long. Thank you so much for asking. I have been so busy with other avenues in my life, all good, just sad that my art seemed to fall to the wayside for a bit. I miss painting and I am sure when my kids are back in school I will be back at it.
Enjoy these summer days, I will try to keep in touch more often
I divided and attempted to conquer a busy, detailed scene by simplifying and blocking in the bigger shapes. Something about these scenes cut down to the bare bones is very relaxing and harmonious.
I love the month of May. We have 2 Birthdays in the family and it's the last month of school. However it is our busiest month as well. If we can get through this filled calendar we can welcome slower days of Summer. I have set up an easel in the corner of our screened porch and look forward to more painting. So check back throughout this summer to see some new little paintings.
Yes, a new painting fresh off the easel! I know it has been a while.
Does it count to say this is plein air if you paint something outside your studio window? I even went for a brisk walk afterwards and I do mean brisk, brr.
This painting had so much emotion for me. I truly enjoyed the journey from start to finish. An expressive interpretation of a dramatic dance between seasons. I wanted to paint quickly as the wind blowing the clouds, to keep it fresh and brisk.
Now this burst of creativity after such a long spell will be either invigorating or draining for the rest of my time in the studio today :D