Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Stop, Look, Listen

This towhee is perched in the tree to see what's going on!
I've been watching the leaves to see if they're changing colors yet and so far they're pretty green, maybe just beginning to turn. It feels like Fall, though, so I've added colors besides green to these vine maple leaves.
I began with acrylic inks, painted watercolor over that and finished with some inks. It's fun to pick some leaves to use as overlays to paint around for this kind of painting. I think towhees are very cool birds, always busy and in the evening they love to sing.
"Stop, Look, Listen" • Original mixed watermedia on 300# 100% cotton paper • 5" x 8"
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Friday, September 15, 2017

View at Indian Beach

I took a trip to the beach and got to paint!!!!! We went to Indian Beach which is a great beach with lots of rocks off shore including one rock with a hole in it! We were there in the morning as the clouds were lifting. It was breezy with just a nip in the air...perfect painting weather!!!! To avoid getting sand in everything, I found a place on a big rock and went to work trying to 'paint the beach!'
Well, painting the beach is a lot harder than it looks!!!! I had been reading the newest edition of Plein Air Magazine and enjoying all the perfectly placed brush strokes of the artwork there and was all hyped up to go! Luckily I decided to start with a sketch. I really didn't like the first one but was pleased with the second sketch where I moved the rocks a bit. Trying to sort out what the ocean was doing was challenging. Every time I'd get a look at a great pattern it moved!!!!! Anyway, I'm pleased with this. I made a few changes when I got home, mostly in the background rocks to send them backward a bit and I painted the sides by continuing the image. I really like all the movement in the ocean.
Thanks to my Mom for coming as company!
The painting is below.
"View at Indian Beach" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 12" x 12"
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Below is the painting as it was when I left the beach. It looks different because it is and the light was a bit different there. You can see my sketch off to the side as well as my value scale.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Late Summer Minuet

I've been painting a lot of sunflowers lately as large pieces. I thought I'd try a smaller one on this piece of handmade paper. I used watercolor and acrylic inks. This piece was fun to fit into the square format and create interesting shapes around the flower. I have photographed with the edges showing so you can see what they are like with the handmade paper.
"Late Summer Minuet" • Original mixed watermedia on handmade paper • 8.25" x 8.25"
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cormorants on the Rocks

My upcoming workshop is painting cormorants in mixed watermedia so I was practicing with this piece. Cormorants seem very focused and businesslike. When they fly, they don't seem to glide at all and it looks like work!!! In the summer the adults feed the youngsters on the rocks and if you're close enough to hear, there's a lot of noise! The youngsters are very impatient!!!
This is an interpretation of part of a day in the life of a cormorant. I think it would be very interesting to be comfortable perching on a rock in the ocean! Just think, no boat, just wings!
I used acrylic inks, some of which are iridescent and watercolor in this piece. The paper is St. Armand's handmade paper. Some of the texture is actually pressed into the paper.
"Cormorants on the Rocks" • Original mixed watermedia on handmade paper • 7.25" x 10.75"
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If you're interested in my upcoming workshop painting cormorants and ocean the flier is below.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Summertime Vista

I talked Mom into going with me up to Mt Hood so I could paint. We even managed to leave around 7 in the morning! I brought a big canvas! The air was clear but even up at Mt Hood it was warm. I was able to get a good start on this and brought it home to finish in my studio.
Thanks MOM for a lovely trip and for putting up with all the insects!!!!!!
"Summertime Vista" • Original acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 24" x 24"
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Walking Ahead of the Waves

I've been painting beach paintings lately in both watercolor and acrylic. This is my latest acrylic piece. It's a long rectangle which really suits the little birds walking and running along the beach. I've been really enjoying painting the ocean as it comes to shore and working the birds into that shore.
"Walking Fast Ahead of the Waves" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 12" x 36"
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blowing in the Wind

This is an oil painting I did a couple of months ago on unstretched canvas. I really love the bright juicy colors of oil and the gliding brush strokes.
I've put Gamvar over the painting, so it could probably be framed without glass.
"Blowing in the Wind" • Original oil on unstretched canvas 9" x 12" —image measured 7" x 9.25"
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