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.
Did you see the egret painting I did a couple days ago? Well I saw this guy nearby. He was quietly in search of lunch along the treeline. I really could have sat there longer watching the birds walking through the tall grasses and flying in and out. Good for the soul.
I guess this is the summer of rain for us. I lost track of how many inches we have had after 15 inches in 30 days. Between rain/storm showers we sneaked in a bicycle ride along the local trails. Every thing is so lush. I don't remember seeing so many wildflowers. I had to stop and take pictures when I saw egrets in the tall grasses. Did I mention the humidity was about 100%?
I used a new color on my palette today that really kicked my colors up a notch. Do you see it?
Every time I drive by this homestead I imagine having this awesome barn. It has a loft with huge swing open doors in one end, an incredible place for a studio. The evening sun was casting long shadows and the deep blues and greens complimented the warm reds of the barn and brick farmhouse.
I was just in Clearwater last week for my sister's wedding. My husband and I had lunch at Frenchy's and enjoyed some beach time. Of course I took many pictures with my phone to inspire future paintings.
I started out with a wash of transparent medium orange. Sketched in some details with a brush and layered in some paint like icing, nice and thick and juicy! Of course wet paint is a bit difficult to photograph so I may post another pic soon.
I am trying to "workout" my architectural painting skills. I don't do them often enough. I am finally getting to where I am not intimidated by them and actually starting to enjoy the process a little more.
From the same theater I painted a couple days ago. A lovely evening at the philharmonic. The dark colors are difficult to capture digitally. They are much richer and full of warm and cool tones. They are not flat black. I don't own a tube of black paint, if you do, throw it away. You will be much happier with your work if you do, trust me. Your paintings will be more harmonious and more relate-able to the viewer. I get my favorite dark tones mixing oranges with blues. Give it a try.
My daughter and I enjoyed an enjoyable evening at the philharmonic at Ft. Wayne's Embassy Theatre. I snapped some shots from the upper level and finally got a chance to work on a painting. I haven't painted this large in a while and this took me a few days to work out. I tried to keep it painterly yet readable with all the architectural details.
If you click on the picture you can see the details a bit better.
Summer is here. The kids are on school break. I set up two easels on my back screen porch. One for me and one for whichever one of the kids wants to join me. My goal is to paint at least a few hours a week this short break without cutting into family time. I figure I have a better chance of squeezing in more time if my painting area is more accessible. Yesterday I was joined by my six year old who did a great drawing of a race track. I completed this one from a recent trip to a nearby amusement part. This nostalgic park opened in 1926. It is no rival to the larger parks today, however, it is full of charm and offers a fairly good range of fun from thrilling to entertaining. I hope this park continues to improve and maintain what it has to offer.
I am happy with the simplified details and strong morning light. Of course I spent way too much time trying to get an image that best shows this painting, but I think it looks much better in real life. hmmm...wet paint and dark shadows are difficult to photograph.