Another little painting from a canoe date with my groom of 24+ years. I remember having some of our first dates here. The beach, hiking, picnics. Then years later taking our kids here camping and canoeing these same channels. Wow, how time flies.
I am happy with the crispness of this one. To achieve this I painted wet in wet with thick paint, moving quickly and trying to not overwork it.
It is fall festival time. Some of my favorites include good food, blue grass music, antiques, crafts, tractors and more. This painting is where the boy scouts were making kettle corn. The dads were stirring the corn in big kettles. A fun sight to see and yummy.
The Autumn sky felt so big as cold winds blew above the dry golden fields. You couldn't help but notice that the lines of the clouds in the sky seemed to emulate the lines of the freshly harvested land. and yes, it is time to pull out the woolies :)
My groom took last Friday off work and we went on a little adventure. We went to Chain O Lakes state park and went hiking and then canoeing. Such a perfectly beautiful fall day. The channels between the lakes were crystal clear and the leaves were falling. I took at least a hundred pictures on the lakes, I couldn't resist. We then went for lunch at one of our favorite al fresco restaurants on the St. Mary's River. This canoe-level view was inspiration for today's painting.
A cool breezy morning. Painting on location is so crucial to my indoor studio painting. I hope to get out as much as I can before the weather turns. I am a wimp when it is cold or cold and rainy or snowy. I broke my hand and fingers when I was a teenager and my hand doesn't move well in long periods of cold. Anyway, this session was a blast!
My son and I drive by these fields on the way to school every morning. I have been mentioning to him to watch how quickly the fields are changing color in the Fall. Also how differently they look in the early morning on sunny days, cloudy days, rainy days or even foggy days. Some days he will snap pictures for me with my phone. This painting is from a picture he took this morning. Thanks Buddy!
I tried K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sweetie, yes, "stupid" is normally used, but hey I gotta stay positive, this painting gig is not for the wimpy) I tried again to remember to not get caught up in the details but focus on the moment. I used one brush, a largish one and tried to stay bold and lay each brush stroke in once and leave it be. I succeeded and failed on that, but will keep working at it.
The pleasant weather seemed to make the cows happy. I enjoyed the combination of warm and cool color. As you can see the cool Autumn air is bringing change to the landscape.
I have decided to start working on some larger paintings. Yep, I admit it makes me a little nervous so I will continue to paint smaller ones during part of my day. I am excited about one I am working on now and will post pieces of it along the way. I am afraid of ruining it so I am trying not to rush while still keeping it fresh which is much easier said than done. My brain hurts so I am going to call it a day :)
The way the cows were gathered on the ridge made a lovely form. I tried to convey the shapes rather than individual cows. The planes of their bodies reflect warm and cool colors. I know this sounds strange but their forms made me think of beautiful, black walnut furniture perhaps on the lawn of a tag sale... like I said weird! However, it is true that when you tackle drawing or painting you must truly observe form and light. Don't necessarily think cow when you paint a cow or you may get caught up in preconceived thoughts of a cow and draw from your memory or "mind's eye" rather than what is really in front of you.
A beautiful day on the farm. Today I focused on varying brushwork. Also keeping in mind the hues in the foreground and background in order to give the sense of depth. I like the how violet in the sky and how it complements the yellows and greens.
The fields are changing color. They are so beautiful. This is on the way to one of our favorite swimming holes on Labor Day. We still have some good warm days ahead. The landscape will change quickly. I hope to get in as much painting as I can during this transition into Fall.
I am happy with my attempt to capture the Corn field on the right. I have painted corn fields for years and it can be a struggle to convey them in a simplified yet readable manner. as my kids say "the struggle is real mom" haha.