Hey! I'm back, I know, it has been so long since I have posted a painting. All is fine here. Just getting through this cold and snowy winter. I have not been able to paint. I would try and it just didn't flow. I tried painting through it, but my heart just wasn't there. So, I took a break. It is kind of funny to see what happens after not painting for a while. It kind of looks like someone hijacked my blog because this painting is a bit different for me. It is all a process and blogging is such a cool way to record an artist's journey. I hope to get back on a roll, I miss blogging and I miss the interaction with so many great people out there in the blogoshere.
"Driving the Sunny Boulevard"
6" squared oil on gesso artboard
Quick Barn Study. 6" squared oil on gesso board.
The new year is off and running. The older I get the more I appreciate trying to live in the moment and not rush through things too much, to embrace today, even if it is full of the mundane. Tomorrow will be here soon enough. Things have been hectic and I have not painted much. It has made me frustrated that I haven't been painting daily, but I will find a balance soon. I hope the new year is finding you well. Cheers!
"Fox Island in January" I painted this alla prima (all at once) which is a good exercise in laying each brush stroke down lightly and moving on. If you don't do this the paint tends to get muddy.
This park has so much to offer. Hiking, swimming, picnics in summer and a great place for cross country skiing in the winter. Here is an open grassy area that you are sure to see deer on occasion.
"Winter Corn Field Study" 6"squared. oil on primed artboard.
As you can see this painting was done in the same general area and same time of day as yesterday's painting. Even though it was another overcast winters day, there were some great things going on. The atmosphere made the colors so soft and subtle. I am really pleased with how the sky turned out. It was a challenge, to capture the colors of the overcast clouds. They were soft and blended right into the blue in areas.
"Frosty Landscape" 6" square - oil on gesso board. The blue sky peeking through the winter overcast was a welcome sight. So beautiful over the snow covered fields. Oh, it felt so good to paint today. It has been a while.
Happy New Year! 2011 - A fresh start to Live, Love and Laugh often