Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A special project . . .

It's the hardest thing to put the first stroke of paint on a blank canvas.
I always start with such timidity but once that color changes from ground to atmosphere,
I'm headed in deep.

This is a special project for a friend who loves my expansive landscapes.
They have a gorgeous section of land not too far away from me and she wants a piece that she can hang high on the wall. That gives me permission to use big blocks of color and be more impressionistic in application. Not much detail. But that's the best part of impressionism and abstraction. Freeing.

One thing for sure.
Taking pictures along the way give you the perspective of backing away far enough to see how it's all coming together.
First photo after clouds were added.
I noticed how lopsided the composition was with the clouds too distracting.
Beautiful, but distracting.
I feathered them out and added balance in another cloud shape to the left.
Now to tone down the drive and the rise of the hill a bit.

Monday, July 11, 2016

It's that time of year . . .

Yep, time to stock up on pics of all of my daylilies so I can stay busy with painting and colored pencil work for the next 11 months. So here you go:
A gift from a friend, this one has no name. One day I will come across one like it so I can identify it.

Friday, July 1, 2016

America's Heart . . .

The land of the free and the home of the brave.
Independence Day 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lazy . . .

Tell the truth.
Is it lazy to spend a summer morning indoors deep in watercolor?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summer gauze . . .

I saw the word 'gauze' used to describe the early morning haze in their photograph this morning and it gave me pause.
That's exactly what summer days are - layered in gauze.
From early morning through the humid summer heat - all shrouded in gauze.
Yesterday I took up the brush and sprayed my palette and made the decision to use a different color than the typical cobalt or indigo for summer sky.
The sultry heated haze was pale yellow making the distant trees golden.
Even the greens are muted when clouded with heat shimmer.

Friday, June 10, 2016

These little gems give me pleasure . . .

A severe lack of words today coupled with a desire to post work.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June . . .

A new month - a renewed beginning.
I am finally organizing my work so I can post new work on my BigCartel shop site.
This is the hardest thing for an artist, I believe.
To take time every day to photograph and market their work.
How will the world ever see these sweet little works if I don't make time?
New month - new attitude.
It's all out there.