Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Day 14.5 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 14.5 : Fence Line

I'll admit it - I'm a couple of days behind.
It's been a long week full of all kinds of things except the things I want to do.

This painting is one I'll likely do a few more times.
I like the clouds and I'm okay with the fence line and the hazy distant hills.
But I can't seem to get the foreground to look like a grassy field.
I keep getting soft green feathers instead.
Keep working it.

Details : Oil on canvas

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Day 14 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 14 : Just a beginning
Since I took yesterday and the evening before to prep more canvases,
last night I began another painting.
Not finished but about halfway.

More to come.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Day 13.5 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 13.5
Sometimes you've just gotta stop and regroup.
Today I hit reset and applied ground to 14 canvases.
Now I can resume my 30 Day Oil a Day Challenge and continue uninterrupted.
For 14 more days.

But I did lay out the next one to begin today.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Day 13 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 13 : July and Daylilies
Yes, I'm off a day or two.
But I broke my palette knife yesterday and it was hot and I went to a ball game.
Or something like that.
Ah, yes. Today.
This is taken from photo I took last summer of our barn that I have lined with orange daylilies all across the south side.
They were just lush.
Against the corrugated steel siding, the orange glowed.
Don't quite have the steel color right or the treeline but I've learned this:
there's no shame in painting the same subject over and over.
I'll be doing this one again and comparing my growth.

Details : Oil on canvas

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Day 12 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 12 : Almost
I'm a day behind thanks to this.
Okay, so maybe that's just an excuse but when the knife broke,
in the middle of a painting,
I thought it best to hang it up for a day.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Day 11 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 11 : Buffalo Gap Grassland

Taken from a photo I took on our trip through the Nebraska Panhandle last summer.
This is the road north through the Buffalo Gap Grassland leading into the Black Hills in southwest South Dakota.
For a wide open spaces prairie lover like me, this is heaven.
Breathtaking at every turn. Cannot wait to go back and see what we missed.
But the backroads really are what intrigue me.
Ranches far from the super-highways, malls, and grocery stores, noise, lights.
Those homes that are far from the every day life do exist.

Regarding the painting, I'm still not confident in my approach to trees 
and those horizons with anything on them.
I don't want them to be hard lined but haven't quite got the technique for softening 
when I am painting alla prima.
Still working.

Details : Oil on canvas

Monday, June 15, 2015

Day 10 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 10 : Two Farms
Maybe I should title this "Farm vs Farm"
Another expansive, vapor of a sky with grassland far and near.
One the left is the traditional farm with two silos, barn and outbuildings.
On the right are three windmill power generators.
(In need of a little more definition.)
The war will continue for some time over the land and the wind.

Details : Oil on canvas
6" x 6"