Sunday, August 20, 2017

Different yet the same . . .

Same scene
Different medium
As I sit at my bench and look out the window, this is the scene I see 365 days a year.
The cool part is that it's always going to be slightly different day to day.
Here in the middle of August, the Big Bluestem is green next to the earth
but pale pink gold up above.
It's a hard color to reproduce and I'm always surprised
when I start playing with colors only to find that the colors that work are not
the colors my mind told me they were.
Here I pulled a pale salmon pink from my pastel pencils and overlaid it with grey.
Blend with a little off-white and it works well.
The greens give it just a little depth.
The hills in the distance are miles away and dusty lavender in the haze of August.
I haven't used pastel pencils for a long time and getting used to the
chalkiness is challenging as is the way they blend.
Still, same scene, different.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Holding loosely . . .

 It's funny how words and phrases come to you in bunches.
As if things are being revealed.
Slowing down and paying attention are what we need when this happens.
So it is with me.
Last week I posted on Facebook that I should take time, slow down, paint more loosely.
Of course, as soon as I said so, the reminder to 'hold on loosely' followed me everywhere.

My immediate object was to loosen my hand and try to get some depth to landscapes with shadowed clouds.
Instead of flattening the shapes,
I varied the intensity of color.

While there is no consistency yet,
these little studies are taking me
out of my comfort zone.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Commission work . . . updated

Sunshine Bottoms
Lynch, Nebraska

Overlooking the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska
looking north into South Dakota

oil on canvas
The client wanted a little more river, a little softer cloud shapes,
and dividing the fields with a few roads.
I do like the clouds and the fields and all turned out well.
Next - dry and varnish and it's off to its forever home!

Friday, May 12, 2017

And this . . .

This painting of the barn started life as a flat, lifeless painting.
I'm not sure yet if this is much of an improvement
but it is showing more life than before.
I used a palette knife to apply pure white paint to the roof
and ended up with a brightness that gives it a
reflected quality.
I like that.
May be more to play with but it's got a bit more action to it at least.
8x8 oil on canvas

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Painting No. 1 - Sunshine Bottoms, Lynch, Nebraska . . .

Project 1 of 2
oil on canvas
Sunshine Bottoms, Lynch, Nebraska
Overlooking the Missouri River into South Dakota

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The view I will never tire of . . .

I have painted this scene across the road from us a dozen or more times.
Each time, it will sell at the next art show. Go figure.
It's the view outside my shop window and it changes weekly.
This week the dried blonde distant field is slowly greening while the rusty Bluestem is remaining red. Last Spring this field was burned to clear out the weeds and it came back beautifully.
Waiting for the grass to lie down and the green grass to overtake it again.
I cannot get enough of this view.

 And time to start on a few flower watercolors - out of my element kind of.

I tend to stick with landscapes and buildings that allow me more looseness.

The flowers seem to tighten my hand and it will be good to make myself loosen up and let the water do the work.

Mums in a vase. Reference photo from the new Pottery Barn catalogue.

Below - iris stems. I'll try this one again in more iris colors. These are a little too rose-y.

Too critical?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fourteen Days of Hearts . . .

All of the rest of my pics for an Instagram challenge
Fourteen Days of Hearts
Just thought I'd share.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fourteen days of hearts . . .

Day 1
Day 2

Day 3
Instagram challenge! Fourteen Days of Hearts which is (obviously) posting a heart a day from 1 February until Valentine's Day. Praying that I can come up with fourteen hearts . . .

I started with an old photo of a brooch I created a few years ago. Gorgeous slab of Moctezuma Agate that I cut and polished and set in sterling silver. 

Day 2 is another photo I took of a thistle in our field last Spring. True, they are noxious weeds and they should be chopped but they are the prettiest color of pink and I can't resist taking lots of pictures. Until they get prickly and then they get chopped . . . :(

The heart in this one is in the center of the bloom. If you squint and imagine a heart, one will pop out at you as a darker heart in the center. Try.

Day 3. I painted a sweet watercolor of Bleeding Heart. I may do this one a few more times but I'm relatively pleased with how it turned out. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Daily inspiration . . .

I get inspiration from all places if I pay attention but one of my favorite places
is a daily post on Facebook by one of my friends, Katherine Endacott.

She posts a daily photo of her surroundings and calls it Good morning, Pleasant Dale.
Usually a photo of the fields around her home or of a drive into town, she uses her iPhone
as her instrument and takes the most beautiful shots
of whatever inspires her. 

Yesterday was such a day that she inspired me to paint this foggy, snowy, grey field
with a few cows sprinkled in for Nebraska-ish elements. 

I'll be doing this scene a number of times as it is stuck to me like glue.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cashing in on Christmas . . .

"Ed's Road"

You guys.
I got the best thing for Christmas.
Well, every Christmas.
I ask for a gift certificate to a locally-owned art shop and I always get what I ask for.
This year I took my $50 and bought the big set of Derwent watercolor pencils and I'm so excited!
That $50 put a only small dent in the cost but SO worth it!
So here you go.
New work.
New watercolor techniques.
Detail and wash.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ice.pocalypse 2017 . . .

Ice Storm : January 2017 

Sedum and frozen Bur Oak leaf