Sunday, September 29, 2013

El Matador

I'm once again visiting the beautiful state of California.
Fine friends and beautiful scenery.

Day one and I start my journey painting with great artist friends.
First stop is Leo Carrillo, a favorite and familiar painting spot. After the first morning painting was complete, we are then off to a new spot. It is an amazingly surreal place where giant rock formations long ago found their way to the beach. The warm light reflects off the backlight giant boulders standing firm in their homes.

El Matador stands beautifully in any light.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Color Burst

Nothing beats a dreary day better than a 
burst of color.

Fresh cut flowers on the dining room table, 
big yellow daisies and bright pink tulips.

Life is good.

Color Burst
A 6 x 6 Burst of Happy

Original Oil
$250 Framed

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Silver Lining

Well it's an old saying and it usually refers to clouds
although the clouds are not usually the issue.

This "Silver Lining" was near the end of a very long and dark Alaskan winter.
Just along a busy well traveled road,  just a moment of the turn of a head, 
that's where I saw this silver lining.  

After driving by this little creek so many times, remembering the little house 
where the grandmotherly lady once lived and babysat my youngest child,
on this day I had to stop and take some photos.  

Silver Linings is an attitude, a memory, and a reminder that
the light that shines in the distance often reaches out to us 
like an old friend.

"Silver Lining"
9x12 original oil
$595 Framed

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Maggie's Makin' Pie

Maggie's Makin' Pie

I could easily become an avid bird watcher, 
that is when I'm not painting them.  

This is the third blog post painting done on a slick gessoed panel.
Once again, I loved the ability to paint on and wipe off the oil pigments.
It allowed a very soft and abstract sense of light in the background 
and clarity and light in the foreground. 

Those beautiful magpies, so deep in color and contrast, brighten my day.
Maybe Maggie won't actually make a pie today 
but she certainly is adept enough to collect 
all the berries needed!

Maggie's Makin' Pie
8 x 10 oil on panel

$285 unframed

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chinese Shade Tree

Chinese Shade Tree

In keeping up with a rapid fire painting challenge (one per day)
I found myself back at one of my many favorite photographs 
from our recent trip on the Inside Passage.

This one however is still very much on land.  It was a visit to a wonderful Chinese Garden.
There is a photo below that inspired this painting.
There was another inspiration for this painting too.
It was experimentation.

A hardboard panel, some oil paint put on, some lifting with towels, adding more paint, and lifting with a rubber point. 

I decided that I like it :)
The lure of a water color looking background 
and the strong popping colors of oil.
Simple strokes and a couple of details,
enough said.

Chinese Shade Tree
5 x 7

These certainly fun pieces to create and share 
but I am feeling the need to get back to some larger 
paintings again.  Perhaps I'll be sharing some previously completed 
pieces while working on new ones.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Rockport Jewels

Rockport Jewels

Well, here it is, day two of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Challenge, 
and I am already a day behind.   I've decided to not be to hard
on myself and write and paint and share as my life recommends.

During this time, I hope to share some quick sketches that keep alive 
some of my recent travels and share them with you .

This wonderful day was shared with my sister-in-law while
I was visiting family in Massachusetts. 
(and you know I'm from there because I didn't even need spell check to say that correctly:)

She and I had just finished meeting up with painter Caleb Stone where we 
plein air painted at a quarry in Rockport.  The sun was hot, the water was deep there and the ocean was in the distant view.  
Perhaps that will be another days post.  
After painting, exploring, photographing, and eating lobster for lunch, 
she and I stopped at one more spot for some local seafood and a fabulous view.

These three sweet rowboats sat anchored by the dock within our tables view.
The warm wooden dories were bathed in the glow of the pre-setting sun.

Moments like these, I often feel how I would love to revisit but so many times when we try it isn't the same...
And there you have another reason why I paint.
I hope you enjoy the moment with me.

Rockport Jewels

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