Sunday, February 28, 2021

Spring Crocus


 I've been pondering what to paint next. It appears I've gone into a seasonal lull - this happens when I've been painting landscapes of 1 season (winter) and I'm about to switch gears. I no longer want to paint snow - the thing is, I'm not sure what I want to paint next!

While I wait for the inspiration of what moves me next I thought I'd usher in a small sign of spring. I'm sure I'm not the only person looking (hoping to see) the signs of spring starting. This is a small, quick painting - on an 4x12 stretched canvas - so it stands perfectly on a shelf. Just a little reminder of the season to come.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Sunset Creek

 



I gave this a very simple name, "Sunset Creek" - it was actually "Untitled" but I felt it needed a true name. Needless to say, I am not quite done with winter. And looking out the window, it seems Winter is not quite done with us!

This painting is 12x24, and I feel it looks much better in person. I thought of adding a shrub on the right side of the creek - to maybe create better balance. But no matter how much I played on the computer with a copy of the painting, I could not make it work. For now, I think I'll leave it be.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

On the Trail


This painting gave me quite a challenge -- and on more than 1 occasion, I pondered throwing in the scrap pile! 

Most paintings go through an "ugly stage" where things look awful & an artist wonders if they should even bother. It can be quite discouraging. But - we push ourselves through that phase & work the painting further until we can get to a "happy place" with it.

This painting, however, stayed in it's ugly stage much longer than usual for me. And I found myself truly doubting if it was worth it.  

Here are a few of it's "stages" - starting with the sky & basic lines & shapes. After adding the snow on the large pine I thought this painting was a loss. But I mustered some courage, grabbed a brush & started blotting in the shadows & lights on the left hand side snow bank. It was then that I thought I might be able to save it. But then I got to the cast shadows across the trail. Yikes! Your natural tendency is to angle them with the curves of the road. But shadows are cast from the sun hitting the objects and the shape of the road should not alter the angles of the shadows. A lot of re-do's on this portion to get to the final painting. And I used a clear see-through ruler to help keep my strokes straight - couldn't trust the eyes or the mind on this one! (and I still see spots I could tweak further)!








Saturday, January 30, 2021

Early Freeze

 


Even though we are late January, I wanted to capture the early winter season. When winter starts when fall isn't quite done. When the early cold snap catches the trees, the leaves, and the stream off guard and gives things a quick coat of snow. And when the stream skims over with ice. 

I'm having fun this year with painting winter. I was told by other artists that winter paintings do not sell - that people don't want to be reminded of the cold. But I find this year to be different as 3 of my past winter paintings have sold! 


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