Saturday, July 30, 2011


This little painting, 6" x 6", was done at Helen Putnam Park looking west.  It took some work to make the road a road.  It kept wanting to be a river! I love the warm tones, the gentleness of the landscape. One thinks one is looking at a field of dry grass, but one is actually experiencing the colors of the rainbow, rolling across the hills.

Many weeks I do the DailyPaintworks Challenge. It is different every week and there is always something to learn and it is always fun to do. Challenging but fun. This was my second try for this week's challenge. It was a limited time and color palette and one had to stand from one to 6 feet from the subject, which was nature. Way too many rules to keep track of, but my flowers are finally improving. They lacked depth and now they at least have some. Striving........

I am still doing the little 6 inch studies when we paint. This is of a yellow Victorian that just called to me.  The mystery of the door, the triangles on the facade, lovely foliage. What else does one need?
Sandra, my instructor, helped lots on this study, demonstrating how a painting changes and speaks to you as you move through it.  After this, I did the same subject on an 8  x 8 and found just the two inches made my composition need some changes and most areas were just more complex. I am still working on resolving those issues.

Beginning of August we travelled up to the northeast corner of California and one of the days we drove over to Goose Lake.  This barn just rose out of the landscape. To me, it was quite majestic. I loved painting it.  Once again, look at the texture and colors in the foreground. So many grasses, so many feelings evoked. Color rules.


  1. Anonymous5:47 PM

    Helen; terrific works of art!
    Helen Putnman Park- magnificient tree and great "creek"(just can't figure out the road!!:(
    SunFlowers-really good depth on the sun flowers..ready for a picking; ;however, the background is not my cup-o-tea.
    Victorian house - just wonderful!!!Great depth, good feeling, nice selection of colors. This one REALLY "speaks" to me.
    Goose Lake - LOVELY sky...your best.I can feel the calmness of the wind, gently blowing. Nicely done. Your FL art critic, Richard M

  2. Thank you so much for looking and commenting. It keeps the flow going!