Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Yesterday I had time to paint in the afternoon and so I finally painted the barn up by Boomtown on Hwy. 80 in a horizontal format which  really places the barn in the landscape. What's more fun, the big white barn or the two little red sheds?

In learning about taking a subject further and further, going in really close is lots of fun and hold lots of information.  This close up is almost abstract and is certainly a study of shape, shape, and shape.
 Can I go closer? What color is white? Was this the most interesting part of the barn on which to concentrate?

Back out to Seavy Lane. My friend has several old barns on her ranch. I loved this shot as they really play with each other. Once again, shapes. After photographing this and posting it, I can see some more work I want to do on it.  A work in progress.

Wishing you all a very happy new year full of peace and light.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Study, study

The last couple of days, I have taken the time to do little studies, getting to know a subject better. This barn is up at Boomtown, Nevada.  Travelling west, it is just past Boomtown. It  was ready to snow when we were there and bitterly cold. I took my pictures quickly.

There was this little red shed behind the building and lots of trees around. The landscape in the foothills behind was quite barren. Amazing how much color is in even the drabbest, dryest landscape. The shapes and the colors were what I was hunting for as I did these small studies.

And just in case you thought I might have way. Here I am playing with light but what I really need to play with is composition. How can I skew this? Interestingly.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all the merriest of Holiday seasons.  I loved painting this guy. I did three holiday paintings this weekend.  Now I am firmly in the mood!
Share the light of the season.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Helen Putnam Park in December

The December challenge for Daily Paintworks is "paint your dog".  Now may I say, that is easier said than done.  Black dogs have lots of shiny blue, purple and grey in their coats which is great, but they smile with their tails......which is most difficult to capture.  You see how I handled it?  Josie is a fun dog, happy to play, happy to sleep for upteen hours. Maybe I should say she is a "whatever" dog. At any rate, here she is.   8 inches square and painted over an old painting that I scraped........which is why you see those lively flecks of color  here and there.

Painting class today was at Helen Putnam Park just outside of Petaluma.  It was so cold when we arrived, and then almost shirtsleeve weather at 12:30 during the critique part of the class. This December day displayed these great fall leaves and grass that was really spring green. My "word" for this painting that I was to keep in mind throughout was fleeting.  Anything that did not seem fleeting should go. It did not belong in the painting.  I adhered to this except for the hills in the background. I felt they were a nice contrast to fleeting and therefore enhanced the work. Long and narrow, done in oil,  7.5 x 15.
Fun, fun, fun.

Friday, December 02, 2011

The merry, merry month..........

This week's Daily Paintworks Challenge is to paint in the style of an admired artist.  Since I am so fond of flowers and really trying to get inside of them, I picked Georgia O'Keefe and her famous calla lilies.  This is from a photo I had of my own callas and to get the relationships right...........I had to turn the reference photo upside down. For now, that is a big help. Someday it might be a crutch. This painting is 5 x 7 and done on a gessoed board. Check out to see more of the lovely paintings.

Finally I started to paint from some of my Swiss photos.  There were amazing gardens everywhere.  This is my first attempt and I so enjoyed doing it. More to come.

You might have seen this on Facebook.  It is a trike I did for a friend who lost her husband. I am sure she will know who did it for her immediately.  I hope it brings a smile to her face.
I will continue to dig deeper into the trikes............I want to get one done that has an abstract quality about it.  They would also be fun to do indifferent styles..........Cubist Trike?

Guess who is coming............Santa!