Sunday, May 13, 2018

MOTHER'S DAY

TULIPS FOR MOTHER

This painting is a studio piece that I finished in time to honor Mother's Day.  Though my Mom has been gone from us for a number of years now, I remember how fond she was of spring flowers, especially tulips. So this painting is in her honor, as well as for all mother's everywhere who give unconditionally of themselves for the betterment of their children and families.
ENJOY!!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Spring at the Conservatory

CONSERVATORY PATH

This painting is a plein air study done at the Franklin Park Conservatory during a plein air painting session. Unfortunately,  about half way though the painting process, we were struck by a pop up thunderstorm and had to run for cover.  I did take a photo of my subject before the rain started so was able to finish this at home.  Hope you enjoy!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

NEW LOVE

Cedar Ridge Spring #2

This painting is another view from the same hike as the previous painting in an earlier post.  Another beautiful area.  For this one, I experimented with painting on a black gessoed canvas.  I was very used to working on a toned surface when I was drawing in colored pencil, so this doesn't seem as difficult as might be imagined, however, I found that I really had to push the lights and use more paint to get good coverage.  I like the feel of this painting and plan to experiment more with using a dark background.
ENJOY!!

Monday, April 30, 2018

NEW WEST

Cedar Ridge Spring

This little painting is inspired by a walk into the hills surrounding what will soon be our new home in Park City, UT.  It's so refreshing to be able to get out into the countryside just by taking a walk.
I will be experimenting with new colors on my palette.  The rocks in the area are definitely going be a challenge to paint.  I've already begun identifying some of the plants and trees and will have to reference my bird book to figure out some of the new species I'm not at all familiar with in the midwest.
ENJOY!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SOULFUL

WINTER HAYFIELD

This painting is inspired by a snowy walk in winter in the midwest.  I love walking after a snowfall because all sound is muffled and the landscape is quiet and soulful.  These hay bales were resting in the field and had snow covered hats.  They reminded me of Frosted Mini Wheats cereal.   

The blues of the shadows were tough.  Getting the value right was the most challenging.  Because it was early evening, the sky still had a fair amount of light in it,  but the field was darkening.   I lightened the sky and background trees twice before I felt like it read right.

This is not one of those paintings that catches your eye because of contrast in light and shadow, but a subtle painting that depends on finessing the values to make it feel moody. I think I got it right.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NEW HOME

CAN IT BE MORE BeUTAHful?

This is my newest attempt at getting a snowy painting to feel like snow.  This painting is inspired by a hike up behind our neighborhood in Park City, UT.  A bright shiny bluebird day gave me bright lights and purple/blue shadows. I did an underpainting in acrylic in warmer tones and these colors are peaking out in between the color tones, which I like very much.  I feel it gives the painting more interest and life.  
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Friday, December 29, 2017

A WALK IN THE WOODS

SHADOWS ON A SNOWY AFTERNOON

This painting was inspired by a winter hike some years ago.  I especially love walking in the woods after a snowfall.  The sound is muffled and on a sunny day, the shadows are beautiful.  This particular afternoon proved to be a perfect day for observing the beauty of it all.  This painting will also be shown during Studios on High Gallery's Winter's Embrace Show.
ENJOY!!