Saturday, October 31, 2009
I cannot seem to get enough of these abstracts with storm clouds against the bright yellow green marsh. I may be addicted!
Friday, October 30, 2009
I lucked out and went to the beach one day,and was able to get some great surf photos. I didn't realize until later that a tropical storm was passing about 200 miles off shore, which was the reason for the larger than normal waves. The surfers were coming to the beach in droves!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A few weeks ago, I posted a 8x10 similar painting. This was the study for the 8x10. I really liked this one best, so I thought I would post it too.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I really enjoy doing these small seascapes. Fortunately, with the Atlantic nearby, I have a never ending source of new compositions. This one, I call impressionistic, bordering on abstract. What fun!
Monday, October 26, 2009
We were on Nantahala Lake when we spied this little lake house. The houses around this lake are either million dollar mansions or these little floating deck houses. The owners of the little houses are seem to enjoy theirselves, surrounded with all their toys. The houses are anchored to the trees. Some are double deckers with slides into the water and elaborate decks. This one was just big enough for two.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
It seems I cannot go too long before I get the urge to paint the ocean again. This is an early morning scene of the surf in central coastal Florida.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
We found this cute little guy at the marina while renting a pontoon boat this summer. He was shaved for the summer but still had his fluffy tail. He spent the days guarding the docks. Here he was checking out a boat coming in that had a dog standing on the bow. They were patiently waiting to get together for a little sniffing time.
Friday, October 23, 2009
When we had an artist's retreat last month, on a drizzly evening, we set up these beautiful pears and painted to our hearts delight. It felt really, really good!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We spent a few days cruising Fontana Lake in a pontoon boat this summer. The lake is great, with clean refreshing cool water surrounded by beautiful untouched forest. It is in the mountains of western North Carolina. One day we were anchored off shore about 50 feet, enjoying a swim when this guy entered the scene. I think he was fishing for lunch. It was very thrilling (and a little scary) to be so close to this beautiful wildlife.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Another fall view of Waterock Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is the time to be there with the trees in full color everywhere. If you have never seen full fall color, take time out of your life and make it happen. It is worth the effort! Here is Florida, what passes for "fall color" is a joke. It is such soft color and so little of it that you hardly notice it. After 30 years in Florida, I miss the Ohio autumns of my youth.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Another plein air. There were 7 of us sitting in this farmer's field that day. After, we returned home to a wonderful picnic lunch with homemade bread and chicken curry sandwiches with yummy kettle potato chips and the sweetest black grapes. I think most of us took a little snooze after lunch. Life is good during our artist's retreat!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Unlike yesterday's post, this one was painted directly from a photo reference. The mountains and tree were in the photo. Not the ground cover or the colors. This is a view from the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
This one was fun to do, kind of abstract. I liked the colors, so decided to do more in the same style. I will post the other two soon. I actually created this one out of my head. When I first took painting lessons, it was all about "seeing" and painting what you "see" not what you know. Then I took a month long class from an artist who does abstract and it was all about getting it out of your head. This is half and half. I didn't paint from a photo, but, I feel like I have seen this before.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Yes, it's true! I actually did plein air. I packed everything in the car, hiked up the trail carrying all my supplies, sat on a rock among the bugs, got rained on, painted my little panel, packed it up carrying all my dirty paper towels with me and hiked back to civilization. Now, maybe you can tell the difference in the painting, but, to me it looks just like it would have if I had painted it from my computer monitor only with twice the effort. Oh well, sorry for the complaining. I have so much respect for you folks who do this on a regular basis, but I guess the truth is, I'm just too lazy! I must admit that it was a little bit easier for me than the last time I tried and I did have just a little excitement that I actually came away with something other than my usual wiper, but I was ready to go running back to my studio!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Waterrock Knob, Blue Ridge Mountains, elevation 5820 feet. WOW! It was a hot August day when I drove here with my buddies, Pieces of 8 for a day of painting. When we opened the car door, the wind swept in. It must have been in the low 50's and there I was in my sandels and capri pants. My little Florida toes curled up and turned blue! I was not exactly dressed properly. We had a great picnic lunch and painted for hours. All the heat coming off the brush saved me from freezing. Check out Pieces of 8 for photos of our week long retreat.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I have not done any seascapes for quite some time now, so when the urge hit me, I painted this one out of my head. I really want to take another photo shoot at the beach, just have to find the time to get there.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This is my largest abstract to date. I really love the feeling I get when I do them and because of them I feel much stronger in my impressionistic paintings. I feel it is a win/win situation for me. Someday I may branch out and do an abstract still life, but for the moment, I am enjoying the landscapes.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Every once in a while I just have to do a red/green combo. I think poppies are probably my favorite flower, especially in the wild. They just knock your eyes out! This one is about 1/2 abstract and 1/2 impressionistic. I no longer know what I am doing, or maybe never did...but I am enjoying it more!