Yes, I know it's the middle of summer in Raleigh, but I was looking through all my photo references and came across a picture of a snowman and decided why not. I'm still using my limited palette and experimenting with value and color and I'm happy with the way this turned out. 7 x 5 inches
On the street in front of the Raleigh Rose Garden is a small house on an incline that is overshadowed by two very large mature trees. I wanted to capture the difference in size between the house and the trees and tried to portray the light coming through the trees. 7 x 5 inches
Still the limited palette. It's sometimes frustrating trying to get the color I'm looking for, but it's nice to have the limited choices. I caught a picture of this swan gliding along Lake Lynn when I was walking the other morning. This is my interpretation of the scene. 7 x 5 inches.
I'm still keeping to my limited palette. It's a great chance to learn more about color mixing. The other day I spotted this dog out for a car ride. Sticking his head out the window, letting the wind steam over him, running from one side of the car to the other, enjoying life. Sometimes we all need to take a moment and just enjoy the ride. 7 x 5 inches.
It's so good to get back to painting after a few days away, but even with just a little time away, I feel so rusty. Today I'm working with a very limited palette. Alizarin Crimson for my red, Ultramarine for my blue and Cadmium yellow, plus white. I'm also trying to keep an impressionistic style and not overwork the details. The scene is a rocky spit of land surrounded by water. More rocks than land and it's hard to get decent browns out of my palette, but I wanted to focus on the late day light hitting the edges of rock and the side of the tree. 5 x 7
Does it count as daily painting if the rest of my life has gotten in the way and I can't paint every day right now? I'm going to say yes. It may not be daily as defined in Webster's but the intent and desire are there and I certainly think about painting and technique every day. I don't want to give up my goal of painting every day, so it would be counterproductive to give up the label. It's my life, my art, my goals so I am giving myself permission to define my label.
Now on to today's painting. I have always lived on the east coast so I don't know how it would feel to live with mountains looming over you, but I can imagine it in my daily painting. 5 x 7 inches.
Moved to the tropics for this brilliant sunset. The atmospheric conditions have to be just right to produce such stunning colors, but they these special sunsets are worth waiting for.
My painting journey has taken me to the Northwest Coast today to work on my rock formations with some new paint recipes for browns.
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I'm still traveling through my daily paintings and today we move to canyon country, an area that I have not had the pleasure of visiting in person. I would love to be standing at this vista and painting from life but for now will have to be satisfied with my photo references.
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I'm an fine art artist in Raleigh, North Carolina. I need a paintbrush in my hand to feel complete and I invite you to follow me on my art journey. Everyday brings new ideas and projects... there simply is not enough time... On December 1, 2012, I joined the community of artists who paint a painting each and every day. I haven't been able to keep up with the daily painting, but I'm trying hard to keep my paintbrushes busy.