This is the third in my trio of paintings started over the weekend. It's been a very nice few days of painting and I hope I will have more time later in the week. I've already collected some fall leaves I want to paint. Next to flowers, clouds are one of my favorite things to paint and this is from a picture taken on the west coast at the end of a stormy day. 5 x 7 inches.
It was an overcast drizzly day when my friend went to the pumpkin farm and took this picture. It was pretty deserted but there certainly were plenty of beautiful pumpkins. This is the 2nd completed picture in the trio that I've been working on and I must say I struggled with this. I didn't want to render each and every pumpkin, but it was hard to get any detail in this small 5 x 7 size.
If you read yesterday's blog entry, yes, the yellow roses were on the right not the left, and that is the painting the I chose to complete first. I love painting flowers. The challenge for me is making the choice of capturing the essence of the bloom or painting each individual petal. I usually like to fall somewhere in between the two and I hope these are recognizable as roses. 5 x 7 inches.
I had no plan in place, but just started work again on my 3 paintings and it worked out that doing some on each one worked out perfectly. I started with the roses on the left. I put in the background and decided it would be easier to render the flowers if the paint had overnight to dry. I then moved on to the landscape on the left. It's a scene from a pumpkin farm and I worked on it till it started giving me trouble and happily went on the the seascape which is coming along nicely. I'm still working with my limited palette of red, blue, yellow and white but switched out my blue and red to slightly different shades and I find I'm having a bit of trouble getting a good gray, but I'll keep at it.
Unfortunately, I've been away from my easel for longer than I like, but had time this morning to block in these three 5x7 paintings. I haven't decided if I'm going to work on each of them separately or concurrently. But, I know from experience, it's nice to move on to something else if one painting is giving me a problem. And having three paintings started gives me a good goal for the weekend.
My daughter was traveling again and this is from one of the reference pictures she sent me from Kauai. 5 x 7 inches
The Raleigh Greenway is accessible behind the NC Museum of Art and while walking one day with a friend the shadows called to me to grab my iPhone and take a picture. This is the subject of today's painting. 7 x 5 inches.
Every time I'm at the Raleigh Rose Garden, I'm attracted to the fountain and on a recent visit got some nice pics of the statued nestled in among the greenery. This is my interpretation.
5 x 7 inches.
It was a perfect day at Falls Lake recently. Low humidity, cool temperature and standing in the sun felt great. The clouds were beautiful and it was the starting point for today's painting. 5 x 7 inches
At the U.S. Arboretum there is a Bonsai section that I've visited several times. I don't know if I would have the patience to train a tree in the Bonsai manner, but I admire the grace and beauty of this art. This Bonsai specimen doesn't stand any taller than maybe 3 feet, but it is so majestic in its design. 7 x 5 inches.
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.