Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Nature Walk


I started the aspens in a class with Cecy Turner. She is an amazing artist. Check out her website to see the most beautiful landscapes in both oil and watercolor, Painting fall foliage is another opportunity for me to use the reds and oranges that I like.
11x14 original watercolor, Sold.

Sunbathing Poppies
I had a request to paint more poppies, which I couldn't wait to do. I love the transparency of the reds as well as mixing oranges, reds and dropping in blues and greens to get darker reds. These poppies are back lit. I love the way the way the petals glow when the sun is shining from behind a poppy. The petals look like crinkled tissue paper. They are so transparent when lit by the sun that you can see the cast shadow of petals from flowers that are behind. I love this layering effect.
11x14 original watercolor, Sold.

Sun Setting on a Country Road
I started this painting plein air when in Stowe, VT. I loved how the sun was shining brightly through the trees casting long shadows. I added some texture and detail in the studio this past week. Even though it lacks the detail of the Aspen studio painting, I like the feel that plein air paintings have. They are quick and capture the feel or mood. Plein air gives you a hint of the story and allows for your imagination to complete the picture.
11x14 original watercolor, $250

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pen and Ink

Custom Sketch, 8x10 sold

Friends, it has been so long. I had imagined that I was going to have so much time to paint and draw this school year. I am hoping to get back into my routine of painting and blogging again.

The above is a commission I had talked about previously. A client wanted a watercolor of her friend's new home to give as a house warming gift. The front of the house is very wide with a lot of beautiful architectural detail. I felt that if I did the entire house, the architectural detail would get lost. I suggested a close up view of the front entry in pen and ink.

I am currently working on more poppies and am visualizing this painting of 3 guys and a guitar.