Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shades of Red

"Shades of Red"
24"x36" oil on gallery wrap canvas

"Shades of Red" is my most recent painting that I just finished up yesterday.  There is a lot of juicy color all over the canvas.  The barn alone has so many reds, violets, deep purples and pinks.  The wooded hillside of trees has so many deep rich colors which really sets it apart from the fields surrounding the old sturdy barn.  One aspect that I really worked on is edges and I had a lot of fun putting in many small details that I am sure you cannot see in this photo.  

Next week I will begin painting in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge started by Leslie Saeta.  Last time I checked, there were just over 700 artists from all around the world participating.  My theme will be "Vacation Photos, or Not".  I hope to paint (and blog) every day  from photos we have taken on various trips but there will also be the occasional plein air piece thrown in.  I plan for most of my pieces to be 6"x8", 8"x8" and maybe a few 8"x10".  Wish me luck!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Beach View

Beach View
16"x20" oil on canvas
$595.00 with gold frame

          "Beach View" was painted a couple of days ago in my attempt to concentrate more on clouds.  Painting clouds is way out of my comfort zone but branching out and stretching is how I grow as an artist.  I took a one-day plein air workshop last November in Charleston SC with the fabulous Bill Davidson and he showed us how many colors are up there in those beautiful skies above us.  I am learning that they can be fun and I think I will do some more!

Monday, August 4, 2014

The White Barn

The White Barn
18"x24" oil on gallery wrap canvas

Here is another painting that I completed during my recent residency.  The photo is from a horse farm not far from where I live.  This photo had a lot of strong shadow shapes along with some bright sunlit areas and those two things drew me to paint this scene.  I felt I captured a lot of depth in this one and am really pleased with the way this one turned out.  I hope you like it too.