Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Red Barn Clouds Painting Rural Landscape Contemporary

"Backdrop of Clouds"
 6"x6" oil on panel.

 I have painted this barn from so many angles and during different times of the day in different weather. With these factors the experience is never same.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Barn Painting 9x12 Rural Landscape Old Truck Contemporary Impressionism

"Greener Pastures" 12"x9" oil on canvas. As you see, this is a highly textured painting. I love how it adds to the feel of this landscape with the old broken down truck. A lot of farms seem to have an old truck "put to pasture". Merry Christmas Eve.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hereford Cow Painting Contemporary Impressionism Cattle

"Morning Rush Hour"
 6"x6" oil on panel.

No rush here on this peaceful morning. I ran out of time before the sun went down leaving me with some poor pictures of this painting. I will post a new one soon.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cow Painting Cattle Original Art Contemporary Landscape

"Herd on the Horizon" 6"x6" oil on panel. I really enjoy the "alla prima" wet in wet process. It keeps the painting fresh, not bogged down. The essence of the moment captured in minimal brushstrokes.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Contemporary Winter Landscape Painting Snow Ridge Hill Twilight

"North Light"
6"x6" oil on panel.

A winter landscape inspires many artists whether they are a painter, writer, poet or musician. I had fun simplifying the details and focusing on the subtle value changes and neutral warm and cool colors of the snow in the dimming twilight.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Indiana Fields Contemporary Impressionism Landscape Painting

"Soybean Fields"
6"x6" oil on panel.

Once in a while I will have a day where I spend more time trying to figure out what I want to paint than I actually spend time painting. I think this happens if I get in a rut. This explains why somedays I will paint cow after cow and then all of a sudden I throw in a beach scene or some other subject matter. Most days I just start painting shortly after I enter the studio. Otherwise, I would have a whole lot of nothing! I have had a few people ask me how do I find time to paint everyday. I recently responded in one of my posts: "I don't know. I wish I could paint more :) but I am grateful when I do. Somedays the laundry piles up and the dust bunnies unite. I heard a saying once, "the less time you have, the more you get done" I find this very true.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mother and Child Beach Painting Contemporary Impressionism

"Baby's Firsts" 6"x6" oil on panel. Baby's first time at the ocean. One New Year's Resolution I am going to set for myself is to paint more children. Considering I have a house full of them I will never be short of this subject matter.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Children Portrait Painting Contemporary Impressionism Figurative

~Not for Sale Commissions similar to this welcome.
"Sunshine Children" 6"x6" oil on panel. Sweet children enjoying a sunny day. I love their body language, they look so fidgety. As we all know kids don't sit idly even when they're uh, sitting :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Waiting for the Bus Figurative Oil Painting 9x12 Contemporary

"Waiting for the Bus" 9"x12" oil on strectched canvas. Too busy watching football with my family to paint today. I painted this a couple years ago and came across it in my studio the other day.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Contpemporary Couple in Chicago Painting 8"x8" Holiday Shopping North Michigan Avenue

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"City Sidewalks" 8"x8" oil on panel. After the sun went down the sky was still a very royal blue. The perfect backdrop for the holiday lights. This is the first time I have painted on this size, it seems considerably larger than the 6"x6" I am used to in my daily painting. A fun, colorful, contemporary piece. "Contpemporary Couple in Chicago Painting 8 x8 Holiday Shopping North Michigan Avenue

Friday, December 11, 2009

Chicago Theater Painting Original Oil Contemporary Impressionist Heidi Malott

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"Chicago Theater Sign" 6"x6" oil on panel. whew! Paintings of architecture are always a challenge and can be rewarding. My goal is to keep it fresh and not get caught up in too many details. I live a few hours from Chicago and am always inspired to paint this beautiful city.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chicago Winter Ice Skating Holiday Large Painting 9x12 Contemporary

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"Chicago in Winter" 9"x12" oil on stretched canvas. I love to paint crowds of people. I focused on shapes edges and negative areas. I really had a difficult time getting a decent digital image of this. I think it looks better in person.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Winter Landscape Snow December Woods Painting

"First Snow"
This is what I woke up to this morning. Our first snow of the season. The kids were pretty excited. It wasn't a "snow day" but their buses were running late. Painting snow can be tricky especially in the woods. You dont want to get too busy with details yet capture the delicate branches and somber grays.

6"x6" oil on panel.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Alaska Pine Trees Mountain Landscape Daily Painting

"Autumn in Alaska"
 6"x6" oil on panel

Such a beautiful, wild frontier. I haven't been there since I was a little girl. I have family that live there that I will hopefully visit again someday.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Vineyards Wine Country Landscape Grapevine Painting


I forgot to get a picture of this painting before the sun went down, so my lighting isn't the greatest. I will post new pics soon. Believe it or not these vineyards were at a little farmers market here in Indiana.

6"x6" oil on primed panel

Friday, December 4, 2009

Full Moon Pine Trees Twilight Painting Contemporary Impressionism

"Romantic Moon" 6"x6" oil on panel. I never tire of seeing the full moon rise and set. The nights have been clear and cold and very bright thanks to the moon.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Crows in Golden Wheat Painting Wheatfield Autumn Trees Landscape Contemporary Impressionism

"Crows in Golden Wheat" 6"x6" oil on masonite. The autumn trees and fields were golden especially in the sunlight. The contrast of the black crows was breathtaking. Of course anytime I see crows feasting in the fields I immediately think of Van Gogh or Tipi Hedron in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Contemporary Impressionist Landscape Painting by Heidi Malott

"Across the Lake" 6"x6" oil on primed masonite. This is one of my favorites. I painted it a couple of years ago. I painted another similar to this on a very large scale yesterday. It will hang in my family room.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Arizona Red Rock Southwest Landscape oil Painting 11"x14" Monument Valley area


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"Calm before the Storm" We had left the Grand Canyon and were heading towards Colorado. Seeing the Southwest for the first time is hard to put in words. You see the land in pictures but not until you see everything in person are you really amazed. I grew up around corn and soybean fields. I am used to seeing storms roll in but nothing like this. The formations and elevations made me feel like I had landed on another planet. I have always loved Edgar Payne's amazing paintings of the west, now I see his inspiration first hand. This is one of just a few large pieces posted on this blog it is 11"x14" on Raymar canvas board. click on "southwest" label below to see similar paintings

Monday, November 30, 2009

Full Moon Eagle Marsh Landscape daily painting Contemporary

"Moon Rising" 6" x6" oil on primed masonite.

This is a nearby wetland preservation named Eagle Marsh. As I drive by it is always fun to see how many different birds you may find. Especially in this old dead tree. The moon rising at dusk was an irresistable sight.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas "The Holy Family" II Nativity Scene - Another Commission Painting of

click pic to view detail "The Holy Family" 6"x6" oil on primed masonite.

This one is sold, however, I have 2 available at this time.  I am taking special orders at no additional commission charge, on this painting only. If you feel you would like to purchase one similar to this let me know at:

I normally charge extra for commissioned pieces but for Christmas I will be charging my regular price for these impressionistic Nativity paintings. They are signed and dated on the back and being original, they will vary.

Contact me if you would like to purchase a 1 Season rights to print this picture on your Church bulletin or program during Christmas. 

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Snow Landscape Winter Trees House Cabin Woods Daily Painting

"Snowy Quiet" 6"x6" oil on primed masonite.

Black Friday. Are you running out early for Christmas bargains? Or are you staying home to relax and catch some football on tv, or watching a good movie? Inquiring minds, (mine) want to know.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christmas Painting Holy Family Nativity Scene Original Oil

click pic to view detail "The Holy Family" 6"x6" oil on primed masonite.

This one is sold, however, I am taking special orders at no additional commission charge, on this painting only. If you feel you would like to purchase one similar to this let me know at:

I normally charge extra for commissioned pieces but for Christmas I will be charging my regular price for these impressionistic Nativity paintings. They are signed and dated on the back and being original, they will vary.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Red Barn Rural Landscape Country Farmhouse

"Sunny Farm" I couldn't resist this landscape. I am a sucker for clouds on a sunny day.

This painting is 6"x6" oil on primed masonite art board.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tennessee Mountains Driving at Dawn Oil Painting

"Tennessee Morning"

A couple weeks ago my family and I were driving through the Tennessee Mountains. It was very early in the morning and the fog from the night before was burning off. The fog still lingered in some areas making the landscape blue and hazy. The sun lit up the bare trees here and there. This was fun and challenging.

This painting is 6"x6" oil on primed masonite artboard.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Barn Painting Red Barn Contemporary Rural Landscape

"Big Barn Little Barn" Boy did I struggle for a time on this one. I scraped and started over a couple times especially in the sky. It was a gray day, light sky with dark gray clouds rolling through at a fast clip. It was cold and damp. Finally I think I got what I was trying to "say". I really like the texture throughout. My camara did not, especially in the light sky. This painting is 6"x6" oil on primed masonite artboard.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Beach Lifeguard Chair Clouds Daily Painting

"End of Summer"

The beach in this painting is at a favorite "swimming hole" in a tiny little town in rural Indiana. It's name is Markle Pool, funny though it is a spring fed pond, not a pool. 6"x6" oil on primed masonite artboard.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Winner of this Painting Giveaway! ends 11/25/09

To get into the Christmas spirit, I want to give away this painting. It is a plein air landscape in the midwest. If you win, keep it or give it away for Christmas.

All you need to do is leave a comment below or email your entry to this question: "Who is your favorite artist?" (dead or alive)

Giveaway ends November 25th before 7:00 pm est. I will tally all the comments from that week and will pick the winner at random. I will announce the winner Wednesday the 25th or sometime during Turkey day, if things are hectic here. Have fun and good luck!
One entry per person, please. (Note: if you do not see your entry appear right away, please don’t enter a second time—your entry will appear shortly. Thank you.)
If you prefer to email an answer, I will count those also
This painting "Midwest Dawn" is 6"x6" oil on primed masonite artboard.

Time's up! We have a winner! I gave everyone a number as they entered and my kids helped me write numbers on paper, cut them out, fold them, put the numbers in a hat and my daughter pulled the lucky winner.

#91 - Jenna - "My favorite artist is my younger sister Leah. Her art is so beautiful and it makes me such a proud sister."


Congratulations Jenna! email me at with your address and I will send out your new painting.

This was sooo much fun! I am considering having another Giveaway soon. (perhaps before Christmas?)

Thank you all for entering and letting me know who your favorite artists are. I have really enjoyed reading your entries and have learned about some artists I haven't seen yet.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Girlfriends Beach Sisters Swim Painting Contemporary

"Conversation in the Sun" These two young women seem to be enjoying a relaxing conversation on the beach. This little painting makes a unique gift for special girlfriends or sisters. Especially for Christmas or Birthdays. This painting is 6x6" oil on primed masonite artboard.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cow Paintings Cattle Field Contemporary Impressionism


"Southern Cows" It is always so hard to get back into painting, even after a week. I feel very out of it. I am also trying to figure out my new camara. Yikes. So please bear with me :) This painting is 6"x6" oil on board. click "impressionism" label below to see more paintings.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Children Impressionism Painting Contemporary Siblings Boy Girl Brother Sister

"Children Exploring" I have painted this in my head many times. A picture of two of my children climbing on rocks, has been sitting in my easel drawer for years. I sat in my studio uninspired and ready to go fold laundry instead. I came across the photo and that was enough. The laundry would have to wait. I have always loved old impressionist paintings of children. I am glad to finally paint it. Maybe I need to do this more often. hmm....

This painting is 6"x6" oil on board.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sheep Sunset Painting Autumn Impressionism Alla Prima Daily Art

Somedays painting can become too methodic. I started thinking how easy it is to forget what inspired me to paint something in the first place. Having very little time before the baby awoke from his nap, I picked up the brush and started painting from the "leftovers" on my palette. Pushing paint with only color and value in mind, I ended up with one of my favorite paintings. It was fresh and full of unmixed color. It is important to let our inspiration "drive" with our skills riding "shotgun". Painting everyday allows this experience to blossom.
This painting is 6"x6" oil on board.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Landscape Painting Sunset Clouds Autumn Fields Shadows Daily Art

"Autumn Shadows"

The soybeans at sunset were ready for harvest. The purple shadows were beautiful against the warm soybeans in the sun.

This painting is 6"x6" oil on board.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Autumn Landscape Painting Road Drive Fall Foilage Original Art

"Autumn Road"

 This fall the leaves are changing quickly. On our way from church yesterday we took the long way home.

 This painting is 6"x6" oil on board