Saturday, October 30, 2010

Beach Children Contemporary Impressionism Painting

"Playing in the Sand" 10/29/10
6"x6" oil on primed artboard.
I think the fun colors and mottled brushwork portray the fun summer day at Lake Michigan

Friday, October 29, 2010

Beach Figures Contemporary Impressionist Painting

"Vacation Play"

Adults and children alike love to play in the waves as they crash on the beach. I am happy with how the waves turned out. The brushstrokes are all "swirly" with a change in value and color, just the way I hoped to achieve. (warning: you may occasionally come across less-than-technical terms in this blog :) This painting is 6"x6" oil on artboard.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Durango Silverton Colorado Painting Studio Sale Highlight

"Between Durango and Silverton, CO"
painted Aug. 2007

This little painting is a part of my studio sale (see details, top right)
There were a couple things I recently re-painted on this painting. Originally I had the porch drawn incorrectly and it stood out like a sore thumb. Also the trees needed to overlap the structure better. I think these changes made a big difference and makes a stonger painting, structurally.
6"x6" oil on primed masonite.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Blustery Fall Day Autumn Painting Contemporary Art

"Blustery Fall Day"
6x6" oil primed panel

One of the last days with leaves on the trees. This windy weather is blowing them into the next town. Of course that doesn't let us off the hook we are getting all the leaves from everyone west of us!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Essence of Iris Contemporary Impressionism Sale Highlight

"Essence of Iris" -2006
This little painting is one of my favorites, it has a myriad of color and has never been posted on my blog. Probably because I have enjoyed it in my home and never got around to posting it. Now it is time to put it out there. It is really a piece you need to stand back away from your monitor to look at. Go ahead, try it. This is one I would like to paint on a large scale some day.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Contemporary Impressionism Country Side Roads Rural Landscape Heidi Malott

"Long Ride Home" 10/25/10
This painting may look a little familiar to you. That is often possible because I paint mostly what I live. My familiar. Can you spot the painting I did similar to this recently? I find it good "exercise" to paint the same locations under different conditions: time of day or season or even hour.
6"x6" oil on primed masonite.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Contemporary Impressionism Yellow Tree Autumn Fall


"All Alone" 6"x6" oil on primed masonite.
This leaning tree stood alone in a field.
You could not miss its beauty this time of year.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Autumn Tree Study Fall Foilage Impressionism Painting

"Bits of Color" Looking out my kitchen window this morning felt like looking at a stained glass window. The early morning light making its way through the autumn trees broke the colors into many sparkling bits of color.
6"x6" oil on primed masonite.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Italy Impressionism Contemporary Oil Painting Heidi Malott

"Touring Rome" 10/19/10 I photographed this in the morning sun, showing the texture of the brushstrokes. It is a bit distracting so I posted another photo below. Another really fun piece. Capturing the essence of the moment is very invigorating. 6"x6" oil on primed masonite art board.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Autumn Impressionism Contemporary 8"x8" also Studio Sale see Details

"Tree Lined Street" This painting was a joy to paint. The colors and juicy brushstrokes make me smile. Another one of my larger than the usual posts.
8"x8" oil on stretched canvas.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Clouds Impressionist Painting

"Big Sky, Big Clouds" 10/16/10 These clouds just seemed to roll across the ocean. 6"x6" oil on primed masonite art board.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall Foilage Painting Contemporary Impressionism Art Heidi Malott

"Autumn Essence" I painted this yesterday in the backyard while my son played in the sand box which he calls the "hand box". I think he would sleep in there if I let him.

Painting this time of year, especially plein air, can be overwhelming. As beautiful as the fall colors are it is easy to overdo it. We want to convey all that color but one can get lost in all that glorious color and end up with a very bright overloaded painting. It helps to focus on a bit of color and "gray down" the rest. This helps you focus on the amazing beauty of color. Letting it sing rather than shout. I can't tell you how many times I have painted before I actually did this. Even when we know better, it is always easier said than done.
6"x6" oil on primed art board

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Impressionist Landscape Woods Hiking Trails Contemporary Painting Heidi Malott

"September Hike"

I love to hike with the kids. The last time we went camping we hiked a trail alongside the lake. Our youngest practically led the way the whole time. We were amazed at his enthusiasm and had to tease his much older siblings about the fact that when they were his age they would want to be carried most of the way and complain how tired they were.
6"x6" oil on primed masonite

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Contemporary Impressionism Clouds Landscape Heidi Malott


"Outside the Box" I love when I am in "the zone" and just paint from the heart. I had been feeling under the weather the last couple of days and wasn't sure if I should paint since I was feeling better or get caught up on stuff. I am glad I headed for the studio instead. This painting may look a bit different from my usual, however, I see this feeling/style pop up once in a while. If I could just harness it for everyday. I am sure most people feel that way about a lot of things. I guess that is why it is important to try, try again and again.
6"x6" oil on primed masonite

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Autumn Sunrise Painting Impressionism

"Frosty Morning" The "pumpkin" orange next to the cool shadows of the early morning light was so soft and complimentary. Such a fun time of year to paint. Have you picked out your pumpkins yet? I might have to put this on my plate shelf in the dining room or in my kitchen till it may find a new home...
6"x6" oil on primed masonite.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Impressionist Sky Sunset Schoolhouse Autumn Art Daily Painting

"One Room Schoolhouse" Another great sunset during one of my son's football games the other evening. We all stood up for the National Anthem and this beautiful scene was behind the field. I have painted this schoolhouse another time. to see it, click label below: "schoolhouse"
6"x6" oil on primed masonite

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lotus Flower Water Lilies Garden Impressionism Painting Heidi Malott

click pic to see detail
"Following the Sun" This painting was a journey, that almost ended in a do-over (scraped and painted over) It started out okay and then I found myself focusing on too many details, making the painting stiff and boring. I had to walk away from it for awhile. Not sure if it was salvageable I worked on it today. Knowing I needed to cut loose and enjoy the process, I had nothing to lose, it was already something that would get painted over if I couldn't resuscitate it. Finally, after scraping, scratching and moving paint around I became happier with it. Sometimes we have to let go and have fun. After some frustration and patience I was able to finish this little water garden study on a happier note.
6"x6" oil on primed masonite

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Water Lilies Impressionism Painting 8"x8" Original Art Heidi Malott

"Water Garden" Another larger painting than my usual daily paintings. There was so much to take in at this beautiful little edge of the pond at Lincoln State Park, Indiana. I see why Claude Monet was so mesmerized by water lilies and the reflections in the pond. An amazing and tranquil scene to behold.

8"x8" oil on primed masonite

sidenote from me: When I look at this painting online it appears busy in the tiny square alotted for my blog, however the original 8x8" looks better, tranquil, much bigger and not so busy.

another pic in outdoor lighting to see texture detail

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Red Tractor Painting Contemporary Art Heidi Malott

"Little Red Tractor"

This little red tractor called out to me in the early morning sunrise of the frosty field.
6"x6" oil on primed masonite panel

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

8"x8" Crows Cornfield Impressionism Autumn Landscape


"Crow's Autumn Feast"

Hey, can you believe I am posting something larger than my usual daily paintings? The corn has been harvested and the crows have swooped in to eat the remaining corn.
8"x8" oil on masonite.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Contemporary Sheep Painting Alla Prima

"Sheep in the Sun" This was a fun alla prima painting with one brush.
6"x6" oil on primed masonite.