Sunday, October 2, 2011

Breakfast for Dinner Eggs Eggshells Contemporary Daily Painting

"Breakfast for Dinner"
6" square oil on masonite

Hey, something a little different from my landscapes.  I really had fun changing it up.  You never know when you will find inspiration.  The other day we had an easy dinner, breakfast.  I made cinnamon, raisin french toast, eggs, hash browns and sausage.  While I was preparing everything, I thought I should take a few pics of the kitchen aftermath.  I know, I would have preferred to set up my gear and paint it right there, live, but I couldn't leave everything out all night till the next afternoon, when I had time to paint, ew.  I am an artist, but I am also the mom of 4, the mom in me just couldn't do it :)

I love the amazing colors on the inside of the empty egg shells, wowza!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cloud Painting Summer Fall Landscape Contemporary Impressionism

"Gi-normous Cloud"

6" square oil on primed masonite

Sometimes I have trouble keeping my overall painting in the warm tones.  Today, I was able to get it right, yay...

I am off to watch some football :)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Chicken Roosters Girl Painting Contemporary Oil

"Girl and Her Chickens"
6x6" oil on primed masonite

A fun, colorful little painting.  I really like the palette, very cheery, kinda girlie :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Contemporary Corn Fields Landscape Daily Painting

"Morning Commute"

6" Square oil on primed masonite

I enjoy the challenge of painting a corn field without being trite.  The other day I posted an attempt or study of cornfields that I removed from my blog.  No matter how many times I looked at it, I did not care for it.  It did not express a cornfield in a lively, interesting way.  So I tried again,  I am pleased with todays post.  In most cases less is more.  I like the simple lines and variations that lead your eye through the painting.  I would like to try to paint more cornfields soon.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Black Angus Calves Cattle Cow Daily Oil Painting Rural Landscape

"Mornin' Fellas"

6" square oil on primed masonite art board

I love the angular lines created by the calves silhouettes.  The sweet little fellas are so curious, as they group together on the ridge, in the morning sun.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Daily Painting Contemporary Barn Painting Impressionism

"Autumn Harvest"
6x6" oil on primed masonite

Different from yesterday's landscape.  A familiar scene of the midwest this time of year.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Contemporary Southwest Landscape Arizona Desert Painting

Southwest Landscape Study
6" square oil primed masonite

I love the silvery greens against the warm tones in the western landscape.  This painting was another exercise of thick and thin layers.  I focused more on the colors and overall shapes rather than a lot of fussy detail. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Contemporary Impressionism Landscape Buildings Woods Daily Painting

"Along the Footpath"
6x6" oil on primed masonite

Many times on this blog, I have mentioned the occasional surfacing of painter's block.  Fortunately, today's post is not from one of those times.  Once in a while, I get to experience the joy of creative flow.  When my brain and hand seem to be in sync with my heart. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Autumn Sunset Landscape Barn Impressionism Daily Painting

"End of the Day"
6x6" oil on primed masonite

Sunsets in the fall truly are the "golden hour" with all those warm colors of the trees and fields ready for harvest. 

Have a Great Weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Impressionism Country Living Farmhouse Landscape Heidi Malott


"Country Living"
6"x6" oil on primed masonite artboard

A typical farmhouse in rural Indiana on a warm late summer day.  However, when the warm sun hits the landscape there is nothing typical about the beauty in the colors this time of year.  I could stand out here and paint all day, just turning my easel a few degrees as I start a fresh canvas.  Scratch that, the baby's awake from his nap, back to reality, until the next chance :D

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cloud Shadows Landscape Impressionism Heidi Malott

"Cloud Shadows"

6"x6" oil on primed masonite

I never tire of painting clouds.  Living in the midwest, our views are wide open, so you can see clouds for what seems forever.   A plain blue sky is almost boring compared to a cloudy one.  They give you a measurement of the sky's vastness.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Autumn Soybean Fields Barns Impressionism Landscape Oil 6x8

study of thick and thin
6"x8" canvas panel

I really enjoyed the journey of this painting.  Working with thin washes and then building up to thicker layers.  This process worked well with this dry, scrubby, field of soybeans, ready for harvest and the thicker highlights on the grain and sky.  My goal in most paintings is to simplify the details to capture the overall feeling that inspired me to paint the scene in the first place.  So many times it is too easy to forget this and get too detailed or overwork a piece. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Impressionist Landscape 6x8 Summer in the Country Heidi Malott

"Summer in the Country"
6"x8" Canvas Panel

This is not the usual size painting for this blog.  I am back in the studio after some time off and I need to prepare my 6"x6" panels.  However, this was a nice change of pace.  

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Summer Landscape Impressionism Field and Skies Heidi Malott

"Midwest Summer Fields"
6"x6" oil on primed masonite
Heidi Malott

My son took some great photos of the beautiful landscape on our way to the lake for a camp weekend this summer.  I figured they would be a great springboard for my painting this fall and winter.

We had such a good HOT summer for camping, canoeing, hiking, swimming.  One of those hot summers I seem to remember having when I was a kid.  I think we went through more popcycles and ice cream than your typical summer.

 Thank you for the inspiring photos C-man!

Impressionist Autumn Landscape Heidi Malott

"I'm baaaack, I hope...
I can't believe how long it has been since I have painted.  I miss it so much. 

My older kids are back to school.  My toddler is now three.  I think it is more challenging to make time for the studio.  However, I will try my best to find my rhythm again.  I look forward to painting, posting and hearing from so many of you again.

To jump start my studio time, I am posting one of my favorites from last fall.

Have a Great Weekend!

Please note, if you have tried to contact me regarding a painting in the last few months, I may not have received it, due to a pesky virus.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Please email me at

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring Landscape Oil Painting Daily Painting

"Spring Color"

6"x6" oil on primed art panel

The April showers have brought new color to the landscape.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Contemporary Suburbs Sunset Original Daily Painting Heidi Malott

"Around the Bend"
6"x6" oil on primed art panel.

Not one of my usual, but boy was it fun.  In order to avoid the "artist block"  I decided to have some fun and approach this painting with a less is more attitude and one large-ish brush.  I didn't worry about the outcome, just let the passion for painting lead the way.  Most times I try to keep this equation in my daily painting but sometimes it is easier said than done.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Seagull Sun Sand Blue Skies Summer Daily Painting

6"x6" oil on primed art panel

Today, I spent more time trying to figure out what to paint than the time it finally took me to paint this.  I felt like I was on a tightrope balancing over the dreaded artist block.  I am now exhausted mentally (I am always tired physically, I have 3 teens and a toddler).  I hope the "block" doesn't strike again tomorrow, blech!
Have a good night!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunset Landscape Contemporary Impressionism Daily Painting Heidi Malott

"Through the Cracks"

6"x6" oil on primed panel

Since I began this blog in 2006, I have always struggled with photographing my paintings to achieve their truest likeness for online viewing.  Over the years I have had some comments from patrons that they are pleased and find the painting to look even better in person.  I know monitors and screens vary slightly from one to the next, but I am working on the lighting in order to get my photos clearer and not so dim. 
I have made improvements on many images in my existing posts.   If you have read this far, thank you, and please feel free to have a "Better Look" at my gallery of artwork.  There are different options for viewing located at the right. 

There are still quite a few older paintings that could have better photo representation that I have not worked on yet, but will soon. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Summer Sunset Countryside Landscape Contemporary Impressionism

"Summer Sunset"
6x6" oil on primed art panel
One of my favorite times of the year.  Summer in the Midwest is so beautiful with the lush green fields and golden sunsets.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Surf Study Honolulu Hawaii Original Oil Painting Contemporary Impressionism 8x8

"Vintage Hawaii Surf Study"
8x8" oil on primed heavy art board

The gorgeous waters on the Honolulu shoreline last November.  I could see the inspiration of the vintage Hawaiian art when I stood on the beach with the calm tradewinds, I couldn't wait to paint this.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

8"x8" Beach Umbrella Seashore Contemporary Impressionism Heidi Malott

8"x8" oil on primed masonite panel

Please note the larger size on today's painting.  I went to my studio and reached for my stack of 6x6" panels and had none prepared.  I would have to prep some boards or grab what I had available so that I could paint today.  Whoops!

~Thanks for stopping by~ 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Original Oil Painting Young Boy Chasing Seagulls Beach Ocean Seashore

"Chasing Gulls at Sunset"
6"x6" oil on primed art panel

Kids love to chase the gulls on the beach.  The seagulls never seem to tire of it, they just land a few feet away.  I wouldn't be surprised if they enjoy it too.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Black Angus Cattle Cow Daily Oil Painting Rural Landscape

"Grazing the Sweet Grass"
6"x6" oil on primed artist panel

I can imagine the new grass in spring is a welcome treat to cattle after a long winter.   Kentucky landscape in April 2011.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Seagulls Sunset Beach Ocean Oil Painting Contemporary Impressionism

"Seagulls in the Fading Light"
6"x6" oil on primed art panel.

Sunsets on the East coast of the U.S. are so different from the glorious sunsets on the Pacific.  The Atlantic side has the sunrise on the ocean which is beautiful.  The sunset on the Atlantic is a shorter moment since the sun is drifting further away from the ocean.  You can catch a glimpse of the sunset in the clouds and the long shadows on the beach.  I know this is obvious information, and I sound quite random :D but it is an interesting thought when you are painting the fading light of a sunset in this moment. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Impressionist Landscape Countryside Farmhouse Barn Spring Green Original Oil Painting

"Spring Green"
6"x6" oil on primed art panel

The countryside is so beautiful in the spring.  The delicate greens sparkle in the pastures.  I am pleased with the atmosphere in the sky and fields of this painting.  You can see in most of my paintings the more simplified,broad brushwork, but sometimes scenes like these just demand a bit of delicacy in the brushwork to convey what first attracted me to the landscape.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sunset Beach Lifeguard Chair Contemporary Impressionism Daily Painting Heidi Malott


"Another Safe Shift"
At 5:30 the lifeguards up and down the beach blow their whistle 3 times to signal the end of their watch.  They climb down and drag the chair away from the tide and call it a day.  The sun was setting on another safe day at the beach.  This painting has an abstract feel with the lines created by the buildings and their shadows and the vehicles tire marks in the sand.  I really enjoyed and had fun with this one.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Beach Ocean Landscape Contemporary Impressionist Oil Painting

"A Day on the Beach"
6"x6" oil on primed panel.

I set up a spot on the beach today and painted what I saw.  There is always a breeze on the beach, but I was able to keep everything from blowing away and really enjoyed sitting in the sand and painting.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lifeguard Chair Beach Ocean Daily Painting Heidi Malott

"Off Duty"
6"x6" oil on primed art panel

Sunset Beach Plein Air Painting Stroll Figure Palm Trees Contemporary Impressionism

"Sunset Stroll"
6"x6" oil on primed panel
Another plein air painting from my balcony.  The wind has been a little strong for painting right on the beach the last couple of days.  I am not complaining, the weather is wonderful!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Palm Trees Beach Contemporary Daily Painting


"Palms in the Wind"

6"x6" oil on artist panel.

A great place to be, sitting on the beach looking up at the palm trees.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Bouquet Floral Painting Impressionism

"Spring Bouquet"
6"x6" oil on primed artist panel

The photo of this painting may look a bit odd.  I honestly didn't have much time or patience to play around and get it just right.  The actual painting is a soft impression of some lovely spring flowers, however the lighting was a bit harsh and created a lot of shadows and may have washed out some of the subtleties.  I had fun playing around with this one.  Sometimes you need to do just that.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Iris Painting Contemporary Impressionism Heidi Malott

"Iris in a different Light"
6"x6" oil on artist panel

This painting look familiar?  Yes, it is very similar to yesterday's painting posted.  When I completed it, I really wanted to see those irises with a warmer background.  Unfortunately, I finished this painting after dark so I will have to re-photograph it in the daylight tomorrow, hope it's not cloudy.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Flowers Iris Garden Contemporary Impressionism Heidi Malott

"Grandmother's Iris Garden"
6" x 6" oil on artist panel.
One of my favorite flowers to paint.  I love the harmony of the silvery green leaves with the gorgeous colors of the flower.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Balloons to Heaven Daily Painting Clouds Sky


"Balloons to Heaven"
6"x6" primed panel

Many years ago, when my oldest son was quite young, we were leaving the zoo and he let go of his balloon.  Of course there were quite a few tears.  I tried to comfort him by telling him that his balloon probably floated all the way to heaven for someone to have.  It was a nice thought and seemed to make him feel a little better.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Impressionist Clouds Landscape Daily Oil Painting Heidi Malott

"Blustery Skies"
6"x6" oil on primed masonite artboard

Hah!  Interesting note (at least interesting to me :)  Are the clouds the white or the blue?  I didn't notices this quandry till I posted this painting.  The skies were actually a white overcast with the darker clouds rolling through, but now that I look at it, the reverse could work as well.  Interesting...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Summer Landscape Trees Contemporary Impressionism Daily Painting Heidi Malott

"Need a Little Green"
6" squared oil on primed masonite artboard
As the title suggests, after a very wintery winter, many of  us are longing for that lush green of summer.  I tried to express the many shades of green in this peaceful landscape.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Children Beach Ocean Contemporary Impressionism Heidi Malott

"Squeals of Delight"
6"x6" oil on primed masonite
One of my favorite things, children splashing in the surf.  I am happy with the soft "pastelness" of this painting.  Very fitting for the sweetness of child's play.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Impressionism Yellow Tulips in the Park Spring Flowers Daily Painting

"Yellow Tulips in the Park"
6"x6" oil on primed masonite artboard
We have many lovely parks in the city.  This is in Foster Park which offers golf, trails, tennis and beautiful gardens surrounded by woods and a river.  I always look forward to seeing the many spring bulbs and lilac bushes.  It is also a beautiful backdrop for senior pictures and weddings.