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!

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