"Spring Break, Early Morning" 6x6" oil on primed art board
This is a "wish you were here" painting. We are not in Florida this spring. Thankfully we are having warm weather here in the Midwest. There is plenty of outdoor work to do, my garden is already full of weeds. I don't even mind, it feels so good to be outside.
The weather is confusing, but I will take it. Spring has entered with summer weather. Today got up to 80! It has been about 25 degrees above normal temps for a couple weeks and will be for at least another week. I thought it would be a nice reminder that we are not having our usual weather. This painting is from March, about five years ago.
Another reason I am posting a painting from my archive special is because I attempted to paint today and after all my work it was a scraper. These days can be disappointing. But I have to remember that it will pass and these "blocks" are temporary. Here's to another day!
I think my creativity had drained by the time I was trying to title this painting. My daughter looked at my post and said, dripping with sarcasm, "way to state the obvious" mom. I laughed and told her that is what happens when you help your husband build a garden shed, run many errands including getting said daughter's haircut, buying paint , painting the shed floor, making lunch, sweeping the dirt clods in the entryway at least 4 times, keeping one eye on the toddler, finishing today's painting and a few more things that I am too tired to remember. So "Seagulls at Sunset" it is. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Have fun and stay safe
Kelley MacDonald posted the donut challenge this week. Oh dear, what a challenge of willpower. Why did I pick my favorite donut to paint? Why? I have to say, I think this is the first time I have tried to paint a donut. Thanks for the challenge Kelley.
oh, did I eat that donut, you ask? You betcha! Much faster than I painted it.
I mentioned in yesterday's post that I would focus on the horse in the challenge on Daily Paintworks after working on just the landscape. Painting something out of my comfort zone was a challenge. I love horses, but rarely draw or paint them. I am disappointed in my photograph. The highlights on the horse are warmer indicating the early morning sun. I have already spent too much time trying to correct it. So this will do for now. Thank you for posting the challenge Carol, I really enjoyed it.
"A New Day" sold Daily Paintworks Challenge 6x6" oil on primed masonite
I think this is the first online "challenge" I have participated in. One very nice thing about a challenge is the idea is laid out for you one way or another. This works great for those days where you are just not sure what you want to paint. Some days I can spend more time trying to figure out what to paint than actually painting and since my time is oh so limited I love the idea of a painting challenge. This one comes from a photograph by Carol Marine on http://www.dailypaintworks.com/Challenge/07405BA5-CC99-4620-8C29-E84FAF4F2B89
The picture is a horse in a beautiful landscape and like Carol mentions you could paint the horse in this landscape or just the landscape, or just the horse, I guess. I think I will try painting the horse later this week. Thanks for the "challenge" Carol.
This was one of those paintings that I could just keep tweaking it here and there, I had to tell myself to stop and leave it alone :D
Honestly, I could paint a couple different layouts from this photo. The ideas are endless. If you follow the link you can see what I mean. It is fun to see the different artist's interpretations.
"Crab Apple Blossoms" 6x6" oil on primed masonite 2012
At our old house we had the most beautiful crab apple tree I have ever seen. That tree was at least 50 years old. Our kids loved to climb up into that tree and just sit on a branch enclosed in blooms. We would dance under it, when the breeze kicked up the petals would rain down on us. We would laugh about how it looked like snow at the beginning of summer
sold "My Favorite Song" high texture from 2008 $80
I have to admit, I am amazed at how poorly I have photographed some of my older paintings. I am glad to go back and change a few. Most I will just change and not re-post. This painting is eligible for my special pricing on paintings posted from 2006-2008. You can find the details at the right.
"Baby Pineapple" previously posted in 2007 6x6 Oil on primed masonite
I am occasionally retaking photos of some older artwork that I feel the photos may not represent them well enough. As you can see this is a highly textured painting. I love when the brushstrokes seem to have a life of their own. When you can see that the image was "built" in a series of thick brushstrokes. Nice and chunky, like pineapple...
sold Original post 2008 6x6" oil on primed masonite
Just like yesterday's post I wanted to show a better representation of some of my older paintings. I remember my first digital camera was used back then. My novice ways left much room for improvement. This is one of my favorite paintings. The setting sun seem to turn the trees of autumn ablaze. Since this painting was done in 2008 it is now part of the special I am offering on older paintings.