Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Autumn Fall Daily Painting Heidi Malott

"Pumpkin Patch"
6x6" oil on gesso art panel

What a fun day.  Today was field trip day for about 100 kindergartners.  An apple orchard, a pumpkin patch, lunch in the park and a very long bus ride.  Needless to say I am exhausted.  I will retake the picture for this, the paint is still wet and it is to dark out to get a better pic.  Darn, the painting looks so much better in person.  I will try to get a better image so you might want to check back on my blog later.  I am very happy how this turned out.  Not too fussy, not overdone.  Essence of pumpkin .  Goodnight all!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Paris Park Jardin des Tuileries Daily Painting Heidi Malott

"Strolling the Gardens"

I can hardly wrap my brain around the fact that this garden has been around since the 1500's.  I am going to have to do some research on some of the many paintings that have been done at the Tuileries Garden over the centuries.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Morning Fog Landscape Mist Contemporary Impressionism

"Morning Fog Lifts"
6x6" oil on primed panel

Fall weather is setting in.  Even on the warmer days the night temperature dips.  This makes for a foggy mist out on the fields.  I am enjoying painting this time of day. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sunrise through the Woods Daily Oil Painting Heidi Malott

"Morning Coffee Sunrise"
6x6" oil on gesso artboard

I sipped my coffee at the kitchen sink trying to wake up.  The usual morning ritual.  I was greeted by the sunrise shining gracefully through the woods.  Even though I knew the day ahead would be a hectic one this glorious sunrise humbly reminded me to count my blessings. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Silhouetted Water Tower Sunset Landscape Daily Oil Painting

"Well's County Water Tower"
6x6" oil on gesso art panel

No matter where you are a sunset is beautiful.  I caught this scene on the way to the Bluffton Street Fair last Friday.  
Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Canadian Geese Fly South Landscape

"Signs of Fall"
6x6" oil on gesso panel

The geese heading south in a "v" formation is a sign that summer is almost over.  Another sign, although not so picturesque, is my garden, dried and dead.  I didn't finish this painting till late, so there wasn't enough natural light to get a good picture of this painting.  I may have to re post a better one soon. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Moon Rural Landscape Harvest Field Original Art

"Early Autumn Moon"
6x6" oil on gesso panel

In what seems to be overnight the fields look ready for harvest.  I love the colors in thr dried soybean fields against the moon rise.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Paris Cafe Le Beaujolais Daily Oil Painting Heidi Malott

"Le Beaujolais"
6x6" oil on primed panel

Who doesn't love a Paris cafe?  I enjoyed doing the rich darks and reds here along side the glorious grays.  Wish you could see it in person, the photo does not give the deep colors justice...phooey. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Garnier's Paris Opera Impressionist Painting Heidi Malott

"Visiting the Paris Opera Garnier"
6x6" oil on gesso panel

First, I must thank my dear cousin, Mary Kay, for sharing photos of her recent travels to France.  When my youngest has flown from the nest I plan to travel to Europe and paint to my heart's content.  

This amazing opera house was built in 1860.  One of my favorite artists, Degas, found his inspiration here for his stunning ballet paintings.  If you get a chance, check out an image of this opera house, it is breathtaking.  Here, I chose to focus on a more intimate image of a tourist on the steps of  The Paris Opera.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rooster Chicken Paintings Contemporary Daily Art Heidi Malott

"Mr. Wiggins"


6x6" oil on gesso art panel

Some days I get overwhelmed, usually by things outside of painting.  When this happens I have to ride it out.  One thing that helps is to hit the "reset" button.  Go back to my familiar and one of those things is painting roosters or chickens.  Ha!  So when you see these little guys that is usually what this means.  I just reread the other day something from one of my all time favorite painters (Kevin Macpherson)  basically he says:  You may find that you paint boldly some days and other days delicately this is a good thing and it keeps your process from becoming a formula.  Hopefully this feisty guy will get me back in the groove. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the Ends of the Earth Sunset Contemporary Small Paintings Heidi Malott

"To the Ends of the Earth"
6x6" oil on gesso board

Sometimes we may take for granted the amazing "show" in the sky that is put on everyday.  Some of course are more spectacular than others.  For instance this sunset almost seemed to take on a swirling life of its own, very mesmerizing.  It almost appears to represent a globe with countries and oceans morphing in the sky.  Almost makes me dizzy.  Ok, I will stop talking now :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Friday Night Football High School Sketch Oil Painting Heidi Malott

"Friday Night Football"
6x6" oil on gesso board

While sitting in the stands at my kid's high school football game, I couldn't help notice how beautiful everything was with the beautiful backdrop of the sky at sunset.  I took out my phone and took pictures.  A lady next to me asked if we had a child playing.  I told her no, my kids are here with friends and I just couldn't resist taking a pic of the gorgeous sky.  but, I thought to my nerdy self, this would make a great painting.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunrise First Light of Morning Landscape Heidi Malott


"First Light of the Morning"
6x6" oil on primed artboard

Sometimes a painting paints itself, when that happens you enjoy the moment.  Everything you've learned over the years seems to jump into place; the technical, the creative, the sensitivity, the feeling.  However, many times are a learning experience.  Sometimes things just don't flow, you may have to scrape the panel and start over.  I did this a few times with the tree and foreground almost to the point of saying forget it.  I am glad I stayed patient, I am happy with that darn tree now.  
Have a Lovely Weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rural Living Country Roads and Fields Landscape Heidi Malott

"Rural Living"
6x6" oil on primed artboard

Soybeans to the left of me and cornfields to the right.  It is very easy to fall into the trap of getting caught up in the details of a field.  I try to capture them in as few well meaning strokes as I can but enough to read well.  My favorite part is the subtleties of the sky of this lazy hazy summer day.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Morning Skies & Cornfields Daily Oil Painting Heidi Malott

"Morning Skies & Cornfields"
6x6" oil on gesso artboard

I was taking my Kindergartner to school yesterday and asked him to take my phone and snap away and the beautiful sunrise.  My only request is that he get the ground and the sky in them.  When I got home I was thrilled to see he took some very inspiring pics.  Thanks Kiddo!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Beauty in the Mundane" Railroad Crossing Daily Paintings Heidi Malott

"Taking the Backroads"
6x6" oil on gesso board

Driving home from a wedding reception, we chose to take the backroads.  I had my camera out and was snapping away as usual.  It was a hot, muggy day.  The skies looked heavy like they could open up and rain any minute.  For some reason this "spoke" to me.  I am happier with this one in person than I am of this digital image but I think this comes close.  Anyway, the lighting, the lines, the greens, the Queen Anne's Lace growing along this intersection grabbed my attention.  Let me know what ya think.  I love to hear if something strikes you when you least expect it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Woman on Beach at Sunset Dusk Series Heidi Malott Oil Paintings

"Beach Stroll at Dusk"
6x6 oil on masonite

I love the soft pastels right after the sun slips below the horizon.  Those blues, pinks, lavenders, oh my!  God's palette is beyond what I can describe or even try to capture on canvas.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Dusk Landscape Blues Original Oil Painting Heidi Malott

"Dusk Blues"
6x6 oil on gesso artboard

A third in my dusk series.  This is that moment when the sun slips below the horizon and the blues and lavender of the night wash the landscape.  I never tire of watching the sunset...sigh.
Have an Awesome weekend and God Bless!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Driving Country Road at Dusk Sunset Original Art Heidi Malott

"Country Road at Dusk"
6x6" oil on gesso board

I just love the richness of color as the dusk slips into night.  Almost a melancholy feeling in a good way!  On this painting I worked with texture and allowing a portion of the dark under-painting become an important part of the darker objects in the scene.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Beach Sunrise Palm Trees Original Art Heidi Malott

"Balcony, Early Morning"
6x6 oil on gesso board

Yep, I am jumping around from one subject to another.  Keeps things fresh.  One thing I love about these little paintings one and done!  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Horse Amish Farm Shipshewana Daily Oil Painting Heidi Malott

"Misty Morning"
6x6" oil on gesso board

This beautiful work horse was on a farm in Amish country.  The cold misty morning made the atmosphere so soft and beautiful.