Monday, January 26, 2015

Fresh Cut Flowers Paris Streets Daily Painting Heidi Malott

not for sale
"Fresh Cut Flowers for my Love"

8x8" oil on primed masonite

My dear cousin, Mary Kay, took a picture of this elderly gentlemen on the streets of Paris.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Near the Painted Desert Southwest Series 3 of 3 Oil Impressionism

"Painted Desert"

6x6" oil on masonite

This is the last of my 3 day Southwest series.  I have to say, though, that I may continue to do some more later this week.  The desert makes me think of one my favorite painters, Edgar Payne.  His desert paintings are stunning.  If you haven't seen his work check it out on Google, you wont be disappointed.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tending Her Chickens Daily Oil Paintings Heidi Malott


"Tending Her Chickens"

6x6" oil on masonite

Painting chickens make me smile.  The silly little things running to and fro.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sunset on the Rails Railroad Crossing Landscape Rural Impressionism Oil Painting

"Sunset on the Rails"

6x6" oil on masonite panel

This scene could be quite mundane for some.  But, to me, just about anything in the warm glow of the setting sun is quite beautiful.  

Railroad crossings, especially today unfortunately, are nothing more than an inconvenience to most.  Having to wait on the train with a million things to do.  But, to some of us the memories of days past, when the train transformed transportation.  I am of a younger generation.  A steam locomotive was quite rare to see actually going down the tracks.  Boy, when it did, you knew it.  The deep rumble and that whistle.  No mistaking that sound.  I get goose bumps thinking about it.  The rails will always be romantic to me.  Of course, I am a boilermaker's daughter, whose dad shared his love for the steam engine.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Overachiever Skies Landscape Impressionism

"The Overachiever"

6x6" oil on masonite

Sometimes it is too easy to get caught up in the detail of what you are "recording" especially in plein air painting.  This one of course is not on location today (snowy January) but alla prima.  When I finished I stepped back to realize there was one cloud much larger than the others.  hmm..if I were more aware at the moment I might of consciously changed it.  I still could change it, but I would hate to discriminate

Friday, January 16, 2015

Winter Road Snowy Landscape Small Daily Oil Paintings

"Winter Road"

6x6" oil on masonite panel

The colors of winter or should I say lack of.  With less color this time of year, you are challenged to really look at the variation in what is there.  Most times, especially with overcast skies, people complain of the dreary, gray winter days.  The lack of sun can make one feel down, but if you go out and look away from the gross, slushy, gray parking lots, there is a beauty of winter like no other time of year.  Stay warm!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Contemporary Impressionism Summer Country Road Original Oil Painting

"Summer Country"

6x6 oil on masonite panel

I am pleased with this little one.  Mostly because it is one of my favorite subjects, my familiar...rural landscapes in the summer.  I am like the warm colors against the cool sky and road.  The simplified yet still interesting quadrants of this square layout.  Sometimes they just come together with joy and you have to savor those moments because the process of a painting is not always as joyous, more times than not they can be a struggle and learning experience!  This was on our way to the lake for a camping weekend last summer.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rural Impressions Skies Landscapes Heidi Malott

"Rural Impressions"

6x6 oil on masonite

You may have noticed similarities in the brushwork of the last few paintings.  I have been playing around with a small brush with a long handle rather than the medium to larger brushes I usually use.  I have been trying to stand back with arm extended holding the brush like an extension of my arm rather than tightly like a pencil and using the wrist.   These technical things make a difference.  Keeps the work loose and free.  With the smaller brush, however, slows me down a bit to fill that panel with thoughtful yet playful strokes.  The brushstrokes felt like individual musical notes coming together to form one shape.   I am having fun putting more thought into these things and letting the paint fly!  Helps to keep things fresh.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Light of Dawn Impressionism Landscape Daily Paintings

"Light of Dawn"

6x6" oil on masonite

I am trying to stick with the minimum of brushstrokes here and still capture the quickly moving clouds and changing light.  The pink light of the sunrise was on the dew of the grass for mere minutes then gone in an instant

Friday, January 9, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Barn at Dusk Daily Oil Painting

"Barn at Dusk"

6x6 oil on gesso primed masonite panel

A challenge in light and dark of dusk.  The sky was still quite bright and the almost silhouetted subjects had lovely color in the dark shadows.  Of course getting a decent pic of this is a challenge in itself.  In reality the painting has lovely greens and the blue doesn't "glow" as much as it is here in the foreground.  This was a fun exercise. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chickens and Apples Original Little Oil Painting

"Chicken and Apples"

6x6" oil on gesso primed masonite

The shadow of a century old barn gave reprieve to the chickens from the hot summer sun.  I am sure they thought they died and went to heaven when some old apples were cast their way.  I had fun with this one.  I love these silly little animals!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Summer Impression Blustery Afternoon Heidi Malott Daily Paintings

"Blustery Afternoon"

6x6 oil on gesso primed masonite

A fleeting moment one day last summer now becomes a sweet memory this cold day in January.  The warm gusts of wind were blowing the tall grasses like the waves on the ocean, very mesmerizing.
Stay warm out there!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Beachcombers Impressionism Oceanscape Figurative Heidi Malott

"The Beachcombers"

6x6 oil on gesso primed masonite

Yeah, this isn't in my neck of the woods...a girl can dream can't she?

My favorite time on the beach.  When the sun, about to set, casts it's golden rays.