A change of pace. I don't remember the last time I have painted a dragonfly. I just love these little creatures. They seem like such an anomaly don't they? Their iridescent colors and aeronautical design, amazing! Anyway, gardening season is upon us and I would like to do more garden related paintings so I will keep this in mind while I am pulling weeds.
The clouds were rolling by quickly on this brisk spring day. The new greens are really starting to pop. This was a fun and a fast paced painting with thin washes and thin layers of color. You will have to trust me on this, the picture here does not do the original painting justice. The colors have more subtle shifts of color and the value has more contrast. The blues don't look so glowing, more realistic or atmospheric. I gave up trying to take a better one. Maybe when the painting is dry I will try again. :)
I used one small brush for this painting. The size of the brush I grab for a painting, I find, really does dictate the direction of a piece. I hold the long handled brush at the end and paint at arms length with out bending the wrist. This keeps me from getting caught up in the details throughout the painting. Then at the very end I may use the small brush a bit more like a pencil and put in a bit of detail, like here in the trees and a wisp here and there in the clouds.
With a larger or wider brush, my favorite, the painting has broader, bolder brushstrokes that really help keep me from getting to tight with details. If you look through my paintings you can really see if I used a large or small brush. Very rarely do I use more than one size brush in a painting. Not to say there is a right or wrong way, just a preference of mine.
I am really glad to be back at the easel. I felt quite rusty at first but I now feel like I am getting back into a rhythm. The kids will be out of school in about a month so I will try to keep up this pace. Looking ahead, my June and July is so chock full with graduations, weddings, enjoying the kid's time off etc. My goal is to carve out a bit of painting time throughout the long awaited summer season.
Who doesn't find a front porch relaxing? Especially if there is a porch swing and maybe a glass of ice tea. I am so ready for summer. I painted this in my studio today for it is very windy and rainy outside. This scene is from some reference pics I took in my neck of the woods last summer.
This is why I never tire of painting. Each one is a journey and even if you paint the same subject matter numerous times they can still take on a life of their own. Once I am inspired to paint scene I go about it with my usual technical aspects of creating a painting but then, as if switching gears, the process of painting seems to move on from the technical side and on to a more creative side that gives the painting a mood or feeling. I know that may sound hokey, but I honestly think that is what inspires me to pick up a brush year after year. Of course some paintings don't turn out well, or I get complete "painter's block" on occasion, but after many years I have learned to enjoy the process or journey whatever the outcome.
I love the warm colors of the sand and the figures against the cool blues of the ocean.
For some reason, probably a mix of human error and digital technology the blues are not as teal as the original painting. If I figure it out I will post a better picture. If you like this, I think you would be more pleased with it in person.
After a much needed break from a long cold, snowy winter, I am back in the studio feeling refreshed and ready to paint. Too much time has passed since I have posted anything online.
This view is from the beach looking up to the sunset behind the seawall. My camera does not do the yellows justice. In person, they are a warmer yellow orange. Thanks for stopping by. I hope Spring is bringing warmer weather your way!