Once again, I really struggled with getting a decent picture of a painting. Goodness. Wet paint, darks, warms and cools, my camera just couldn't do it all. Of course I am sure there is plenty lacking on the human side of things as well. Anyway, I am happier with the painting in person than this image.
Another larger piece from my usual 6x6. I also cannot remember the last time I have painted on canvas. These flowers grew right along the roadside and resembled mini sunflowers. Their yellow was complimented by the purples and blues of the elevations in the distance.
I know I have said this before, but after painting on the little 6 inch squared I can't get over how much bigger these 8 inch squared paintings look in comparison. I guess if you think about it a 6x6 is 36 square inches of surface area while an 8x8 is 64 square inches, so that is a considerable difference. whoa, that is about as far into math I am going to tread, haha.
I had to snap some shots of the sky while my husband and I were driving down the boulevard. We were out on a Friday shopping for mowers again, yeah, we're exciting like that. Anyway, the sky was amazing. This almost has an abstract feel to it. Very fun.
This ridge of poplar trees line a farmer's field. I love their silvery green leaves that flutter in the winds. I used to climb these as a kid till we climbed so high that we would sway and get chased down by the nearest wise adult.
It's true! You never know when inspiration will strike. Last week I was standing outside a store in the lawn and garden department while my husband was contemplating lawn mowers. Push mowers, self-propelled, zero turn, tractor... This was totally NOT my department so I very graciously agreed and nodded my head while my dear husband studied each one with intensity. Thankfully, he enjoys mowing and I have 3 sons that will mow in a pinch so again, not my department. I am so glad for the age of technology and had my phone with a camera. Because while I stood there patiently hoping he would find the information he wanted, the sun was starting to set and put on the most beautiful show in that huge boring parking lot and inspiration for today's painting. Now don't get me wrong, just because I don't like to mow the lawn, I do love to get my hands dirty raising vegetables in the garden all summer long ;)
Painting is observing those details that can be missed. I remember long ago as an art student how we were taught to never assume. For example the grass is green the sky is blue the tree trunk is brown etc. You must really look at what you are painting and look often. It can be easy to start painting and never look up from you painting. This will put you in auto-pilot and miss one of the things that inspired you to paint in the first place. Here in the early morning the sun was still low in the sky. The colors were so different at this moment than in 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 1 hour. So much to paint and so little time ;)