Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Contemporary Impressionism Summer Driving Original Art

"Summer Driving"
primed masonite 

I snapped this shot on a hot summer day last week.  We were on our way to a swimmin' hole to cool down.  I wanted to keep the feeling of the motion from cruising down the back roads in a convertible of course.  So I painted this alla prima (all at once) with lively brushstrokes and bold colors of a sunny summer day.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blue Heron Wetland Painting Original Impressionism

"Blue Heron"

Did you see the egret painting I did a couple days ago?  Well I saw this guy nearby.  He was quietly in search of lunch along the treeline.  I really could have sat there longer watching the birds walking through the tall grasses and flying in and out.  Good for the soul.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Impressionism Rural Alla Prima Oil Painting

"Rural Impressions"
6x6" oil
primed masonite panel

 The day was bright and clear and the clouds were moving quickly.  I knew I had to paint this rather quickly to capture the moment and keep the mood lively and fresh.

Monday, July 20, 2015

July Skies Road trip Painting


"July Skies"
Oil/primed  masonite 

Another road trip painting along the lush Midwest landscape in July.
The bright saturated color expresses the adventurous fun of  summer to me.

(reposted in 2017)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Egrets Along Eagle Marsh Wetlands Original Art

"Egrets along the Trail"

I guess this is the summer of rain for us.  I lost track of how many inches we have had after 15 inches in 30 days.  Between rain/storm showers we sneaked in a bicycle ride along the local trails.  Every thing is so lush.  I don't remember seeing so many wildflowers.  I had to stop and take pictures when I saw egrets in the tall grasses.  Did I mention the humidity was about 100%?

I used a new color on my palette today that really kicked my colors up a notch.  Do you see it?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Red Barn Brick Farmhouse Original Oil Paintings

"Welcome Home"
oil/primed masonite 

Every time I drive by this homestead I imagine having this awesome barn.  It has a loft with huge swing open doors in one end, an incredible place for  a studio. The evening sun was casting long shadows and the deep blues and greens complimented the warm reds of the barn  and brick farmhouse. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Impressionist Landscape After the Rain

"After the Rain"
6x6" oil
Midwest landscapes are never boring to me.  The vast view is ever-changing.   After a summer rainstorm the clouds broke up just in time for the beautiful glimpse of sunlight before it set.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Weekend Clouds Impressionist Landscape

"Weekend Clouds"
oil/primed masonite 

Yes, opposed to weekday clouds.  Everything is better on the weekend.  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Country Lane Landscape Oil Painting

"Country Lane"
oil/primed masonite 

Local farmstead in the early morning.  Another lesson in using thoughtful brushstrokes throughout.  Lay it in once and move on.  Keeping it fresh.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Black Angus Cow Painting

"Tall Grasses"
Oil/primed masonite 

Thank you to my daughter for taking pictures of this herd of cows in the hills of West Virginia.  My son and daughter were there for a week on a mission trip a few weeks ago for Habitat for Humanity.  

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Pier 60 Clearwater Beach Painting Florida

Pier 60

The white sands of Clearwater beach were actually darker than the sky at dusk.  During the day the sand is much brighter than the sky.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Clearwater Beach Florida Painting Umbrella

Clearwater in June
oil/primed masonite 

I was just in Clearwater last week for my sister's wedding.  My husband and I had lunch at Frenchy's and enjoyed some beach time.  Of course I took many pictures with my phone to inspire future paintings.