Still dreaming of spring in my studio...30 degrees outside with snow on the ground. This painting is of a lupine field in my hometown. If you've never been to Maine in June and seen the lupines in bloom, it is a sight to behold....along every roadside, meadow, hill...just covered with purple, white and pink. And that indescribable smell...like pepper mixed with the sweetest, freshest mountain air.
again, the orange underpainting with the darks blocked in...
I apologize for my lack of posting lately...It's crunch time here getting ready for my upcoming art show. Here's some progression photos of a painting I've been working on. This painting is from an apple orchard in Knox Farm State Park, a lovely place literally right around the corner from my house.
I paint the canvas orange to start... bits of it will show through here and there in the end and give a nice, glowing effect. Shadows are blocked in at this point.
I spent 4 months in Western Australia in 2006 with my family...what an amazing place that is. So vast, so wild. This painting was from a photo my husband took in the central desert region. People throw around the term "middle of nowhere" quite freely but this place literally fits the description. Hundreds of miles from anything...just desert and the unbelievably vast sky.
Here I've blocked in the shadows and started on the sky. I painted the canvas pink to start, hoping a bit will show through and give it a glow.
the sky is finished....I just love this time of the evening.
"Bush Campsite" 24 x 30 inches oil on canvas private collection
As promised, here are my ice-storm inspired posies. I used Caran D'Ache neocolor II crayons to make these...I love these crayons, the colors are extremely vivid, water soluable, and best of all, you can go light over dark with the colors. Fun for quick paintings with lots of energy.
"poppies 2" 9 x 12 inches ~ crayon on watercolor paper sold
"lilies" 9 x 12 inches ~ crayon on watercolor paper
"sunflowers" 9 x 12 inches ~ crayon on watercolor paper sold
We're getting an ice storm tonight...with possibly 3/4 of inch of ice. plus sleet. Yesterday it was 63 degrees. Go figure. I'm just ignoring this ice business and painting flowers. I splurged this year and bought 3 giant amaryllis bulbs, 'floris hecker' is the variety. They peaked around Valentine's day. The flowers had the most amazing, intense reds, I felt like I should have thrown a party to celebrate them. Here are a few pictures. Next post: some new flower paintings.