Thursday, September 30, 2010

Autumn Rose

 This is a palette knife painting done for Dana Marie's Inspiration All Around Us challenge. When I saw her photo of this lovely pale pink rose, it was just a subject that I immediately wanted to paint. I love the simplicity and color of such a beautiful rose.

6"x6" acrylics on linen

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Little Green Frog

There is a pond on our property - actually there are two - one in the back pasture, but there is one in the flower garden near the house, that is home to many of these little green croakers. (There were several fish, but I think the herons and king fishers got them all). This one has been living in a planter on the deck just outside my bedroom window. It is fun to listen to his serenade during the summer evenings, along with the crickets, night birds and occasionally an owl or coyote's song. I am going to miss them, especially this little guy, when winter sets in, the ponds freezes over, and it is too cold for them. Don't know where they go but come spring they're there again.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Oregon Coast

There is hardly a more beautiful place on earth, in my opinion, than the Oregon coastline. It is wild, protected, and scenic. I have so many photos of it, that it was hard to choose a few to put up on my blog. Many are paintings waiting to happen.
This first picture is of the central coast. I love the patterns in the sand and the grassy slope (click on image to enlarge to see detail better); and how the shoreline fades off into the mist.

This is a photo of Haceta Head Lighthouse. There is a wonderful old lighthouse keepers dwelling a short hike away. There are many old lighthouses along the coast, some still in operation, like this one.

Sunset near Florence and the north jetty. Because of the ever changing weather conditions you can always expect a spectacular sunset.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010


Jordin-Leigh turns 13. Instead of a birthday card, I painted her portrait with acrylics on a watercolor 140# postcard (4"x6") to send to her. This is the 2nd of my PostArt series.

In an effort to learn portrait painting, I decided to begin with friends and relatives and hope they are understanding of the somewhat less than professional look as I learn.  Although I see that I will have to make my next effort on a smoother surfaced support. This watercolor paper, made to hold little pockets of paint for texture, is a bit too rough. Rather then shadows, her skin looks blotchy in this photo - though not so much on the original painting.
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Autumn Glory

To me the forest always seems as serene and peaceful as a church. With that image in mind, I painted this for Jen's Rookiepainter challenge of fall leaves - to reflect the feel of a stainglass window backlit by a waning summer sun, with bare stylized limbs free of their leafy burden. The falling leaves, turning in color and the breeze are a glorious silent hymn.

9"x6" acrylic on linen paper
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Alpine Laurel

This is the first in my postcard (4"x6") series. When I travel, I take pictures which I am going to paint into what I call PostArt. The flowers in this painting grow in the Montana and Canadian rockies - probably elsewhere, but this is where I saw them and photographed them. They are one of many beautiful species that grow in alpine meadows and mountain sides.

Acrylic painted on 140# acid free premium watercolor paper.
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Royal Gala Apple

This was painted for Paint and Draw Together Sept. challenge. It is a palette knife painting 6"x8" acrylic on linen.  The colors in the painting are a bit more vibrant then what you see here, especially the turning leaves. I loved doing this still life - first time for an apple.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Morning Light

This is one of the few watercolor paintings I have done. The scene is a mix of a place near my home (the birch woods) done en plein air; and a photo I took at Glacier National Park of a deer in the morning light coming through the trees.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Grand Canyon Sunset

I painted this landscape from the photograph (below), that was the inspiration. Moved the trees to show more of the sky. In the actual painting more of the foreground is visible. (Maybe one of these days I'll figure out the technology involved in getting good pics of my paintings). I took the photo while camping at the Grand Canyon's North Rim. A thunderstorm followed shortly after I snapped the picture, with a chorus of yips and howling from a pack of coyotes that live in the canyon - accompanying this spectacular scene with their song. It was glorious.

I painted this picture for Dana's Silhouette Challenge on Inspiration All Around Us. It is 8"x10" acrylic on Canvas

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Color Becomes You

Not sure how I feel about the way this painting turned out. I was  experimenting with layers of acrylic paint applied with palette knife, to build up the colors which allows to them to seemingly float over each other rather than blending. It was done for Calypso Moon Artist Sept. challenge where the painter must submit a self-portrait (painted from a mirror not a photo) done in vibrant primary colors. I am older than what I painted myself to look like - didn't do it on purpose - maybe it's a subconscious image I have of myself. I am always surprised to see an older person staring back out at me from a mirror. Sometimes I even wonder what my mother is doing in there... in any event this is how I feel - young and  immersed in the colors of Life.

I am not a portrait artist but would like to learn, in the mean time I will continue to experiment with different techniques, including this one.
8"x10" acrylic on canvas
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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Spotted Pig

This painting was done for Bill Guffey's The Virtual Paintout challenge for September, which 'virtually' takes place on Manhattan Island, NY through Google Street Search. Took me a long time to find just the right scene (as usual), but I like the way it turned out. It was done mostly with palette knife in acrylics on 8"x10" canvas board.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Swiss Barn

This is Lee Brown's A Day Not Wasted Sept. Challenge Painting.

An old fashion Swiss Barn. I love the chickens running out from under the barn. Lee must have scared them when he took this picture.

It is an 8"x10" acrylic on canvas
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Hefeweizen with Lemon

Jen's Rookiepainter Challenge for September is a lemon and wedge still life. I was just looking at the picture on a warm afternoon trying to see how to paint it, when this image came to mind. Actually I first thought of a pretty teacup with lemon, but something cold sounded better, and this is my favorite beer.

6"X8" palette knife acrylic on linen.
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