Somehow the whole month of November went by without a post. I finished this painting a couple of weeks ago and didn't post it until now - December 1st! I'm continuing to work on finding that balance between realism and painterly interpretation. Below is my set-up in my studio.
Last summer, we made a quick trip to San Diego, where my husband and I were born and raised. We visited one of our favorite places, Seal Beach. This little seal was dozing off and every few seconds would his body would jerk and he would awaken. I guess it's a natural instinct for protection against preditors, but what a very restless way to sleep!
I painted some produce and leaves to try to remind me that it's Fall here in Texas, where the daily high temps are still close to 90 degrees. We don't have the brilliant colors I grew accustomed to in Ohio, so I'll make up for it with by painting a bright orange pumpkin and yellow squash.
I recently painted this scene on a hot afternoon in the Texas hill country. A friend and I stood in the shade of a gazebo on a nature preserve while painting. When we had first arrived, the vegetation appeared quite dull and dried out, but we managed to find inspiration and beauty around us.
Reflection of the Setting Sun, 12 x 12, oil on canvas
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Yesterday, September 21st, was the International Day of Peace and the opening of a show, Square Foot of Peace, at a local college, University of Mary Hardin Baylor. I was invited to create a painting that portrayed my thoughts on peace, and this is the painting I submitted for the show. If you are in the area, please consider visiting this exhibit - maybe you will experience a few moments of peace while viewing some art.
Landscape studies of Scott Christensen paintings, 8 x 8, 8 x 10, oil
One of the best ways to improve my paintings is to have a goal that pushes me to paint more. I recently applied to and was accepted into the Burnet Plein Air Art Festival, coming up in September! So, I am preparing by practicing landscape painting techniques. These 2 paintings were done while watching a painting demonstration DVD by Scott Christensen. I painted along with him and I learned a great deal about his technique for mixing harmonious colors using a limited color palette of white, yellow, blue, and red, along with 5 grays, mixed from various combinations of these colors. There is so much to learn from other artists, and through DVDs and YouTube videos, learning from very talented artists is more accessible than ever before.
Thank you for viewing my art and sharing this journey with me.