This was first painted without the smile, but the volunteer smiled a lot so I made a slight adjustment to make a smile. He was very friendly and outgoing. He volunteers at a lot of organizations. He is representing the food pantry and I can see how he would make you feel comfortable whatever your position. I felt I had to post something and will replace this again when I finish the shirt.
We went out on an old bridge to paint today. Off in the distance you can see the new bridge. The views all around were beautiful. The ice is starting to melt leaving small pools of water in the snow covered part of the river. That combined with the shadows made a nice composition. The tough part of the scene was painting the bare trees. I'll have to work on that.
10" x 8" oil on canvas
This is the bridge, courtesy of Google earth images. This is probably how it looked the day we were there.
This is a large painting based on a previous study. I reworked it especially with the cattle in front trying to give it depth and scale. This is painted for the upcoming auction in support of the local art center. I asked a few artists what to donate and they suggested that my snow scenes would not be popular after this tough winter. So a nice summer scene it is.
This is after editing. I changed the eyes to work with what I had in the photos. Added the plaid shirt.
This was after the 2 hour painting session. I decided to use a horizontal format because of the cowboy hat. I took photos that I will use to refine the finished painting. Loved the cowboy hat. Obviously this is a volunteer from the local rodeo committee.
Tanking photo from the car again. This was mostly grays. When we started out driving that day there was sun casting wonderful blue shadows on the snow. This scene was more challenging. With a little creative license I added color.
12" x 9" oil on canvas
I paint on preprimed canvas without support so that I can crop an image as needed. I do think this one might be better as a 12" x 6"
Usually I have to move cattle around to get the best composition. Sometimes a photo works perfect as is and this was perfect except for the blue thingy. My husband asks me why they were hanging around a dog house. I tried to look it up on the internet assuming it was a water heater or feeder. I couldn't find it but I am just going to call it a water heater. That fits better with my title play on the words about hanging around the water cooler.
I was driving and my artist friend Jessica, took the photo reference from the window of the car. That explains why the cattle were not staring at us. Just the right lighting. I still had to edit the photo and move the cattle around. I love painting snow in shadow where throwing in blues and purples adds to the color scheme.
I attended a demo and this was available for purchase Notice the handles that were made for those of us who need extra leverage when turning knobs. This is the "Lammert Paint Box & Canvas
The box measures roughly 17"x 13" closed. Weight is 7 lbs. This includes the glass palette.
(With around 10 tubes of paint....9 lbs.)
Here shows the inside of paint box. The Glass palette (painted gray on the back
side) has velcro strips on each corner.
These will hold the glass in place when the box is vertical.
Left of the palette (shown here) is area for holding tubes
of paint when traveling. Shown here is a
cardboard insert. This fills the space between paint tubes and top lid while
carrying the case vertically. (Keeps
them from moving around all over the place.)
In right lid.....elastic straps for holding brushes in place
while traveling. Here we've shown a
bungee chord on the left. I use this in
my box to hold paper towels in place .
Glass palette and cardboard insert is included with box
This picture shows how the middle divider can be
removed. The box is deep enough to hold
a Sennelier 120 half stick Soft
Pastel box set in place while the box is
The Canvas Holder closed..... ready to carry!
Canvas Holder is able to hold a board or stretched canvas up to 21" tall.
The holders are 12" in length so they will hold from a
small canvas to a much wider one safely in place. (guessing...24" or
The 1/4" wood insert is for a tripod mount (camera
mount on tripod)
Here's the set up on an Artwork Essentials tripod.
Gin is now taking orders to make this box/easel set
for anyone interested in a light weight,
fast, mobile painting set up. (tripod not included) See it on Gin's blog
Annie volunteers at the local PAWS animal shelter. She sorts and redeems the refundable cans, plastic and glass bottles. This helps maintain the shelter. Annie has been doing this for over 2 years and has put in countless hours. Her Puggle Lizzie is of course her rescue dog.