When I took the pictures for this painting it was Spring and the swans were nesting. They ruffled their feathers when I came near. I assumed that was normal but was later told they had a nest nearby. It made for great pictures.
A glass artist friend of mine made this apple and I had it sitting near a window, when it caught my eye. The colors of green that was the glass apple and the colors that are reflections from the window and making the composition work with just one object was what I had to work out before I began.
I had asked a young man who owned several Arabians if I could take pictures of them for reference. He took them out into a round pen and they just ran. It was great. I turned the camera on continuous shots and followed the stallions. I am gratefull for the opportunity to take these photos, he even gave me a copy of his photos. As a child I would draw horses and they were always in action. I loved the action in the paintings of Frederick Remington.
6x6 inch oil on canvas affixed to a masonite panel $50 Buy
Paint this image using only burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and titanium white. That's it. No other colors. With that combo you can have it look pretty darn close to a full color painting by achieving a wide array of values and temperatures.
With the paint I had left over I painted this horse.
My first drawings were of horses. Even though I have painted them all my life I go back and practice painting them like you would warm up before a painting. Drawing like anything in life you have to practice at but like riding a bicycle it comes back. This is the first of a series of four I will post.
This 6 inch x 6 inch was one of three magnolias that I had to paint from photos. This is another subject that gets me in the mood for Spring. Unfortunately the magnolia flowers around here bloom and die before the leaves come out.
This is the rough sketch for a portrait of my grandaughter Hannah. Usually I work from my own reference material but my daughter took a great picture. Besides when I am with them I would prefer to just be grandma and enjoy them.
I could not have a blog without including one of my watercolors. Even though it is mostly transparent watercolor, in the background I used white acrylic paint when the background became too dark and muddy. I would use masking tape around the edges and when I took it off I had a nice clean line which looked good with only one matboard. My passion for drawing horses when I was younger helped me develope my skills.
Watercolor on 140 lb. watercolor paper, image size 6x7.5 matted to 13x17 metal frame. $175 Buy this painting
I found this scene while driving, I often stop along the road to take photos especially on bridges where the view of the water from above is inspiring. I noticed that when a semi goes over a bridge you can feel it shake, that makes me rethink how important that picture really was. When the weather gets better I am going to drag my easel and paints and trudge down the river bank to set up for some plein air painting. Although I love to paint snow, doing it from photos just doesn't reveal the subtle color variations of nature.
I ate all the red apples so the green had to do for this setup.
This was more for the practic matching the circle shapes in the vase. I may have to keep at it. I think I should have started out drawing all the round shapes in the vase first on my rough sketch rather than the shape of the vase.
I have painted this tree 5 times. Four of them watercolor paintings, so it is only natural that I would try it in oil. The park was closed so I had to walk to the location in the fresh snow to get photos.
This painting and several others will be auctioned off to benefit the Fort Madison Area Arts Association on April 9th. Fort Madison, Iowa, Comfort Inn and Suites.
The eyes on this young girl is what inspired me to paint her. I have done portraits in watercolor previous to this but I felt that oil would give me that intense brown for her eyes. The background is made up of a mixture of paint left on the pallette. This gives a nice neutral.