Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tuscan Rooftops

So I paint everyday for at least an hour and as of today, I haven't completed one in two weeks.  I have 6 paintings in various stages, some waiting for the paint to dry a little, others where I don't know the best way to complete them.  I'm am so happy this is an advocation and not a vocation.  If I don't have anything finished and for sale, but it isn't a problem.  It's a luxury I enjoy; to explore the process of painting.
This painting is from a trip to Tuscany.  I love the rooftops with all the various colors.  I'm getting ready for a trip to Sicily in a few weeks and can't wait to see the contrast between Tuscany and Sicily.

Tuscan Rooftops
12 x 16 
Oil on Canvas Board
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rio at Big Bend

Big Bend is a beautiful wilderness.  It is part of the Chihuahuan desert, the desert I live in in El Paso. The colors of the desert change with the seasons and the light.  I never see the bland sand colors but bright vibrant colors the sun paints the mountains and landscape.  I'm trying another style, simple shapes and vibrant colors.  Still looking for a style I like best.
 Rio at Big Bend
Oil on Canvas board
11" x 14"
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Late Summer In Durango

This painting was from a photograph of Durango in winter, with snow and all.  I didn't like it as a winter scene and it took 18 months of "playing" with it to get it to something I was finally happy with.  I always have a pile of paintings I plan to get back to.  I also work on 3 - 4 paintings at a time.  What a luxury to have the time to learn and play.

Late Summer in Durango
20 x 16"
oil on Canvas
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wild Blue Yonder

Every Sunday, Daily Paint Works posts a challenge.  Last Sunday, they challenged us to paint a bird in flight.  Well, I'm a week late and not at all apologetic as I spent the week trying to repaint some old paintings (1 to go from my pile).  I only used four colors: white, Ultramarine Blue, orange and turquoise.

Wild Blue Yonder
8 x 6"
Oil on canvas board

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rocky Mountain Sunset

I first want to thank George Coll, a Colorado painter, for this reference.  I took a class with him several years ago and am now on his email list of references he shares.  He is a sweetheart!
I haven't painted landscapes for about a year now.  It used to be all I painted.  I've decided I have to get back into painting them, and also feel comfortable about it.  It's like of forgetting how to ride a bike.  Painting is such a difficult art to master!!!

Rocky Mountain Sunset
10 x 8 "
Oil on canvas board 
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Colorful Cezanne

Because I paint everyday, finding something to paint is always a challenge.  Last fall, I took a corner from a painting by Cezanne and tried to copy it.  I like the way it turned out.  So, I thought I would set up my own still-life using another portion of his work, using oranges, my own scarf and china.  When finished, it really lacked anything exciting.  When I took it to the Guild on Friday, Julie suggested I try something different by outlining it in navy lines and popping warm and cool colors.  It was a fun exercise which I may try again.

Colorful Cezanne
8 x 10 "
Oil on Canvas
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