Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
18x24, acrylics on canvas
Another of my early paintings, loosely based on a farm I used to drive past somewhere between Augusta and Skowhegan. It was one of my first forays into light and shadow, and I've always loved the way the fence posts and their shadows came out.
Just thought I'd post this one for fun. It's one of my older paintings (hence, the childish foliage and water!), but it's a fun painting of my husband in a rare moment of vegging in a lawn chair with a bag of potato chips by his side. One of the few paintings I've ever done en plein air. As I recall, we headed out for this particular camping weekend on Friday the 13th of May in a snow squall, and nearly froze to death before the wind finally died down and it warmed up late on Saturday afternoon, which is when I caught Paul stretched out and snoozing. Ah, memories!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
16x20, acrylics on canvas
I painted this a few months ago and for some reason didn't like it, so I set it aside and didn't even look at it for a very long time. Recently, I pulled it out and defined the problem areas: the sky was too warm, the shadows weren't blue enough, and the grass was way, WAY too green. So I changed the colors and values without altering the composition of the painting. The improvement, to my eyes at least, was vast. Suddenly, I liked this painting I thought I hated. It's amazing what a few value and color changes can do to a piece.
So I took a couple of photos, posted it to Etsy, and last night it sold. This proves to me that no painting is hopeless. Even if you think it's finished, even if you think you don't really like it, sometimes you just need to let it simmer for a while before you go back and make the necessary changes so that suddenly that hated painting becomes a favorite.
Monday, July 14, 2008
At high noon on a hot summer day, with the sun baking overhead, these two crows are having a showdown. You can see them eyeing each other. You can feel the tension. Who will win the prize? And what, exactly, is the prize? Tasty roadkill? Only time will tell.
I think this is finished, except for varnishing and finishing the edges. Another in my crows series. I'll probably list this one on Etsy; birds seem to do well there.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I photographed this house one day around lunchtime, didn't like the original color (beige), so changed it to suit my tastes. I loved the way the light fell on this amazing Victorian, with all its bumps and bulges and differing shapes.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Just for fun, I thought I'd paint some crows. They're such fascinating creatures, and we have hundreds of them all over campus, so I snuck up there while hubby was working on the 4th and took some photos. Crow-Versation was the result.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
This is one I painted this past winter, and I set it aside for the longest time because for some reason, I didn't like it. I recently pulled it out and realized that the colors--especially that coral-orange sky--are lovely. I gave it a couple coats of varnish, and now the colors shine dramatically. I wish I could get a better photo, but the camera insists on turning the orange a slightly harsh hue. In real life, it's much better looking!