Sunday, July 13, 2014

Srawberries with Battenburg Lace

Yes, it,s still strawberry season.  Time for compotes of fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry jam, and of course, to paint their lusciousness.
I selected these three and placed them on the Battenburg lace, which belonged to my grandmother.  I think the lace sets them off nicely. 
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Mountain View

The Washington Society of Landscape Painters, of which I have been a member for over fifteen years, holds a paintout once a month.  We have painted all around the Washington Metropolitan area in every park and scenic area available.  This particular view is from an overlook near Middleburg, Virginia and the Blue Ridge mountains are in the background. 
On that day, most of the other members painted in town, but I found this special place by driving for miles and miles. 
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Meadow

This is from a plein air demonstration that I did while giving a workshop.  It was a true challenge, as there wasn't really much to paint.  Just a horse pasture, trees and some back ground trees.  No horses, though.   I accentuated a path that was barely there to help the eye get into the painting.
I have done a larger painting from this sketch, changing the sky, the direction of the path and adding cows.  Something this basic can go in many directions. 
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Day Lilies

A friend gave us these day lilies for our garden two years ago, and I love them!  These bright colors scream "summer!'  I like putting a dark background behind them to really make them pop. They should last another week or so.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Early Evening

This little painting is another example of reworking a plein air sketch.  That sketch was done with bright sunshine and a blue sky, and I thought the scene would be more interesting if I changed it to an early evening scene.  I am partial to these sunsets with the pinks and yellows in the sky.

The original scene is at a wildlife refuge and at any moment a flock of Canadian geese or other migratory birds could fly over. Nearby is a private and very protected area for nurturing endangered whooping cranes. It's very special.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fresh Cherries

I think cherries are my favorite fruit.  I love cherry yogurt, cherry pie, cherry ice cream, cherry preserves, and best of all, fresh cherries in July.  I eat as many as I can in that one month because know it has to hold me for a whole year.

Since it's that time again, I decided to paint fresh cherries with this graceful little Oriental cup.  I have used it in lots of still life paintings, as it is very versatile and accents the dark fruit.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Azalea Park

Now that I have rejoined Daily Paintworks, I am busy producing small painting for their website.  Inadvertently yesterday, an old image was posted, which received considerable attention.  So today, I reworked that painting into a 6 x 8 size.  I am calling this "Azalea Park."

Originally I did a plein air sketch at a nearby county park and then enlarged it to a 24 x 30, and you can see the steps below.  I have many paintings from that area, and will do more in these small sizes. I may even end up with a category of azalea paintings!