Sunday, November 6, 2011

This is what I painted the following day.  I think the light was brighter and there were no clouds in the sky.  As if the yellow ginko were not challenging enough, the water in front of it would not be still long enough to capture.  After I finished this study, I thought I would make it into a larger painting.  It should  translate well.
The weather was just perfect last week and my painting friends and I went to the Chattanooga Nature Center to paint.  This ginko was glorious in its yellow phase.  It seemed the sun lit it differently about every thirty seconds, but I couldn't help but try to capture the light and shadow.  The next day I returned for another go at it, and then painted the tree from a different angle.

Friday, October 28, 2011

I love shadows, especially on a white building. 
A couple of weeks ago, I painted in Chattanooga's Southside neighborhood.  I was drawn to this house because of the brilliant red reflecting and bouncing in the morning light.  I really liked trying to analyze the different colors of red.
The weather was so perfect a couple of days ago, I felt like it might be one of the last balmy days this fall, so after  chores, I set up my easel and painted Taylor's Ridge.  Balmy wasn't really the apt adjective for the day, it was more like gale force winds, but the colors were beautiful nevertheless. 

Painting in Fort Wood

We painted in the beautful Fort Wood Neighborhood this past summer.  The morning light illuminating the sides of the beautiful old homes was so wonderful to capture.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

We were walking along a glacial river bed  in Nepal  when we were passed by a woman on a small gaited horse loaded with supplies.  She sported a North Face backpackm and traditional wool horseblanket.  In the painting, I wanted to show the neutral colors of the landscape against the rich vibrancy of traditional and modern garb. The horse had a little bell attached to his throatlatch which tinkled as they paced by.
This was a from hike on the way to Annapurna Base Camp.  You can see the seasonal village in the distance.  It shows the scale of the mountains and imposing angles.  Note the size of one of the boulders is as big as the village!  I really had fun playing  with light and shadow, warm and cool. I did a study and then felt like I could really show if better in a 24 x 30 format.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Webb Store

This is where everyone rents their innertubes to float down the Hiawasse River.  It is one of the last bastions of the older gas stations where there is a little bit of everything and even rocking chairs in which to enjoy your purchase.

August in Reliance, TN

This is the Hiwasse River, while it is still in the early morning.  As the day passes, the river grows deeper and tubers float by. 

New painting

There was no light last week to paint early in the morning, so Janis and I went to her studio.  She painted from a photo and I took advantage of a somewhat still model.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Knoxville Alley

My friend and I were looking for suitable subject matter and could not help but stop and paint the light bouncing in this alley!

Olvera, Spain

I painted this from the rooftop of my friend's new house!  The morning light was beautiful as it crossed the mountain tops.