Sunday, July 22, 2012
I spent a week in Michigan in June painting the turn of the century cottages and landscapes. Initially it was so difficult to work. I spent several days very frustrated having realized that just about every light reference I was acclimated to had changed, and rather than take the time to adjust, I was forcing myself to paint new color and light. The town was surrounded by water and the light bounced off of every surface. Add to that extremely low humidity so the blue sky was very intense. I hardly ever use thalo blue, but it gained popularity with me that week.
It is good to change painting venues every now and then. When you paint in the same area, even with weather changes, you can become complacent and it is hard to develop if things are too easy.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
There is nothing more fun than painting peonies in the sunlight. This was painted quickly as the clouds were moving overhead. I kept another canvas at my feet for the cloudy light. A really good exercise is to have to switch back and forth between sun and clouds and keep responding to color changes.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Sterchi Farm Barn
I went with my paint group yesterday to paint this old dairy barn on Chattanooga's newest leg of the Riverwalk. It was a good thing we chose this venue because it is slated for demolition and was already in the process of being fenced. It has a huge stone silo, not typical of southern barn architecture.
In the Tennessee River Gorge
I painted this study in early November, on one of those crisp blue-skied afternoons, right before the balmy weather and beautiful leaves left for the winter months. It was such a still afternoon; the reflections were so saturated in color across the little backwater. The Tennessee River is in the distance. At this point it is surrounded by mountains and few manmade structures. It feels almost like it did hundreds of years ago, except for the occasional bass fisherman....