Saturday, April 27, 2013
I painted last weekend at Farragut Art in the Park in Farragut Tennessee. I painted a house in Concord neighborhood because I wanted to work on shadows (of course!) but also needed to include a dogwood tree just because I thought it was a good way to celebrate the weekend's theme.
The leaves are always changing in the different elevations around here. They fall off the trees first on the top of the mountain in the fall, and they bud out green at the bottom of the mountain first in the spring, so it makes for some fun contrast to paint.
I love when all the leaves are gone. The cliffs near the mountaintops stand out with their afternoon shadows. It was a balmy afternoon when I painted this property in the Tennessee River Gorge. When the weather cooperates, one can grab a calm afternoon of warm light.
It is always a challenge to get cool and warm colors correctly placed. The snow scene was a fun puzzle to work out. The light rose cool in the morning and so the shadows had to be painted as warm. I think it worked well. This painting gives the feeling that you can't wait for the sun to come up and start warming things up.
It was a cloudy afternoon when we painted in north Georgia. We went to find newborn calves as our models, but they weren't anywhere to be seen. Instead, I painted three paint horses in the front pasture. The sun came out for about five minutes and I quickly worked on the light on the backs of the grazing animals.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The weather was so nice to paint in this fall. I love this painting of Chickamauga Lake. The autumn colors were almost gone and the low water level made for an interesting composition. Winter shadows are much easier to paint because they don't move as quickly and even at noon, they remain at an angle.