When working larger, I paint primarily people. Since starting these daily paintings, I've stuck with simpler subjects. Today I decided to try a figure in this quick style. It was hard to show restraint in not perfecting every little detail. Admittedly, I spent a little more time than I have on most of the others, but I'm happy with what I was able to come up with in a much shorter than typical for me when painting people.
This pin was my grandma's from the 1960s, I believe. I can remember when I was young playing dress-up at her house and raiding her box of old costume jewelry. This piece was one of my favorites and is one of many I was able to keep after she passed.
Dawson is my parents' Corgi. This was done as a birthday gift for my mother, so is not for sale.
I was cutting up some vegetables today, and had to stop and snap a shop of these pretty peppers. Again, I was drawn to brights colors with a nice, high shine. These forms were fun to paint. I think I will revisit them.
Earlier this week I woke up to the most beautiful fresh snowfall and just had to venture outside to capture some shots as the sun came up. I love playing with these simple landscapes. And the soft colors of early mornings are some of my favorites to capture.
If you would have told me just a few years ago that I would be a runner, I would have laughed. Somehow I got started and after a few years under my belt, I'm hooked. Its funny how a mundane pair of running shoes has now become one of my favorite things.
I love this shot of the ocean at early morning when the sky and water almost melt into each other. The whole scene is almost the same color, with just slight shifts in hue and value.
ail polish was one of my first daily painting subjects just a few weeks ago. In revisiting it, I can already see improvement! For this one, I liked the way the purple background looked with bits of the toned underpainting peeking through, so I left some.
These flamingos were a fun challenge for me. I've learned that detailed compositions like this can easily turn muddy if overworked. I'm having to learn to show restraint, but enjoying the process!
This quick study was done from a shot I took of some impressive looking storm clouds over one of the rivers in Charleston, SC (I no longer remember which one). I loved painting the light reflecting off of the water and the bit of rain in the distance.
I've noticed a trend with myself: I'm drawn to painting bright and shiny things. There is something so satisfying about slapping on those final strokes of white and how they instantly bring everything else in the painting together.
This one was challenging for me. I typically work with cadmiums, but I chose to add Alizarin crimson to deepen the red. Alizarin is very translucent, so difficult to work with alla prima. But I think I prevailed!
First up in my daily paintings available is "Boho Bangle". I loved working with the bright, super saturated colors in this piece. And the contrast of natural lighting on the left and a red light on the right created some really interesting effects.