I got some really gorgeous photos this past weekend! This is a study for a larger piece. Though, sometimes I think I like the small studies as much as the finished larger pieces!
I've been a bit intimidated by this reference photo because of the detail in the shifting light and color through the leaves. But I focused on really simplifying things, and feel it was a success! I spend many hours throughout the year running and biking this towpath.
I few years ago, while driving through the mountains of West Virginia on a bright summer day, I rounded a bend into the most impressively ominous sky. I'm a sucker for a good thunder storm, but driving WVs mountainous curves in near-tornado weather was a bit intense even for me!
This is a study for a larger painting I plan to do. This was exciting as I've not painted a night scene before and was a little unsure as to how it would translate. I'm really pleased with it. I love the feel, the lighting on her face, the bits of different colored lights in the background, everything. Really looking forward to expanding this!
I love working in squares, but sometimes I need to switch it up. Oblong shapes have become another of my favorite sizes to work with and are perfect for landscapes. I can't wait for mornings like this again. Spring is coming!
I'm still loving doing these flappers. A good friend of mine sat for this photoshoot some months ago and I just have oodles of great shots that I didn't use for the larger works I did, so thought I'd use them for these daily paintings. I plan to do some more shoots like this soon for some new material. Until then, more flappers!
I took an unintentional break from daily paintings because of a couple of very busy weeks. It felt great getting back into them with a portrait this time. I was a little afraid of approaching a face with a time constraint, but I loved it! I'm sure more will come.
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.