I'm always drawn to capturing different types of lighting. Here, I was traveling a heavily forested section of road and just coming up to the break in the trees. The contrast between the warm light from my headlights and the blue morning light caught my eye (I stopped the car to snap the picture).
An unexpected detour on a recent road trip offered the most breathtaking landscape at the most gorgeous time of day. It was extra time well spent. I also tried something new here by starting with a bold cadmium red ground. You can see it peeking through in spots. I'm going to experiment more with it!
One morning while staying in Charleston, I got up early and drove down to the battery to watch the sun rise. The morning turned out to be disappointingly cloudy, leaving little sunrise to actually see. So instead, I went exploring the streets. It was surprising beautiful and peaceful: the soft, 6am light broken by the occasional street lamp.
I also found the juxtaposition of the old history of the buildings with the sleek, shiny cars really fascinating. I have a few more shots of old architecture and new cars that I have plans to paint.
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.