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I have finally gotten out my paints and played around today with them. I have not painted for some time due to another knee surgery. With my studio in the basement, it is not too easy to get down there to work. I did two small watercolors today in a couple of hours. One will have to be a greeting card as it isn't worth a matt and frame. I think this one turned out a bit better than the other. This is a 6x8 watercolor of the Pomme de Terre River, just below the dam near Hermitage, Mo. It is such a beautiful spot and I have photographed it so many times. And I have painted it before and put some children playing in the water under this big old tree.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I did this painting some time ago. In fact, it is one of the first ones that I put on my blog. If you go back far enough you will see it. I finally got a frame for it and just wanted you to see it framed. When I photogrpahed it yesterday I saved it to my painting folder and called it White Hybiscus, then realized it really was a Rose of Sharon. I have photos of both and have a hard time distinguishing between them sometimes. I am not too flower literate. This is an 8x12 oil, painted on gessoed masonite and I remember I painted it so fast. It just seemed to fall into place. Some paintings are like that and other I just work and work and sometimes they don't turn out so good.
Monday, February 13, 2012
I am replacing a previous posting of this dog as I took another photo with better lighting and it does show the color better. This female pointer is last year's winner in the 25th NBHA Futurity Championship and the owner of the dog will be presented with this painting in March, 2012. The owners are Brian and Georgie Casey of New Columbia, Il. The dog was handled by Brian. It is a 16x20 oil, painted on a linen canvas panel.
This is a painting of the Futurity Champion. I painted this to be given to the winner's owner at the annual competition in March 2012. I am blogging it in the frame as I think it adds so much to it. My frame came from laframe.com. They are always so prompt in getting frames to me. I ordered from them on a Monday and got the order in on Friday and that is with a few custom sizes. This is a 16x20 oil on a linen canvas panel.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
If this one looks familiar, I painted this same scene in watercolor and posted it the other day. One simply can't capture the brilliance of the trees with the sun bouncing through the leaves with camera or paints. But I like to try. God sure made these Ozark hills a beautiful place to behold. This is a 6x8 Golden Open Acrylic, painted on a Pintura panel from ASW. Nice surface! And inexpensive. It really looks nice in a wide gold frame, sitting on a gold table easel. I just finished this one. It seemed to take me longer but when I go back to these acrylics, I sort of "fight" them for awhile as they dry so much slower than my regular acrylics and faster than the oils. Oh well, that is what is fun, painting a variety of subjects and in a variety of mediums.
This one really looks bright. I think maybe part of the reason is I had my panel coated with a red wash.
This one really looks bright. I think maybe part of the reason is I had my panel coated with a red wash.
I painted this tree from a photo before going to Big Cedar and I sold it there so wanted to try it again. As usual, my second try at a subject never turns out as good as the first one. It does not have the spontaniety the other one had. I hated I did not get a picture of it as I felt I got it a bit more impressionistic than I usually do. I wish I could loosen up more but it is hard for me to do. This is a 5x7 Golden Open Acrylic, painted on a Pintura panel from ASW. They are neat little panels. I had fun doing this. The trees are so beautiful right now but I guess soon I will probably be painting snow scenes. UGH!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Well, I am sort of into making little greeting cards again. I decided to matt this one though. It has a mate but it will be in the greeting card pile. This is the best of the two. Watercolor is especially fun for these small paintings and I really think most people like receiving an original painting as a greeting. Like I said, this is a watercolor, started with some dry brush to get texture, even using a little sponge, then washes over and into, carving out areas that just show up with the watercolor sometimes going just where it wants to go. So much fun!! This started out to be the hill to the side of my little cabin but as you can see the land got flat. Oh well, the other one still has the hill but the composition in this one is the best. This one is 5x7, on 300 lb. Arches wateracolor paper.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I liked this one best when I got done and started to cut a matt for it and liked the raggedy edge, which I leave on greeting cards sometimes, so I just mounted the painting on a piece of gold matt board, then cut a matt to go around that, leaving a thin area of gold. Sort of neat, huh? This one is barely a 4x8 but I left a big matt on it so it can be cut down to whatever frame one has. Watercolor is so fun, so quick and easy. I took a lot of new fall pictures this weekend, can't wait to try some in watercolor, then get serious again with some oils or Golden Open Acrylics. I just love them! Well, I just love it all.
This is just a quick little watercolor. Not too fond of it but did like the autumn colors. Looks like I got a spot on the liner. It's really not there, my scanner must have had a speck from an oil that wasn't quite dry. This one is 6x8 and matted to an 8x10.
I have been making little watercolor greeting cards but when I get one I like better than others, I matt it, sometimes frame it. I like the morning light on this one so matted it and decided to blog it. It is just about 5x7 but matted to an 8x10. When I don't want to get out the "oil mess", I just sit and do some little wateracolors. I made about seven the other day and decided to matt three. This is the first one. Nothing serious and good, just fun.
Friday, October 21, 2011
I did this one very fast and furiously as the light was changing so fast. I started to redo it today but thought I would just leave it and maybe use it as a study for a larger one later on. This is an 8x10 oil on Fredrix linen panel. I very seldom do anything like this and it was really fun. I took a photo of this same setting in a different light later in the day and will try something from it someday. I sat in the yard of one of the restaurants and painted this looking toward the other restaurant. People were having such a good time on such a lovely day. And so was I.
This is a 6x8 oil on a Raymar panel. I love these panels also. This is the view that was behind me, so turned around and did this one. I painted three from my spot by the car but sold one and forgot to photograph it. And of course, it was the best one. I think this one is crying for a little more help so I may add to or take away to make it stop crying. Hopefully. It seems a little "stiff" to me. But then again, I may just start with a fresh one and a photo. I sold three paintings at the show they had for us and forgot to photograph any on them. I painted about seven small paintings in our three days there, with the largest being two 8x10's. I started another 9x12 but it really needs some "brain surgery". If I succeed making it better, I will blog it later. What a wonderful experience!!
This is a 5x7 oil which I painted at Big Cedar at the paintout last week, near Branson, Mo. Since I don't walk too well, I have to park the car, set up my stuff and just paint what I can see in each direction. This was close to me so I just painted some of the flowers that were along the walk to one of the restaurants. It was quick and fun. What a wonderful 3 days of painting with over 100 artists on the grounds of Big Cedar. This is painted on a Centurion linen panel from ASW.
This is a small 5x7, painted with Golden Open Acrylics. It looks nice in a gold frame and sits on a gold easel. This was painted from one of many road scenes photos that I take a lot. Most of the time, there are a lot of changing and rearranging. I have a habit of doing too much "refining". The scene was not as "manicured" as I always seem to do to them. Oh well, that is just me I guess. This is on a Centurion linen panel. Just love these for the oil or acrylic.
This is a 5x7 on a Centurion linen panel. I love the surface of these panels and they are quite inexpensive for linen. As we were leaving the cabin one day and the trees were just beginning to turn, I took this photo. It made a nice little painting and looks real nice with a wide gold frame around it, on a little gold easel. Lots of fun! I sort of feel sorry for people who don't paint. When one starts to paint, they start seeing everything in terms of a painting and colors and ideas emerge and they begin to see things so differently.
This is a 6x8 oil on a panel. Again, I started out with a photo of the trees down a road and it just wasn't working so I wiped out the road, added some greens and a stream where the road started through. I had the dominant tree too close or something. It just didn't balance. So it had to have "major surgery". I think I will leave it alone now. I have tons of photos of trees along roads in the countryside that I have taken through the years. I get them out, choose one, and try to make a painting from it, sometimes doing a lot of changing and sometimes using the photo almost "as is".
I have taken so many photos in this area through the years and this is one of my favorite. I can't seem to capture the real beauty of mother nature but I like trying. This is another 6x8 oil. I may try a larger one later. I took lots of photos to work from and did very little changing. I painted this scene in a small watercolor one time with two little girls wading in the water. There are always lots of people around this area, admiring the beauty, and doing some fishing also.
This is another little 6x8 oil (I just love this size to play around with). Again I started with photos of the trees from the cabin. It wasn't working, so I wiped most of it out, started again, changing areas, and just making up a lot of it. I think maybe it is still crying for help so I may have to work on it again. The fall colors are fun to play with, but can be difficult for me. Fun though.
This is a 6x8 oil, which has been worked, worked, and reworked. I kept playing with this thing, took it upstairs and looked at it over and over and discovered I had the composition split right down the middle with no dominant tree. So I brought the left one forward and to the right and made it the dominant one. I moved the other back, killed the intensity of it so now I have a dominant tree, and the painting is not split right down the middle. Sometimes I have to study one for awhile, then "bam" it will hit me what the problem is, so I get the paints out again and see if I can fix it. It is still rather plain but I now have broken up the area so there is a dominant player. I was working with photos of the area and let the photo "take over", instead of just "spinning off of it" to get started, which I try to do.
This is painted from a smaller one that I posted earlier. I painted a 6x8 off of the photos that I took at this scene, then I painted an 11x14, sold it, so painted another and this is it. This is aother 11x14 oil. I would love to go to this spot and plein air paint the scenes around it. It is such a lovely spot. I love to paint outside but I guess I am a fair weather painter. Can't be too hot, too cold, too windy, or too many bugs. Some of my painter friends don't let these things bother them and their plein air paintings are getting better and better all the time. I find it a bit difficult. Lots of equipment to move and I have a way of getting more oil paint on me than on my canvas. This is painted on a linen canvas panel.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Well, here I am back with the little ones. I have done about 6 this week. I go through my many files of photographs and see if I can make a painting out of one. This was just a field with the autumn tree, so I rearranged the trees in the background and added the cattle. This is a 6x8 oil on a panel. One of my son's friends liked this painting so I gave it to him while at Big Cedar this past week. So the new owner is Clay Self, who is an entertainer at the resort. We really enjoyed him and his sons. He gave me one of his T-shirts, which I will enjoy wearing while reminding me of the fun time we had there.
I photographed this last year. Don't you know these people were having a ball on this beautiful autumn day. This is a 16x20 Golden Open Acrylic. It looks quite bright as I photographed the painting in bright sun. I never quite know if sun or shade is the best. I think this one is painted on a Fredrix linen panel. It was fun, especially after doing so many little paintings lately. It is $450.00. Note: This painting was hanging in Fresh Gallery in Springfield, Mo. and these people in this canoe visited the gallery. They recognized it as themselves and called me to verify the location, time of year etc.. Of course, they had to have it!! I had met the woman at Evening Shade Farms, Osceola, Mo., where they make all kinds of wonderful natural soaps and other products. I buy my soaps there a lot. They have a website and you can order from there online. Of course, I did not recognize her in the boat that day as I used a zoom lens to photograph such a lovely scene. Such a small wonderful world we live in. I hope they are enjoying the painting. It made quite an interesting story.
Well, I had posted this one before and didn't really like it. I went into my studio one day and it was crying for help, so I reworked it. I like it better now. I deleted the old one and am blogging this one. It is an 11x14 oil. I photographed this place last year along the river, took a drive there last week and it is getting so beautiful, I just had to try and make my painting better. Who knows, I may pick it up again if it crys at me again. I do that with a lot of my work it seems. It is $400.oo.
Monday, September 19, 2011
I just finished this little one. Another watercolor, that is only 6x8, matted to 8x10. I did a lot of dry brush scrubbing for a textured look starting out then washes to build up the different colors, darkening as I go. It was fun and fast. About one hour or just a little more.
This is my third "intended greeting card" which I decided to matt. This is just a scene we view so much in Missouri. It was a very quick little watercolor, about an hour probably. I can't seem to get interested in doing big paintings lately. Just this quick little stuff where there is not much work or thinking. Just fun stuff!! Again, this is a 5x7, matted to an 8x10.
This is another "intended greeting card" but decided to matt it. The tree tops kind of "bled" into the sky but sort of like the "happy little accidents " that one gets with watercolor sometimes. I thought the bright sun behind the treetops might be glowing with red. I paint this scene so much as it is the view from my little cabin on the lake and it changes each day. This is 5x7, matted to 8x10.
I posted one like this the other day that I did in the Golden Open Acrylics. I liked it so I tried it in watercolor. This started out being a greeting card but decided to matt it. I did about 10 little paintings intended for greeting cards, but then I matted three of them, which I usually do for the best ones. I still think I like the Open acrylic one the best. The image is just 5x7, matted to 8x10.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
This is a very small watercolor that I did some time ago. I was going through some of my boxes of matted watercolors and didn' t think I had blogged this so decided to do just that. I did it some time ago, but sort of liked the effect I got and decided to just keep it. It is probably just about 5x7.
I previously painted this in oil, an 8x10 but this is just another small Golden acrylic, 5x7. It was so lovely last fall as we left the little cabins and headed to where the painters were painting. I am looking forward to going again in October. I will get to see a lot of my good painter friends.
Just another little quick 5x7 Golden Acrylic that I tried to do and get my colors softer than the last one and still get the glow in the sky. It is matted the same as the other one. I think I accomplished what I wanted to do. One of these days I will use these little studies and try to paint something sizeable. I haven't done much of that for quite awhile.
Just another 5x7 Golden Acrylic on the watercolor paper. This one is looking the other direction from the cabin. There is a beautiful, different sky each morning to enjoy. This is also matted with an off white matt with a dark blue liner.
I have painted a few little Golden Acrylics on 300 lb. watercolor paper. It is a totally different texture and was so much fun. This is a 5x7 and matted with a off white matt, with a dark blue liner. The sky was so beautiful. I can't seem to go to the lake without photographing the skies each morning. Such fun!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This is a quick small oil that I did, trying to save the oil on my palette before getting out the Open Acrylics to play with again. I just can't seem to scrape it all away. So I guess this is a salvage painting. It is 8x10 on a Fredrix panel. Quick and fun.
I also got this one scanned. If you look real close you can see my little heron on the bank. My husband says it looks like a turkey so just take your choice, turkey or heron. He is always telling me to put "life" into my paintings, so here it is. I like plain landscapes myself. This is also just a small 5x7 Golden Acrylic and it was so fun as I got in there and squished around with a sponge for the trees. Kinda messy, but fun.
Well, I remembered to scan this little one and see how bright it is. The other last two are just as colorful. This was also a fun little painting. Just a 5x7 Golden Acrylic again. It doesn't take me long to turn out one of these little things. I just have fun with them, and don't have to think too much. That is good sometimes.
This is my other goof-up. I really liked the way the painting came out, but had it completely framed, then thought, "I didn't get it scanned". So tried to scan through the glass so there is a glare and it is way darker than the painting. But at least this lets you know I am at least doing some little paintings. I can't seem to get stirred up to start something serious and big. Just lazy I guess. This is a 6x6 Golden Acrylic also. Sure dries slow compared to my other acrylics. Sure fun though
I was pleased with how this little painting turned out, then I did a real stupid thing, I forgot to scan it. So I tried to scan it through the glass while framed. I already had it framed, even with the paper on the back with hangers on it and everything. Well, anyway, it is a 5x7 Golden Acrylic and was lots of fun. I did two of these and goofed on both but will blog them anyway. They look so dark but are quite colorful.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
This is a small 6x8 oil that I painted from a photo taken at this beautiful spot at Turnback Creek near Greenfield, Mo. My son saw this on the way home from a ballgame so my husband and I drove there. There is the remains of the old mill just behind these trees on the right. I did this in about an hour, in preparation to do another larger one. I am finishing an 11x14 oil and will post it when it is dry, although I like the freshness of the small one better than the larger one. These small ones are so fun to paint.
I painted this from a photo I took at Big Cedar in Missouri last fall. My husband and I were coming from our cabin, going to breakfast and the morning light was so beautiful. The hazy blue over the Ozark hills and the light streaming over the treetops, onto the road was breathtaking. Pictures and paintings just can't do Mother Nature justice. It was such a beautiful week to be out painting. My painter friends were painting all over the place and it was so exciting. I am looking forward to the paintout next year also. This is an 8x10 oil.
Monday, April 18, 2011
This is another small painting I just finished. It is a 6x12 oil on gessoed board and the paint is still wet and thick. It was fun. This is our hill in back of our cabin at the lake. The hills were just aglow with the dogwood this past weekend. Such beauty! God did good on these here hills in the Ozarks!! Love it!