Saturday, January 28, 2017

Willow Ridge Pond

Willow Ridge Pond, 2.5" x 3.5"
A pond near my home, painted in the spring of 2016.

Favorite part: the grassy shadow.

River Sky

River Sky, 2.5" x 3.5"

Another view of the Niagara River, where the clouds seemed bigger than the river. 

Favorite part: the dark cloud at the middle top, containing so many colors. 

Niagara River

Niagara River, 2.5" x 3.5"
Painted from a photo taken on my 30th wedding anniversary, August 7, 2016. My husband, Dan, and I stood on the rocks lining the river, holding hands, and absorbed the fresh air, comfortable breeze, and waterside view of the clouds. 

Favorite part: the sparkling water. 

Erie Canal

Erie Canal, 2.5" x 3.5"
I wanted to catch the interesting aqua color of the water in the canal on this August day.

Favorite part: the way the light changes as the canal turns.

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden, 2.5" x 3.5"

Painted from photos taken on an outing to Delaware Park in Buffalo NY, on a hot summer day.

Favorite part: the multi-colored tree at the top of the steps.

Akron Falls Park

Akron Falls Park, 2.5" x 3.5"
Catching up here, after a half-year of little artwork. This painting was done from photos I took on a delightful day painting at Akron Falls Park, NY, last summer.

Favorite part: the shimmer on the bank of vines at the bottom. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Blue Iris

Blue Iris, 2.5" x 3.5"

The irises bloom along Audubon Lake in the springtime. These yellow beauties caught my eye, sunlit against a deep blue, shadowy curve.

Favorite part: The one descending leaf. The counterpoint shape pleases my eye.

Glen Falls from above

Above Glen Falls, 2.5" x 3.5" on Arches 300# w/c 

Glen Falls is a local spectacle, located on Ellicott Creek in Williamsville, NY. I was standing on the bride along Main Street, looking down to where the falls cascade over the edge, which is why you see such a sharp edge in the distance. It's a lovely little park, and the falls are impressive. One of these days I'll paint  them, too.

Favorite part: The shady spot in the lower right-hand corner, with the rocks and reflections beneath the overhanging trees.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spring Flowers

Tulips and Daffs, gouache, 2.5" x 3.5" on  Bristol Vellum
Alstroemeria, 2.5" x 3.5" on Canvas Paper

Tulips and Daffs: You can see the dry-brush strokes a result of dragging my angled shaper over a rag to remove most of the paint. I used creamy gouache, like thin mayonnaise, swathing the paper in a nice layer of paint, and then dabbed off the excess, so that I could go back in with the negative shape strokes to define the flowers, leaves and stems. The Bristol Vellum develops this texture as a result of way the paint is applied.

Favorite part: Those two white dabs near the upper tulip that catch your eye. I like the contrast and interesting shapes. The quickness of the strokes is evident. That pleases me, too.

Alstroemeria: Canvas Paper mimics the look of woven canvas, which I used to advantage in this painting. The texture shows where the lighter paint covers the darker strokes. I placed dry-brush effects on the leaves to enhance them and draw the eye there.

Favorite part: The color of the foliage. This green is very blue, a color that takes a little doing to get right. Too much blue and it reads as plastic looking! This time I think I got it right.

Complementary Bouquet

Complementary Bouquet, 3" x 3" on mystery paper
Do you ever forget about a painting? I painted this a month ago and recently rediscovered it under the pile of papers used to flatten it. I don't know why I didn't post it. I have it set it up on the table next to my computer. It pleases me.

The paper is a mystery. It's some I stashed away a while ago, so the brand is lost in time. I can't say I really like it very well. It's lightweight and has a texture that's too large-scale for the work I do. If I use a textured paper I like it to be fine textured enough to make the painting appear to be much larger, not dwafing the strokes too much.

But I like the color stucture and contrast here. I scratched out the stems with the handle of a paintbrush, which worked pretty well. Sometimes the direct approach is best.

Favorite part: The two long, arched white flowers leaning out of the composition on the right-hand side. They balance rest of the bouquet. Square compositions have some challenges, especially when the subject fills the page this way. Balance is the key to success, I think.