Thank you for checking in with me this week!
I try to write this blog weekly, telling you about my latest work, but there are some weeks that life gets busy! Especially when the sun is shining and days are longer and warm. I hope to get outside and paint this season, something I have not done in quite a number of years.
I have just finished a painting for a client who lives in western North Carolina. In doing my research there, it is a beautiful area with many waterfalls, mountains and lush trees. They asked me to incorporate these elements into the piece, and after a few sketches, I began the piece.
I blocked in the where the waterfall, rocks, as well as the trees on the mountain. Next up, I filled in the trees, grasses and shrubbery. I then added details to the foreground rocks. I also added the sunlight filtering in from the left. The waterfall was next, making sure I didn’t totally block it all white as if it was a white curtain! Waterfalls show the rock behind it as well as the color of the water. Next, another tree in the foreground to give more perspective. Moss on the rocks, sunlight rays reflecting on the water and now this piece is a wrap!
Thank you for checking in with me again this week!
Another challenge this past week! Although it did not start as a challenge, but more a sketch of an idea that I had on my mind for awhile. I took a small canvas and used up leftover acrylic paint from a painting I had just completed. I started with the yellow 11X14 canvas and sketched in a guitar player on stage. I had the idea of bright lights and reflections, more of a modern art piece. I thought I would just practice. And it really was until the lights and backdrop of the stage were lit up and a performer appeared!
I had a great time figuring out the lighting and where the reflections would fall on stage and the performer. I was thinking the backdrop would be a curtain. I decided it should not be solid and dark, so I added lots of color and reflections bouncing off the background. The perspective is from stage right, it adds more interest to the subject and for the viewer. The angle of the guitar and mic as well as the performer, was a bit of a challenge, but came together in the end.
This piece sold on the very day I finished it!
Thank you everyone!
Thanks for checking in with me today! Thank you all for following my work and my blog. I love your comments and suggestions, and my work improves because of you!
I wanted to blog about my series of the, “Little Chubby Animals!” These actually started in my art class with an inspiration photo. I loved painting the chubby little bird so much, I had the idea of painting a wooly little lamb in a field of green. And, so I did! Because I like odd numbers; it is more pleasing to the eye, I thought why not paint a little white rabbit on a path in the woods filled with Daffodils and crocus! I had so much fun painting them, and there will be more of them to come, as I have had a great response to them, and to be honest, it was just plain fun to paint these little creatures!
The key to becoming a better painter, in my opinion, is not only to challenge yourself with subjects you have never done or shied away from, but to paint these very subjects along with what you love to paint, daily. Every single day, I just paint or sketch something. Anything. And in my case, my go to is water and sky and cityscapes. However, I know I have to challenge myself with subjects I rarely go to. And that is what I plan on doing more of this year!