23 June, 2010
Had to do one more Riverwalk piece before my San Antonio trip and I never get tired of these "at Night" pieces. You really have to look at the colors because they are so influenced by the dim lighting. As you can probably guess-this one is at Christmastime when the River is a wonderland of tiny lights.
Here in Alabama last night Jim and I were taking a "night walk" because it has been so hot during the day. The area around our condo is thick with trees, grasses and various shrubs. Under the trees you could see hundreds of fireflies--looked like a Tinker Bell convention and reminded me of the sparkle on the Riverwalk at Christmas time. I think an "Alabama at Night" series might be fun!
19 June, 2010
18 June, 2010
Trying to get as many Riverwalk paintings done as I can before my trip to SA this month. Just learned that my Little Green Store in Monte Sano, Alabama sold 2 of my still lifes this month-my first sales in Alabama and they are wanting more of the same. Am also getting ready to participate in the Huntsville Art Stroll next month--will need about 15 paintings for that. Did someone say "retirement"? I've never been so busy!
14 June, 2010
If it seems I am sending these emails every few days--you are right! Lake living is pretty laid back so I have lots of time for painting. Right now we are experiencing some record high temperatures so playing tennis hasn't been an option. I plan to participate in the monthly Art Stroll in Huntsville in August so am busily stockpiling paintings for that event. Figure I will need at least 15 to 20 paintings for a nice showing. I am not one to worry about what to paint--for me it is the painting and not the subject that is important. So with each painting I try to do better on some aspect that I feel wasn't so good in the previous painting. I never seem to run out of things that need attention or improvement. I guess that is why painting never gets tiresome and each attempt holds promise.
12 June, 2010
Had to do a few more Texas paintings before going on with the lake series. Have to have at least 4 replacement paintings for the Riverwalk Gallery when I go back to SA end of this month. Usually I keep those paintings small for tourists to tuck in their suitcases but this one seemed to call for a little more space for that tree to really stretch out!
09 June, 2010
Am excited about this one. Hope it will be the start of a series of sunrise paintings of the lake. I love dramatic lighting and am applying everything I've learned from my Riverwalk at Night series to these lake paintings. What the lake paintings offer is a chance to learn more about painting vistas--those receding hills are just so beautiful to me and the colors at sunrise are so different from what you see at sunset. Sunsets tend to be more pinks and blues while the sunrise is just afire with oranges and reds.
06 June, 2010
Thought you might enjoy seeing how I start with a photo and then create a painting from it. Here you can see the photo was taken from our car and includes the bridge railing. All that is eliminated and the houses are simplified. What is left is I hope the essence of the scene--a feeling of light and shadow that is peaceful but dynamic too--boy does that sound pretentious! Actually it's just a little lake painting and I liked the shadow pattern. Yesterday we got up at 5 am, made a quick pot of coffee and were on the lakeshore by 5:30 am. Jim was there to fish and I was taking photos of the sunrise. WOW! Can't wait to start painting those light and shadow patterns! Lucky for me there was a fishing tournament in progress and lots of boats out. Seemed like they were posing just for me.