24 May, 2012

Riverwalk Dinner 6"x12" $195.00

Thought I would show again how I do a value drawing first to prepare for the painting.  It just helps me plan how the shapes will flow and how the values can help to make the painting interesting.  For instance in this painting, the darkest value is that band of concrete that the diners are seated on.  It sort of grounds the whole design as well as supports the diners!

23 May, 2012

Riverwalk Night 6"x12" $195.00 SOLD

This painting has alot going on in it and that is a challenge to simplify but still keep things realistic.  I'm especially happy with the trees in this one because they are absorbing and reflecting all the lights and give a soft counter balance to all the architecture.

18 May, 2012

Geraniums in my Kitchen 12x12 $195.00

Another in the Geranium series.  My black refrigerator made a great background for the water to sparkle against.  Want to do a few more but need to stop and do a few Riverwalk pieces next--which I love to do so not a hardship at all!

11 May, 2012

Out my Kitchen Window 12x 12 $195.00

Second in my Geranium series.  This is sitting on my kitchen window sill with the tall trees outside.  I loved the back lighting and again the shape and color of those geraniums.
Want to invite all my Alabama friends to come see me at the May Art Stroll around the courthouse in downtown Huntsville this Thursday May 17, from 4pm to 8 pm.  My booth is number 52 so stop by and visit!

07 May, 2012

Geraniums #1 12x12 $195.00 SOLD

Think I will do a series of these Geraniums that we just bought for the patio.  I love their shape and color.  Haven't done many flowers before so fun to do something different.

05 May, 2012

Mission San Jose 8"x16" $275.00

This is why I love painting--Each subject, each attempt at capturing an image has its own challenge.  Here I was rendering an image of a certain church.  The drawing has to be good because a wobbly structure is disconcerting to say the least.  But the painting lacked interest.  The stone structure didn't have much color drama going on so I had to pump up the sky color and add some clouds.  Then I had  to try and create a focal point.  I tried to do that with the famous "Rose Window" situated at the lower center of the facade.  Also had the challenge of that green green lawn--still not sure if it looks natural but really is that color.  Anyway-I love all the problems that present themselves.