26 October, 2012

Halifax Lighthouse 6"x8"

We are back from our wonderful cruise up the eastern seaboard.  Except for one bad weather day at Bar Harbour, Maine--the tour was super, the food on the ship was outstanding and we lucked into having dining companions that really made the trip so much fun.  Here's to Wally and Rob and Becky and Blaine--thanks guys and don't forget to send me your best photos!  Here's a little lighthouse painting from Halifax where we saw dolphins and seals!

09 October, 2012

Commission piece-Hudson Homestead 12x16 $300

This is a commission piece I did for a friend.  This is the family homestead her grandfather built.  I don't normally like commissions.  Just want to paint what I want to paint, but she was so easy to work with and I ended up loving the painting.  I had planned to make use of the late afternoon sun so Jim and I arrived at the homestead about 5pm.  The light was lovely and the shadows were long but I had outsmarted myself because the house was situated so that the sun was behind it!  That meant that when I stood facing the house entrance, I was looking directly into the sun.  A blinding sun sort of swallows up any image!  Luckily those big trees helped to block some of the light and finally when the sun got low enough, the house itself blocked it and I got that nice back lit effect and some great glow colors on the porch.

06 October, 2012

BY the Road 16"x20" $425

I worked on this painting some more.  Simplified the background of yellow and made more definite shapes in the water.  I was having trouble carrying the interest from the water back to the trees.  The water just looked like a band of nothing and then all that tree activity!  So by making the highlight in the water stronger I think it balances better.

05 October, 2012

BY the Road 16"x20" $425

Had this fancy frame that I got on sale so thought I'd do a traditional landscape for it.  This is the bank of the dock about 100 feet from our house here by the lake.  The road behind it is the one we take when we want to go to the movie in Scotsboro.  This may be a painting that I come back to and and repaint some areas.  Sometimes its good to let it sit for awhile and then look again with a fresh eye because I may have pushed the colors a little too much trying for a glittery glow.  Also think it got a little too detailed and some areas could stand to be simplified--stay tuned as this painting is a work in progress!