Happy New Year! After a several month hiatus, I’m back!! Lots has happened since I last posted – we went on a fabulous road trip to Santa Fe, taking a week to get there, spending 3 nights at an Air B & B, then taking another week to drive home. On the way home, while hiking in Canyonlands National Park, I tripped and broke my right arm. That slowed things down tremendously, and I’m just now finally free of casts and splints. Yay! Today, I’m happy to share one of my latest paintings – Vizla Mix, a portrait of a friend’s dog I started back in October – before our Road Trip adventure. Below are the work-in-progress photos of this fun watercolor.
Here’s the preliminary drawing — I decided to keep a lot of the gestural pencil sketch this time, choosing not to erase much – I personally enjoy seeing other artist’s rough sketches, so decided to leave mine.
Back from our Road Trip, and out of the first full arm splint, I decided to try and see if I could paint, knowing I wanted to keep things loose.
After several weeks in a cast that was ridiculously tight, I finally graduated into an adjustable splint. More mobility = more desire to paint!
Now free of splints and casts, I’m ready for 2017, ready to paint, ready to share positive energy, and the beauty of this world. Wishing you all a love filled, joyous year, wherever you are!
Our plein air group went to visit a local farm that’s known for its pumpkins. Last year I rode the hay bale trailer out to the field to paint a pumpkin landscape. I’ll share that painting in a future post. This year I stayed closer to the barn where lines of pumpkins were laid out for easy picking. I was intrigued by the texture of the green on orange pumpkins, and chose this particular pumpkin to paint because of the texture and the cascading dry vine on its stem. Here are some photos of this painting in progress:
Some close-up photos of the pumpkin texture — isn’t it cool?!
Today we have the 4th watercolor chicken series painting titled “Keeping An Eye On You”. This chicken was at a wedding we went to several years ago, kicking around in the dry leaves under the cool laurel bushes on a hot summer day.
The preliminary drawing and the tools used.
Keeping An Eye On You Watercolor on hot press paper 6 x 6 inches unframed $65 + $5 shipping and handling
The third chicken in my animal portrait series is called “Kauai Chicken” because this fella was one of the hundreds of chickens that inhabit the Hawaiian island Kauai. The story is that hurricane Iniki blew apart chicken coops and they escaped from their pens, and now their descendants are found everywhere on Kauai — from the beaches to medians on busy roads. They truly define “free range chickens”. Here are some photos of the painting process of “Kauai Chicken”:
Today, I’d like to introduce “Rainbow Bright” the second watercolor in a new series of animal portraits from one of the many photographs of chickens I’ve taken over the years. This painting is now available in my Daily Paintworks gallery. Here are some photos of the painting process of “Rainbow Bright”
Rainbow Bright Watercolor on hot press paper 6 x 6 inches unframed $45 + $5 shipping and handling
Last month, our plein air group visited Ankeny Vineyard south of Salem on a beautiful summer day. Instead of putting time into creating a painting of one view or image, I decided to just do some simple sketches and have a play day. After wandering around and exploring the site, I thought it would be fun to do some quick sketches of the chickens there. Since they were in pens, it was easier than chasing free range chickens, but still it was a challenge since of course they are constantly moving! After working a few minutes on some ink gesture drawings I moved to another pen and did some quick pencil sketches intending to paint these in watercolor. I also did a watercolor sketch of a nearby Canna Lily.
Continuing the chicken theme, I recently drew in pencil, then painted “Hattie” in watercolor from one of the many photographs of chickens I’ve taken over the years. She is the first of a new series of animal portraits I have available in my Daily Paintworks gallery. Here are some photos of the painting process of “Hattie” starting with the pencil drawing (and some watercolor, since I just couldn’t wait to get started!)
I used my new set of Sakura Koi watercolors.
Hattie Watercolor on hot press paper 6 x 6 inches unframed Sold
After a busy couple of months, I’m back painting in oils. To start, I decided to take a panel I painted a background on a few months ago – now that it was finally dry!
This was painted with a palette knife with leftover oil paint — a fun thing to do, but then I found out it can take ages to dry when you glop oil paint onto a wooden board like this…!
I went through some of my “photos to paint” folder and came upon a photo I’d taken of a small owl sculpture. I quickly drew the owl onto my panel with a brush and odorless mineral spirit diluted oil paint, then began to paint with more diluted paint in a fast sketchy manner.
I built up layers, using a lot of mineral spirits, liking how it made for a more fluid, smooth application of my sticky paint.
I thought I was finished at this point, but let it sit overnight, and discovered some things that bothered me, so I worked a bit more on it. What do you think? Finished now?