So it’s been snowing – ALOT! We had a very mild beginning of winter from Dec. all through Jan. Then things changed big time! First the polar vortex arrived the first week of Feb. and the temps dropped from the low 40’s to 10 for the day time highs with wind chills below zero. Whaaaat? It was sooo cold!
Then the snow arrived. And it dumped a foot of snow the other night! It’s been snowing constantly on and off for the past week. Here’s a peek at our backyard;
In the foreground are the table gardens, virtually gone. I did have some lettuce growing in the greenhouse but the polar vortex took care of that idea. No more lettuce. Next year I hope to have some kind of heat in place in the greenhouse.
In the meantime I’ve been doing some work on the painting I started last week.
I can’t decide how I’m going to lay out the foreground so I figured I’d better stop and work out the composition before going further. I imported the photo of the canvas into a digital photo editing app and played around a bit:
I’m thinking a path and a vineyard on the right. Maybe on the left a field of sunflowers. Some birds in the distance, a chimney, finish door and windows with a pop of blue on the shutters. Lots of work yet to do. I’ll share more as progress continues.
Here’s a new work in progress I’ve started! It’s a 16″x20″ canvas and it will depict an Italian Villa, cause I love all things Italian!
I’m using a limited palette called the Zorn Palette. The palette consists of only four colors – Yellow Ochre, Vermillion, Ivory Black and White. I know! It’s been quite interesting not having blue on my palette. So to compensate, this scene is at sunset! That works for me. I’m also using palette knives as much as possible to give nice juicy texture. There will be cypress trees to the right of the house and I’m thinking a vineyard in the foreground. Originally I under-layed the composition with a thin wash of “tube” green just to give me bearings as to where everything should be. You can see in the trees that I started working on to the left, how nice and true to life mixing your own greens can be, instead of using tube greens. I’ll be working on this for a while and will keep you posted as I progress!
“Milk Bottle” is another in my White Things Series and is painted in oil on 6″x6″ panel. This piece was a bit tricky because the bottle is a ceramic surface and not highly reflective. I really had to push the highlights to portray the surface and not have it look stagnant.
“Milk Bottle” pairs great with my “Eggs” oil painting! I like to decorate in the Farm House style even though I live at the lake so I’m often torn as to what to decorate with. My kitchen is farm house style and the rest of the house is lake themed. Is that weird of me?
“Milk Bottle” is framed in black with a silver liner. The watermark is not on the painting.
During the winter I like to paint still life pieces and “Eggs” oil on panel is one of those. I sketched a few ideas in my sketchbook as to how I thought a composition should be arranged:
I love creating graphite drawings in my sketchbook. Since I used a 6″x6″ panel, I had to work my sketch into a square format. I was happy with the design until I painted it and decided it needed a little more:
I think a little piece of shell with some egg dripping out added a touch of a story to the piece and makes it more interesting. What do you think?
“Eggs” oil on 6″x6″ panel is part of my White Things Series.
“Winter Glow” is an 11″x14″ oil on canvas depicting the sunrise when everything is bathed in a golden glow. So far this winter we haven’t had much snow, it’s been mostly rain! Or it will snow 1″ to 3″ then rapidly melt with warm rain. Thankfully though it’s snowing in the higher elevations so our snow pack should be ok. I don’t mind the rain because I don’t like driving in icy snowy conditions. How’s your winter so far?
“Seattle Skyline at Sunset” is finally finished! It will be varnished, framed then given to the Boys and Girls Club of Spokane for their annual silent art auction and fundraising gala next month. Seattle was the place my hubs and I spent our honeymoon long ago. We had dinner in the Space Needle and watched fireworks on the 4th from across the bay. It was so much fun seeing all the sights. I hope there will be someone in the audience who has fond memories of Seattle and likes my work! 👍🏻😊
The end of a painting is the best part for me since that’s when all the vibrant highlights are put on. These colors are lovely and I hated cleaning them off my palette! Here’s a straight view of the 18″ x 24″ painting on my easel:
When I work on paintings I like to figure out a plan before beginning. I’ll do some compositional grayscale studies first to figure out the lights and darks then move into color swatching followed by small vignettes of the scene. Doing this helps me figure out my tones and a preferred palette. But since I can never paint the same thing twice it seems my favorite piece is always on the study board! So I’m thinking of having this study board framed cause I really like how it looks. What do you think?
A fun little abstract oil painting of leaves. This is another of my miniature 4×4’s that really came out great! A palette knife painting with African overtones. Great for adding a pop of color in out of the way places. 👌🏻
I think I’ll explore more work like this in the coming months.