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!
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.
I just love this time of year and using nature as a decorating theme! Pine cones, acorns and the tinsel on the Christmas tree are some of my favorite things. In fact, I was inspired to paint some miniature oil paintings with these subjects, and I use them as part of my holiday decor. I hope your holiday planning is going well and you are enjoying this time of year! I’ll be sharing more Christmas paintings this week. 🙂
“Cardinal in the Snow” is another of my Christmas collection oil paintings. It’s done on 4″x4″ gallery wrapped box canvas. Here’s a look at how I use these mini paintings in my decor:
I have a little Christmas village that’s so fun to display and the mini paintings above complete the ambience. Every year I decorate a little differently and these little paintings can be used in a variety of vignettes. Small paintings are easily changed and moved to suit ones’ needs and don’t cost a fortune to own! By the way, my blog posts don’t show it in the WordPress reader, but did you know I have a shop where you can purchase paintings? If interested, just click HERE.
I love decorating for the fall and I think my miniature oil paintings make great subjects for themes to decorate with. This 4″x4″ oil on canvas titled “Leaves on the Driveway” works well with fall leaves and corn cobs.
Here’s a closer view of this little painting:
It was painted entirely with a palette knife and has great texture and lots of juicy color! What’s your favorite way to decorate for fall? Do you use fine art as part of your decor? Hit me with some comments and lets strike up a convo!
“Pink Roses”, framed in a custom walnut stained frame is an 8″x10″ oil on canvas. Painted in warm tones, which evokes a sense of romance from yesteryear.
These beautiful pink roses are the last for this year. The rose petals are a delicate pink and bloom in groups that almost look like a bouquet from the flower shop. It’s my favorite rose-bush! Do you love roses as much as I do? What’s your favorite flower?
“Pink Roses” original oil painting will soon be available in the shop.
This one of a kind floral painting would make a
beautiful gift for that special someone this Christmas!