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Sunset at the Villa

In my last post I shared a 16″x20″ painting I’ve been working on depicting an Italian scene at sunset. I’m now at the final adjustment stages and am very pleased with how this piece is progressing. Just a bit of contrast tweaking, and some other little details and I’ll be able to let this one dry for a long while before giving it a good coat of varnish.

It was painted with a limited palette consisting of only four colors, yellow ocher, cad. red, white and black. I did however add just a touch of cerulean blue to the shutters for a surprise pop of color. One thing that is hard for you to see is that the sun is not as large as depicted. The camera cannot pick up subtle variations in highlights.

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on the painting, but is instead signed with my maiden name.)

Sunset at the Villa

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Snowmaggeden and work in progress

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;

Snow

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.

Work in progress

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:

Digital art

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.

Stay warm!

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New work in progress~

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!

 

Work in progress

 

 

 

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“Winter Glow”

“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?


“Winter Glow” oil painting

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“Seattle Skyline at Sunset” oil on canvas

“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! 👍🏻😊


Seattle Skyline in the studio


Palette

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:

Seattle Skyline at Sunset

(The TMS watermark is not on the painting)

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The plan before the painting

Color studies

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?

Here’s the finished painting:

“Prelude to a Storm” oil painting
“Prelude to a Storm”
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Plein Air Painting

This past weekend we did the last camping trip of the season. The area was gorgeous with all the fall colors! Had warm temps the first two days but the last day the weather changed and became cold and windy. The next day when we were leaving we had to pack up in the rain! 🤪

I had to paint sitting inside the UTV because I forgot the connecting piece to my tripod. (Left it on the camera). It was all good because it protected me somewhat from the cold winds.

Painting beginnings

Here’s the beginning where I’m sketching the scene on a piece of acetate to lay out my composition.


Plein Air Painting

You can see how bundled up I was. Not the most comfortable way to paint!


St. Joe River

And this is the scene I was painting. It’s a part of the St Joe River. I got all my base layers in and took a good amount of reference photos to finish in the studio. All in all a great trip! 😊

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“Fly Fishing” oil on panel

 

Fly-Fishing

Standing in a creek casting a fly in hopes of catching the big one is the ultimate fun! This painting was a joy to paint and is lovely to gaze upon with all its dark jewel tones. It’s truly one of my favorite paintings!

 

 

 

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The Bridge at Buttonhook Original Oil painting

There’s a lovely old footbridge which connects the mainland to a small island on our lake that’s fun to explore. At the top of the island is a small bench overlooking the bay where one can sit and watch boats come in and out. I love the look of this bridge with its old worn boards and the grasses beneath it. This is a small works oil painting on panel and is available in the shop.