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.
“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?
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.
Happy New Year!
The last of the roses in our garden had two buds that never opened due to the cold settling in. So I brought them indoors to see if they would open in the warmth of our home. The rose bush I cut them from typically makes peach and dark pink edged roses with hints of yellow, but to my delight when they opened, the roses were all yellow!
I was inspired to paint a new 6″x6″ oil on panel before they were gone, but became frustrated and almost wiped out the smaller rose. I’ll work on it later when I’m in a better frame of mind. Sometimes the paint just gets the better of me. There will be leaves and a bud in the composition when it’s finished. My palette is yellow ocher, cad yellow medium, lemon yellow and the background is a mixture of transparent brown oxide and manganese blue. I hope to work on it some more after Thanksgiving. : ) Stay tuned!
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Don’t you just love the change of seasons? Fall is on the way as summer slowly winds down. The temps are getting cooler and there’s a chill in the morning. I even see trees beginning to change color! Fall is my favorite time of year. Here’s a little painting to set the tone. A 6″x6″ oil on panel ~
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Back to working on my Roses painting. 👍🏻 So I laid the Rose on the palette to make sure the color string was right and then I got paint on the rose, aphids crawled out and got in the paint- then little bits of rosebud pellets fell out of the inside of the rose and covered the palette. 😝
Had to stop and clean everything before snapping a photo! This set off a series of mishaps in which I ultimately dropped the cap to Napthol Red paint on the carpet. It bounced twice and left two nice blobs of juicy oil paint on my blue carpet! Nice one! Needless to say it was a little frustrating!
We’re at the height of summer and flowers blooming in all their glory! These are Fuchsias, some of my favorite flowers! They bloom all summer and the hummingbirds love them. What Flower is at the top of your faves list?