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Review of “Rainy Day” oil on paper plein air study ~

The weather has been soggy these past few weeks, which puts plein air painting on the back burner for a little while longer. So I decided to set up the gear inside by a window and pretend I was plein air painting. This worked out well, as I didn’t have to struggle with the elements and had all creature comforts available. I know, you’re saying “That’s cheating!” Well, you are correct, but I have to keep moving forward! I freely admit, I’m a lightweight when it comes to the elements!

I am still in the process of re-working  my gear to include only the most necessary items, which means going through and honestly evaluating all the equipment. In the past, I’ve carried way too much stuff. Plus, I have had to pack brushes and paint into my plein air bag from the studio, which was always a hassle. Now I am almost complete with having two of everything: gear for plein air and gear for studio. Now I can grab my bag and go when inspiration strikes.

It was pouring rain yesterday when I worked on this piece and fog was a problem, as at times it rolled in so thick I couldn’t see my scene. Here’s what I was looking at:


Forest and the road

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“Sunset on the Villa” #oil Painting

“Sunset on the Villa” is officially done! I’m so happy to be moving on to other subjects. This is the very reason I enjoy painting small; large paintings take too long. The piece is 16″x20″ and was painted in oils with a limited Palette. Here’s a peek at my palette:

Coral colors on the palette


I recently decided to check out what Pantone’s Color of the year for 2019 is and was surprised to find out it is Living Coral! And look what colors are on my palette – corals!

I often paint intuitively with respect to colors and this happened to me last year as well with the Pantone Color which was Violet. I painted a lot of purple flowers last year and didn’t know what the Color of the Year was until late fall. Maybe I’m just in tune with my surroundings? So now I’m hyper sensitive to oranges. I’m seeing this color everywhere especially in Hallmark movies made this year! Even orange trucks are making their debut!

Anyway, Orange isn’t on the top of my list for favorite colors so don’t ask me why I chose to use this color palette on “Sunset on the Villa”. But I’m pleased with the end result.

I imagine the owner has had a hard day at picking grapes and worked until sunset. One box of grapes was forgotten by the road. Now it’s time for dinner as a warm cozy fire begins to crackle. What’s for dinner? Perhaps spaghetti and meatballs with a nice glass of wine. My fave!


“Sunset at the Villa”

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on the painting. This is done for online purposes only).


Next up I’ll be doing some paintings of grapes and wine genres as a continuation of this Italian theme.

More later ~ Rhonda

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“Milk Bottle”

“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” oil on panel

“Milk Bottle” is framed in black with a silver liner. The watermark is not on the painting.

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“Eggs” oil on panel

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:

“Eggs” oil on panel

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.

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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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“Leaves”

Here’s another in the “Leaves” 4×4 series. Can you tell I love saturated colors?

This one was done with a brush. I like using palette knives but love the finer look that can be achieved with brushes. Definitely more exploration with knives will be done this year!

“Leaves” oil on canvas

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Decorating for Fall

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.

 

 

fall decor ideas

 


Here’s a closer view of this little painting:

Leaves on the driveway oil 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!

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“Pink Roses”

“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 oil painting

“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!

 

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Deception is everywhere!

I do not buy likes

I came across some interesting information the other day that really ruffled my feathers, so to speak. The information came to me via an email this company sent me about my Instagram account. At first I ignored it but then a few days later, decided to read it and understand what the email was really about. It started off explaining how my account could see exponential growth if I would just follow certain guidelines.

Well, I’m already doing what the email suggested I do and I am not having any luck at gaining “exponential” growth. In fact I’m lucky if I ever get more than 20 likes or 50 views on any given post. In fact its so frustrating I’m ready to close my Instagram account! I see many many accounts with thousands of likes the minute they post! How can this be? I see accounts with 10,000 plus followers and I wonder “why does this account have so many followers when there’s really nothing special about it”? Or I’ll see accounts with ZERO posts and the account is private but they have 5,000+ followers! How can that be?

I’ve been so discouraged by all of this and it really plays a mind trick on me. I’ve even gone so far as to contact Instagram support only to be completely ignored and even punished via shadow banning! Then this adds to my frustration because any new person landing on my page sees I only have 182 followers on a good day and 20 or less likes on a post and it makes them head for the hills!

Well check out what the company that emailed me is all about:


“We make you popular on Instagram!” You can read about this website called Instaswift, HERE

Instaswift offers one the ability to pay for likes and followers, as much or as little as you want. It’s discreet and runs in the background and Instagram will “never find out” according to the website disclaimer.



This makes me so upset I could spit nails! Have any of you wondered about this on Instagram? I have an artist friend on Instagram who is so upset about not gaining followers and likes that she’s taking a four month sabbatical from Instagram.



Go and read this website for yourself. I’ve linked up every photo, of the screen captures from their website. I’m sure this is not the only service out there! I call B.S.!! And for the record I will NOT be one of those who pays for likes and followers. So if you should ever visit me on Instagram and wonder why I have so few followers and likes, it’s because they are genuine and not paid for! The worst thing about this whole thing: Instagram REWARDS those who have a high amount of likes and followers by putting their posts at the forefront of the “TOP” of the list of most seen posts.

So not right! 👎🏻 I just thought I’d share in case you were wondering why you see this phenomenon on Instagram. User beware! ~ Rhonda

UPDATE: As of 12-31-18 I closed all my social media accounts. This blog is the only place I am posting as my social media outlet.

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“Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River”

Wow that’s a long tittle! But that’s where this painting was originated so that has to be the title. Right? This one is nearly ready for varnishing, which is the best part because it unifies all the colors and makes them pop!

Fly Fishing

“Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River” is done in oil and painted on panel. It will be framed in black with a gold liner. It’s the second of a new series called “Reflections”.