I swore I wouldn't post another snow scene until next Winter, but I kept dabbling at this painting, and wanted it to be over and done with. Some paintings just scream "I'm FINISHED!", and others seem to need pushing and prodding ad nauseum. The paintings on copper are especially a bear, because I like the copper to show through in appropriate places. In this painting, the orange sunset and a bit of the reflection in the water are copper.
I am having such fun with this rose. I love pink anyways, and the hints of orange, magenta, yellow, blue, and red just make it all luscious. Balancing the detail with the vague is the challenge now, but I think I am almost finished.
This painting took on a bit of a fantasy quality as I worked to get the light hitting the waves of earth in the field. My husband said it reminded him of a Thomas Kincaid painting, which made me laugh. I like the colors and feeling of cold early morning and peacefulness in the old homestead. Sometimes we all need that Thomas Kincaid feeling.
From time to time I get notices from friendly fans that someone is using my images for their own gains. Several Chinese companies paint "original paintings" for $39, but they are using (stealing) another artist's images to copy their "original". I really hate that, but other than emailing the company to take my image off their website, there is not much I can do. Some artists use watermarks on their images, but I think those can very easily be photo-shopped out. In fact, there are people who specialize in this service on graphic design service websites.
I don't have the time or inclination to chase down image thieves, but I appreciate a warning from y'all.
On a positive note, if someone asks me if they can use one of my images to teach a class, use it as a tattoo (my mouth says yes but my head screams "nooooooo!"), or post it on their own blog, I almost always say yes. I appreciate being asked.
I am posting this older piece, as I don't have anything fresh of the easel at the moment. I just love this painting. After careful deliberation (and asking some artist friends there opinion) I decided to leave the background unpainted. So yes, all those white areas are the white paper.
I am heading back to California this weekend for some family time. And I will be taking my watercolors. Maybe I will bring my Plein Air box too! hmmm. I am always jealous when I see photos of artists painting on the beach.
This painting is currently in a gallery. Please contact me for purchase information.
One of my marbles and origami paintings is included in the Arnot Art Museum 74th Regional Exhibition. The Museum is a little jewel in Elmira, NY, and lo and behold, it features representational work. Can't wait to see the exhibit. The opening reception is Friday night at 5:30.
A 20 minute pencil drawing. I usually don't draw the face full on like this, but this came out pretty well; a good likeness of the model. I've been experimenting with pastel color pencils, but still prefer good old fashioned 4B pencil. And an eraser.
My painting "Practice Compassion" won third place at the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Spring Show. The juror was John Salminan, and he said this about the paintings "I look at each painting several times. At first, the technical proficiency of the piece draws my attention, as I revisit the painting, a story or emotion that the painting conveys becomes more compelling."
I think most artists are drawn to technique. You can always tell a visiting artist at an exhibition, because they have their nose right up to the painting.
But, I think it is human nature to be impressed by any kind of mastery of anything. I am frequently blown away that my mechanic can drive my old car down the street, and know exactly what the problem is. That an experienced musician can listen for a few minutes, then join in perfectly with a band he has never played with before. That a construction crew can take a drawing, and a pile of timber, and build an amazing house.
But, to touch the heart is a true gift, and something that technical mastery does not guarantee. I appreciate Mr Salminan pointing this out.
My painting extravaganza is coming to a close for awhile; I have several commercial illustration projects to work on. I will be posting some older work, and a few attempts at Plein Air painting planned for later in the month.
Here I am with my newest print on canvas. It is 24 x 29", and looks great. I have the best printer in the world: Lisa Langer at Pencil In The River Studio.
This painting is from a photo I took of Lake Champlain when we were in Vermont last Fall. The lake and the mountains are MUCH larger, than they look here, but I wanted a less grand scale landscape for this teeny tiny canvas.
A plein air painting trip to Linwood Gardens is on the agenda for this weekend. I hope the weather cooperates.
I painted a series of "wines" for an exhibit at the Grape Center in Chautauqua County last year. This was the largest and favorite, though next time I think I will really tighten up the composition to the pour.