I painted this knowing it would be going into a winter holiday show at The Castle Gallery so I kept the palette fairly cool. The model is the same person who posed for me for previous paintings and this is also on her fiance's farm. She struck this rather serious, pensive expression which is appropriate for a young woman at the cusp of making big changes in her life. The rusting farm equipment in the background added a punch of warm color to balance her skin tones in the otherwise grey left side of the painting.
I painted this as a birthday gift to my dear friend Kristina. Kristina is one of the most insightful, compassionate, and fun people I know and had the great privilege to work with when she was a therapist at our hospital. Since we've both more or less retired, we've had lots of fun play dates, indulging in various crafts, cooking projects, and gallery explorations, as well as kayaking with our husbands. She's always coming up with something new and interesting to do, which most recently was cheese making! She was a pleasure to paint and I hope I did credit to both her inner and outer beauty.
I'm just back from another great workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry, this time held in Lexington, Kentucky. The weather on the drive down was less than auspicious, pelting me with wind and rain all the way from Indiana, through Ohio, and into Kentucky. And shortly after settling into my hotel, tornado warnings began for Lexington and the counties surrounding it and continued well into the night. This was the view from my room. The block of buildings impressively lit up by the setting sun, was where the workshop was held.
Happily, the ominous weather of my arrival day cleared up beautifully by the next day and remained fine for the next three days of the workshop.
Dreama is a treasure and her workshop was in every way, as inspiring and informative as I remembered. Additionally, it was a pleasure to be in the company of the lovely women who also attended. Every one of us were in love with painting and reveled in the experience.
The two paintings with the geraniums were done from photos provided by Dreama to the entire class, from which she demonstrated her techniques. The cat painting is from my own reference of our Kitty Pie.
My friend's daughter recently got engaged and in the bargain, will be moving to her new husband's hobby farm. She was a sport to look the part and pose for me in a little country dress I brought along.
Despite the perhaps misleading title, Dan isn't a derelict junk collector. He's a musician and master gardener with an awesome vegetable garden, and a really nice guy. All summer he cans those beautiful veggies and recently gave me lessons on canning green beans, hence the title.
When we go paddling on the river near our home, we often go past this lovely old building that had probably been built as a church but is now an antique store. I'm loving the challenge of painting water these days and this was a great subject.
A small painting of my husband in his garden, tending to his volunteer sunflowers and Shasta daisies, which are so much fun to paint. He has lots of tomatoes and peppers as well, sharing space and competing for sunshine, and somehow we always get more tomatoes than we, or our friends and family can use. I was compelled to paint this scene because of the wonderful back lighting around Scott, obscuring his face but creating the warm glow around him and outlining the cool shadows of his white t-shirt. And also because of the cheerful medley of flowers and greenery and their interplay of light and shadows.
Plein air is still unconquered territory for me. Last week I went out with friends to paint and couldn't even remember how to set up my french easel. Right after the long and awkward period of setting up, spreading out my copious equipment, and settling in to paint, the bugs descended and I discovered the one thing I didn't pack was bug spray. Additionally, in spite of being a dog lover, the dog that lived on this property didn't love me back. She didn't think I should be there and made her point painfully clear.
On the upside, it was a beautiful morning with comfortable temperatures, and I found this lovely tree grove dappled with sun and shadows. We were only there for a couple of hours but enough time for me to get down the composition and values and enough information to finish this up at home. I think I'll try it again, someday.