Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wish I Fished

This was one tough painting.  It started out nicely but once I put the boat in things got complicated.
Simplifying shapes can be such a challenge for me.
I just kept adding too much information about the wonderful boat afloat!  I still think it has to much info, but I just got tired of fussing too much.   At one point or  another I was just trying not to mess up even more.  Don't you just hate that when it happens.  It takes all the fun out of painting.  All in all I enjoyed working with the color combinations but I know I can do better than this.  I am in Santa Fe this week and now will head off to some galleries for inspiration and check out some artist who  really know how to simplify!  I might even change a few things later on this painting and have another post.  

Monday, February 9, 2009

Scottish Countryside

This is a 12x6 oil that was inspired by a dear friends photograph from her trip to Scotland.  The photo was taken around West Kilbride.  I have been studying my  Van Gogh books to emulate his wonderful strokes of wheat.  I hope to do more of this series also, so check back for some more Van Gogh inspirations. 

Sunday, February 8, 2009


This was a fun piece to do.  My paint was just a little too juicy to get much separation in my strokes.  I think I need to experiment with letting my painting set up a little more before building up the strokes.   Just love these little panels to loosen up on!