Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Little Girl's Treasure

"A Little Girl's Treasure"   6" x 8"  Oil on Gessobord

I’m fortunate to have been able to get into a weekly class taught by Mark Daily.  We’re working on still life right now.  I love the outdoors and the landscape so this is not something that I’m driven towards. But I understand that like figure drawing much can be learned and applied towards my landscapes.

I placed a piece of glass over purple card stock.  The lighting situation was a little difficult as it wasn’t a strong directional light but a light that was overhead and threw shadows in different directions. Pretty challenging for me.

The ornament is one that was given to my grandmother by her grandmother over 100 years ago.  I have several ornaments that were hers that I treasure very much.  I looked forward to spending  the night with her, cuddled up and listening to all her childhood memories that were tied to those ornaments.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Snow on the Course

"Snow on the Course"   8" x 6"   Oil on Gessobord
There's a golf course just down the road from me. It has a lot of colorful willow brush and tons of trees. I trekked over after the snow and caught this scene. 

The reds and oranges in this photo of the painting are a bit saturated.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Coming over Berthoud

"Coming Over Berthoud"   6" x 8"  Oil on Gessobord

This is a view coming over Berthoud pass towards Winter Park, CO in the early spring. I look forward to each year I head up to my timeshare. This year I got the added benefit of beautiful light hitting the clouds.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Brilliant Skies

"Brilliant Skies"  6" x 8"  Oil on Gessobord
The colors in this distant storm were mesmerizing. A storm hanging over the line of cliffs, the blues reflecting brightly in the river.  Again, another painting done primarily with the palette knife. Lots of fun!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Orange Days

"Orange Days"  6" x 6"   Oil on Gessobord
I really liked the bright oranges against the super dark background. Tried to keep it loose. I used a palette knife for the majority of the painting.


"Mellow"   6" x 6"  Oil on Gessobord
Found this guy on PMP. I switched up the background and changed the design to push the flowers behind him. Fun playing with the background and making the flowers look detailed without detailing. Does that make sense?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Cyan Bowl

"Cyan Blue"   6" x 6"  Oil on Gessobord
I found this beautiful photograph on PMP. I played a bit with color and proportions. Used a palette knife for quite a bit of it. I absolutely love the cyan blue and orange.

The orange color in the photo of this painting comes across a slightly more saturated than what is actually represented in the painting.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tuesday Afternoon

"Tuesday Afternoon"    6" x 6"  Oil on Gessobord
Hiking on a Tuesday afternoon, peaceful and beautiful with the fall colors. This fly fisherman caught me off guard. I didn't see him as I walked along but heard his line as he cast out into the reflections of the trees.                        

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kountz Lake Sunset

"Kountz Lake Sunset"  7" x 5"  Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Board

So many beautiful sunsets to be seen at Kountz Lake in Belmar Park.  Kountz Lake is one of my favorite lakes and great that it is not far from where I live.  There are lots of wildlife, birds and waterfowl.  Several walking paths will take you around the park and lake. 

The trees, bushes and the bird atop the tree were silhouetted against the sunset.  I can’t find any reference to the name of the bird.  I think it’s an egret.  There’s a tree that sits in the lake that is leafless. Dozens of these birds perch upon it.  It’s cool but a little eerie.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Squeezing in a Quick Run

"Squeezing in a Quick Run"   7" x 5"   Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Board

Early morning and this gal looked like she had a million things on her mind as she passed Violet and me.  She was wearing a bright pink top, pink shoes and to top it off, beautiful auburn hair.  The sunlight reflecting on that auburn hair gave it an orange cast.   I loved it all against those blue shadows.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

8 am Light on the Birches

"8am Light on the Birches"  Oil on Gessobord

I love the early morning light streaking through the houses and trees. The rays of light making the grass look almost neon, highlighting the whole length of the birch trees, creating long shadows that stretch across the walk and the road. 

I'm having a heck of a time getting good pics when there are oranges or reds in the painting. Both colors come out much more saturated in the photo of the painting. So, the orange bush in the painting is actually closer to a rusty orange.

I've got to figure something out as I've got a couple of Southwest landscapes I wanted to enter into a show but can't come up with a good photo, aargh. 

8 am is starting to feel pretty chilly. It won’t be long before the birch will start showing us their fall colors. The greens of their leaves have already softened quite a bit. A couple more weeks and those leaves will be skittering across the road driving Violet to a frenzy. She loves chasing leaves.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Red Rock in the Distance

"Red Rocks in the Distance"  5" x 7"   Oil on Gessobord
Violet is able to walk 2x day, 5-10 min.We were able to walk a few blocks over to the edge of my neighborhood.This is looking northwest.You can barely see Red Rocks Amphitheater on the distant mountain.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Storm has Passed

"Storm has Passsed"    5" x 7"   Oil on Gessobord
30 Paintings, 30 Days, #75,

5” x 7”   Oil on Gessobord

​A quick storm passing through in the late afternoon.  The sun is low and there are deep shadows and streams of late afternoon sunlight.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Little Red Roofed Shed

"Little Red Roofed Shed"   5" x 7"   Oil on Gessobord

30 Paintings, 30 Days, #82,

This little shed sits back on one of the paths Violet and I walk.  I sometimes think I should make it a project.  Set up different times of day, different weather conditions.  Seems like the colors change dramatically every time I come around the corner.  Perhaps……