Here is beautiful Nymph Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, with a view of Hallett Peak. Our hiking trail led on from here to Dream Lake, and eventually to Emerald Lake at the base of that cliff. For this painting my board was tinted with an orangey red color (transparent red earth). Bits of this color show through and add a lot of warmth and life. I also find that when I have a strong color on the board I tend to use more strong, clean colors in the painting, rather than toning and graying them down too much.
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Beautiful clouds, nearing sunset in Estes Park, CO. I usually cut and gesso my own boards out of hardboard sheets. This was a pre-gessoed board from a craft store, and the surface was very slick. Every brushstroke seemed to cut right back down to the white of the board. It was interesting. I like the texture that gave the mountains.
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We just returned from a road trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. I did a little plein air painting and sketching, also hiking, rock climbing and relaxing :).
Here are two more sketches, one watercolor and one quick oil, and two watercolor paintings by the girls. I’ve nearly finished two studio paintings based on our trip, so check back soon for more Rocky Mountain goodness.
Kris and I met at an art fair this summer and she invited me to sketch and take photos in her beautiful garden. Anemone, flocks, hydrangea, hosta and many other plants provided a fascinating array of colors and textures. I really enjoyed working on this one. I’ve been reading Michael Pollan’s “Second Nature” on and off this summer. He writes about the fuzzy definitions of weed, wild, garden and nature and the role humans play (or think we play) in our environment. So this is going through my mind as I paint. And I might have quoted this before, but lines from an inspiring Fleet Foxes song often go through my mind while painting, too:
If I know only one thing
it’s that everything that I see
of the world outside is so inconceivable
often I barely can speak.
Yeah, I’m tongue-tied and dizzy
and I can’t keep it to myself.
What good is it to sing helplessness blues?
Why should I wait for anyone else?
This pair of paintings was inspired by a beautiful evening on Lake Michigan at Bay de Noc. The slanting light had a silvery effect on the horizon. Working on these wave paintings is so soothing. I can almost hear the waves. I’ll be posting them to etsy soon, but first we’re heading out to the farmers market!
Back from wonderful summertime adventures, just in time for the Glenview Art League Summer Art Fair! Stop by and see me tomorrow and Sunday from 11 to 5 (forecast looks good, yehaa!).
Here’s the finished piece. The white flowers are anemone, also known as windflower. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Greek anemōnē means “daughter of the wind”. This painting was inspired by a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Working on it really brought me back to that space, in that spectacular sunlight.
It will be over in the etsy shop shortly – click on the painting to check it out there.