A six inch window into summer. In this small painting I focused again on making interesting, descriptive brush marks. Water lilies have this fresh, crisp elegance. The reflections add an interesting element, too. The water is deep and dark, and the bits of red ground bring the heat. Rivers and lakes of western Michigan have been a big part of family vacation and recreation for me. Canoeing, paddle boating, speed boating and swimming.
Remember that night we were camping at Warren Dunes, and we tried to make it to the Lake Michigan beach for the sunset? We were a little late, but the vibrant sky and the dark beach and the fresh air felt like another planet. This little painting doesn’t do it justice, but it was fun to try.
This small wave painting is 6 inches square, lovely water and sky on a Lake Michigan Beach. I’ve been working in (and working on) the studio, but I’m hoping to paint outdoors again soon, especially with the weather so fine. So far improvements to the studio are limited to cleaning. I’d like to put up some art shelves and maybe rearrange furniture in there. Clear it out!
I’m happy to have started posting on Instagram this week: photos, sketches, and pictures of paintings in progress. If you use Instagram find me at debrhapainting.
I also listened to some interesting podcasts and videos recently. The artist Beck Lane shares many videos on youtube. Her three basic rules, if I’m remembering right: 1. There are no rules, 2. It doesn’t matter, and 3. Everything is fixable.
Peas are planted, peach tree is blooming – happy spring!!
This is a radiant little orange. I was having some trouble with it – I accidentally put the orange right in the center of the board. I wiped the painting down, started over and it came together. “Brave little orange faces the future.”
Spring break, and the sun is out between waves of thunderstorm. We’ve had some fun group painting sessions here this week. I’ll post photos of the work soon. This is a 9 by 12 inch oil on gessoed hardboard.
I usually don’t look up the names of these plants until I’m done painting them (ended up realizing one painting was of poison ivy). The purple flowers here are pickerel weed – appropriate since they were growing in Pickerel Lake, a place our family vacationed every summer for many years. So many dark jewel tones – this was a fun one.
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This 20 by 24 inch painting is based on my mom’s beautiful flower gardens in Michigan. Hollyhocks, hibiscus, balloon flower, marigolds, and sage, among other things.