Author: debrha

Oil Painting: Apple with Branch

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Apple with Branch, 8.5 by 11, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

This painting was quick and painless – nice break from a lingering larger piece that I’m feeling less sure about. I used photos from our visit to an apple orchard last fall. We tried to pick properly without damage to the trees, but a few twig casualties did occur. For painting I like fruit with leaves and sticks attached – nice for context. I also enjoy the effects of light, like that golden, glowing reflection on the white plate.

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Oil Painting: White Doe

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This one kept me occupied for a while: White Doe, 24 by 36 inches, oil on cradled hardboard. Like flowers and fruit, deer have a long and symbolic history in painting and art. I was looking through some books on the inspiring work of Gerhard Richter, and this is a humble, more literal nod to his Stag painting. The larger format gave me quality time to ponder the meaning of wilderness, and my role in the natural world.

Oil Painting: Goldenrod

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16 by 40 inches, oil on gallery wrapped canvas (1.5 inches deep), ©2015 Deb Anderson
16 by 40 inches, oil on gallery wrapped canvas (1.5 inches deep), ©2015 Deb Anderson

Over my head in fall foliage! Focused on brushstrokes here (as always?) – aiming for simple, elegant shapes that communicate and are interesting to look at. I hope you like it. I just had another blog anniversary – I am grateful for the many generous and encouraging visitors over the years. Thanks!

This painting is for sale – contact me if you’re interested. I’m holding off on putting it in the etsy shop for a bit.

Oil Painting: Fog at Sunrise

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8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson
8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

A blanket of fog lifts over the rolling Nebraska hills as the sun rises – a very beautiful and strange effect of light.

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Oil Painting: Lily Lake

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8 by 10 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard
8 by 10 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard

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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Oil Painting: Split Rail to Longs Peak

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9 by 12 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson
9 by 12 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson

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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Watercolor Painting: Moon Over the Ridge

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Watercolor, 5.5 by 6.5 inches
Moon Over the Ridge, Watercolor, 5.5 by 6.5 inches

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.

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