Saturday, December 18, 2010

Still Painting

I'm still working on this one.  This landscape painting is definitely challenging (I think I'm getting lost in the clouds), but after adding some sharp lines to the river and clouds, I am getting more comfortable with it.  I'm also working on another one simultaneously.  My goal is to have them both done by Monday.  Then I will be working on finishing up some other ones before the year ends and doing a review of my paintings in 2010, many of which I have never posted.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Studio Session- New Painting, Potomac River Skyscape

Here is a new painting I started last night on a large toned canvas.  I am using photographs I took recently (while in the passenger's seat) of the Potomac River looking at Washington DC.  The painting is going well so far, but I'm obviously not done yet.  I worked really fast, probably due to the fact that I had an unusual amount of coffee for that time of night for me.  Usually I work in the morning, so I needed help painting at night.

I am thinking about "passages" while painting this one, especially as I complete it.  I want to make sure the blue sky can flow through the clouds easily so it does not get caught in them and that the viewer has a place where they can "enter" the painting.

Friday, December 3, 2010

New Painting: Skyscape from the Highway

Here is the painting I did this week, still working on a title.  This landscape painting is inspired by photos I took while driving (I know, it's a bad habit...) on 295 to see my sister a few weeks ago.  The clouds were so beautiful all along the way I just couldn't help but stare at them the whole way to Baltimore.  I always feel like the sky is talking to me, urging me to paint it.  It seems to automatically arrange itself in such a perfect composition when I happen to be looking at it.  A lot of the time it is when I am driving, so I always pray for traffic when it is especially beautiful so I can stop and stare.  And maybe take some pictures for later...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Recent Happenings

Sunset Over the Rooftops, Portsmouth, 2009, oil
Recent painting exhibited in Celebrating Movement
I just bought a new camera and have lots of new work to show.  This week, I had a small painting of mine in a show, "Celebrating Movement" at The Del Ray Artisans Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia.  The show just ended Sunday, but I found out my painting sold (my first!).  November 2010 I had the privilege of participating in another show, "Blue", also at the DRA, and I painted 3 large paintings.  I just finished one this past Monday and I am feeling really good about them.  I can feel myself developing as an artist, really finding my niche.  You will see the difference in my style when I put up photographs of my paintings in the next few days.  Thanks for  reading!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Current Work- Website

These past couple of months I have been making art, but I am trying to set up a website for myself and somehow embed the blog into it, and it is still in progress. I will post here until the site is completed. Lately I have been busy with new painting projects and sending off my work to different exhibition opportunities.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Newport Paintings: Part II

This one I painted during the day. Again, this landscape painting features Newport Harbor, and is 5 x 7" done in oil on canvas board. This is another view from where I stayed looking to the bridge and Goat Island. The U.S. Naval War College is on the other side of the bridge. I would sleep with my windows cracked, although it was cool at night. This way I could hear them play the National Anthem at dawn, and Taps at night. I did not mind waking up so early. It was beautiful the way the water was so deserted that the sound carried over the Harbor. I chose analogous shades of green and blue to represent the brightness and crispness of the day in Newport.

Check back on Monday for my third painting in this series.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Newport Paintings: Part I

Here is the first of the 3 landscape paintings I painted entirely en plein air while I was in Newport, Rhode Island a few weeks ago. This one is an Impressionist 5 x 7" small oil painting on canvas board. In all three, I featured Newport Harbor as my subject, as we were staying right on the edge of it, and it was quite comfortable to sit outside and paint these small ones.

This painting was done at dusk on my first day in Newport. I felt relaxed, but filled with anticipation as I thought of all the beauty I would be sure to see in the next week. The sun slid behind the other side of the harbor, turning the sky orange, and lit up the harbor water until it turned a very light yellow. The homes across the way at Goat Island are deserted until the season begins. A lone sailboat is docked in the harbor, waiting patiently for its owner to come back as the day slips away with the sun.

Check back tomorrow for my next painting in the Newport series.