Friday, October 13, 2017

TIPS ON THE RIGHT ART SUPPLY

Sometimes, choosing the right paper is half the job. I love the way the grain of this paper is just right for indicating the misty & moody fall hues, 


thru the use of graphite & pastel.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FALL HUES OUTSIDE MY STUDIO

Another morning of trying to capture the light & atmosphere. I want to emphasis the contrast between the yellow foliage against the dark silhouette of the meadow.

graphite sketch with dashes of pastel

Adding other colors would change the mood of the scene.

Monday, September 11, 2017

SUNFLOWER PATTERN

Sometimes, it's as simple as looking up in the sky to send me back into my studio.

SKY+DAISY+SUNFLOWER= NEW DESIGN

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

BEHIND THE SCENE, revisiting some old ideas

A collection is never finish. Some late daisy from my garden, last week, inspire me to dig out some illustrations from my archive...



Revisiting & experimenting with icons & texture. Photoshop allows me to try out a few variations fairly quickly.


WIP



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

PLEIN AIR WITH PASTEL

Always searching for ways to express my reaction to nature's beauty. The best part of plein air painting is that I don't get caught up in details. 

I like to use pastel to express a misty morning. I love the spontaneity of the medium. Pastel tends to evoke rather than inform.

I was not far from home, so I can easily clean up. I'm at a stage where I cant decide if I just want to play with pretty colors or experiment with some color combo to express the mood of a foggy morning...

with the fog burning off, it's a different scene!

Friday, July 21, 2017

MEADOW WEEDS, EN PLEIN AIR

Ten thousand pictures come & go every day. Just dont have the time to paint every picturesque corner of Delaware County. It's always a treat to be able to set up my easel to start something. This is an easy scene, since Summer is all about greens.

an excuse to play with pretty greens

mostly strokes, that's how grass grows

I usually rely on my memory to finish the painting in my studio


finish!

Monday, July 17, 2017

ARTIST OPEN STUDIO

It's open studio time! It seems there's a different art tour happening every weekend. I wonder if artists will out number farmers eventually, in my area. This gallery at Rosemary Farm is most interesting. You just have to look out the window & see the artist's inspirations. This horse sanctuary is started by one little artist, she's doing some amazing things!



Monday, July 10, 2017

PAINTING SUMMER FOG

Another morning of trying to captue the light & atmosphere. I use clear blue & soft purple hues to convey the tonal feeling of how the fog softens the whole landscape.


Friday, June 9, 2017

EXCERCISE WITH BLUE & MAGENTA

What a difference a day makes. One view, many moods.

From endless rain to colorful sunset. Mother nature never repeats itself.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

EXCERCISE WITH GREENS & PURPLE

Sometimes, inspiration to start a new sketch is as simple as using up some extra paints that's on my palette.




With all this rain in May, the mountains are bursting with greens!

Friday, May 26, 2017

SPONTANEOUS PLEIN-AIR COMPOSITION

Pink & green is definitely the palette outside my window.

With my paints set out & ready, it's much easier & faster to finish a sketch. A small sketchbook can make the process faster too. The name of the game is to capture the fleeting light & atmosphere.

This #4 Silver Ultra Mini is perfect for layering on the impressionistic blossoms & flickering light.

Friday, May 19, 2017

GIFTS FROM THE WOODLAND

I'm sort of channeling Georgia O'Keeffe with this little Wood Anemone. She is best known for her enlarged flowers. By magnifying her subject, she emphasized shape & color, & brought attention to the tiny details within a little flower. With our busy lives, we haven't the time to see such a tiny flower. To SEE, takes time!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

NEW DESIGN, THE PROCESS

This Japanese temple was painted from a trip to the Orient in the 70's.

Peacock pattern came from an illustration that I painted in  my college days.

Apple blossom branch was painted in the 90's

This little wren was on my deck this week

This new design spans 35 years of painting!