Monday, September 26, 2016

plein air

 "Fall Reflections" 9" x 12"
"Sunflowers" 8" x 8"

Another Sunday on Sauvie Island, painting plein air with the peaceful painters.  The first was outside the wildlife area where I'd been before, but the gate was closed.  Hunting season already?  I still found a lovely view to paint, and later went to Kruger's Farm to paint a field of sunflowers.  Lots of inspiration there from piles of pumpkins to the tempting smells of roasted corn and hot dogs.  With this glorious sunny September weather, must paint outdoors as much as possible!  The 8" x 8" painting on board is the first of 10 that will be in the Big 500 this holiday season.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Green Scooter

"Green Scooter", 12" x 12" oil on canvas

The other day as I was driving home I had to stop to take a photo of this motor scooter parked in front of a shop.  Not my usual subject, but I immediately fell in love with this scene and had to paint it, which I did on top of a previous painting, letting some of the colors show through in layers.  I like the colors, shadows, shiny highlights, and reflections in the shop windows.  It makes me want to go for a ride!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lavender Paintover

"Vibrant Garden" 14" x 14"

After awhile, my plein air painting of  "Lovely Lavender" at Red Ridge Farms from the Lavender Festival was not satisfying to me.  So I took out some lavender and added the brighter colors that were visible in the other views, and the lavender gradually disappeared!  Now it's vibrant.