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Friday, April 30, 2010

Painting #49 - Plein Aire Tulip

I could not wait to get back to Wisconsin to paint some tulips and when I saw this one nestled in my daughter's small lilac tree I knew I had to paint it.
Thanks to the squirrel who planted it there.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kelly - Painting #28 and #29 - More Studies of a Black and White Warbler

Painting 28 - Black and White Warbler on Branch

Painting 28 - Black and White Warbler Resembling a Nuthatch

...just a few more studies of the Black and White Warbler in Painting #25.

Kelly - Painting #27 - White-breasted Nuthatch in Purple and Red

Painting 27 - White-breasted Nuthatch in Purple

...another experiment. I wanted to see just how far from reality I could go and still produce a recognizable image. I started with a 20-second paint sketch of a White-breasted Nuthatch in red, then let the purple fall wherever it felt good. Both Rick the Reluctant Birder (my hubby) and my son, Matty, recognized this as a nuthatch. Matty thought it was cool, and Rick wondered if I did it with my own blood... I really enjoyed doing this sketch....fun, fast, tons of pigment...no detail.

Kelly - Painting #26 - Twenty-second Eastern Kingbird

Painting 26 - Twenty-second Eastern Kingbird

I wanted to see what I could paint in twenty seconds. I used one color...and sketched it out with a waterbrush. Twenty seconds is longer than you think when you're just trying for form and not detail. I really enjoyed this exercise. I'll probably end up turning this sketch into a painting later.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Painting #48 - A Very Different Cactus

I get inspired by the strangest things.
Last week Marthann's Musings featured the work of Guiseppe Arcimboldo: Fruit and Vegetable Artist (1527-1593).  It looked like so much fun I was inspired to try it and the result is a "Fruit and Vegetable Cactus".
I have a wacky sense of humor!  LOL

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kelly - Painting #25 - Black and White Warbler Looking in a Hole

Painting #25 - Black and White Warbler Looking in Hole

Black and White Warblers are among my favorite neotropical migrants. I get to see them most of the summer on the Little Miami Trail near my home. This fellow, however, I saw last summer at the Clear Creek Metropark In Hocking Hills (located in southeastern Ohio). Black and White Warblers walk down a tree like a White-breasted Nuthatch. They are fun to watch and listen for.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Place de la Concorde - Claire - 31

I used another photo off of GoogleMaps as inspiration for this sketch.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Painting #47 - Plein Air Landscape

Last week my husband went golfing and I went to a nearby park to paint.
The above painting is my favorite with the reflections in the lake and the mountain in the background.
As I looked at it I thought how interesting that in the space of a few hours I painted a lake with mountains in the background, a sailboat on the lake and two different cacti, all in the same location!  
I used a 6x6 inch accordion folded, 140 # watercolor paper for my plein aire sketches.  I love how it all seems to flow together even though they are all different.
I have other accordion folded journals for these subjects:
plein aire

When they are done I will probably bind them together.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Painting # 46 -Mountain Pine

On Easter Sunday we took a ride up to Mt. Lemmon just for the heck of it.  I brought my painting stuff planning a big painting day.  Not!  I got altitude sickness at the >8000 ft. altitude and this pine is the only sketch I did.
I am getting so hooked on plein aire painting that I keep looking for and making opportunities.  Painting outdoors is just amazingly different than working from photos.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Gardens at the Musee Rodin - Claire 29, 30

For this assignment I used a couple of photos off of the Musee Rodin website as inspiration. What a fun place it would be to take a stroll through the gardens.
This second image was painted from a very small and long photo. It is one of my favorites because of the different format.

Sacred Heart - Claire - 28

Another page from my sketchbook journal from my <imaginary> trip to Paris.... what fun we had!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Paintings # 43, 44 and 45 - Poppy Frenzy

The winter rains in Arizona have brought, and are bringing wildflowers galore.
Poppies are the ones that everyone loves and will travel miles to see a hillside of them.
I got inspired to paint.
This first one is all wet-in-wet with a few lightly defined petals.
Then I moved on to the next one.
Even more definition.

This is the last one with a combination of techniques I tried above.
The light in it is purely accidental but I like it.

I'm not sure my poppy frenzy is over yet.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Painting # 42- Just Having Fun

The Easter bunny changed all these prickly pear cactus to Easter egg cactus.
And then the bunny thought he better hide.  Can you see him?
I had fun doing this and just wanted to share it.

#024 Yellowstone Dogs -- wolf no. 76

M21, the alpha male of the Druid Wolf pack. Once a black wolf, here he has turned quite grey, but is still in him prime. For more information about him go to my blog.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

Painting # 41 Plein Aire Mountains

This location is two hours north of Tucson where I had the occasion to do a plein aire sketch.  It was very windy and the watercolor dried faster than I wanted.  It was the pot of flowers that first got me interested and putting the mountains in was just added fun.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kelly - Painting #22 and Painting #23 - Royal Tern in Sun...Royal Tern in Rain

The Royal Terns along the beach let me walk so close to them. The only thing they seemed to care about was that they all faced in the same direction, and that direction was facing into the wind!

It rained only one morning while we were in Florida. Looking out onto the beach, everything was a dark melting of blue, gray and purple. Eventually a few Royal Terns flew in a landed. Even without illumination from the sun, their white feathers were bright and separated from the dull pouring of rain.