Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy holidays

Happy holidays to everyone!

I'll be taking a little hiatus in January, as I usually do. Which doesn't necessarily mean I'm not going to paint, but I like to free myself from the responsibility to update my blog, send weekly emails, etc.

In the meantime, my Etsy paintings are 20% off through the end of the year, and the Giant Sale also runs through December. There are some good deals at my DPW gallery too, and of course the 2013 Calendar is still for sale.

This year I've been sick since December 13. Some sort of horrible flu or cold, I don't know what. A touch of bronchitis... at any rate, it kept me indoors and miserable for 11 straight days. But I'm definitely on the mend and enjoying Christmas with my husband, my insane cat, and our dear friends.

The image on left is from a painting I did a couple years ago. I put some kind of filter on it in Photoshop, I don't remember what. But I like the batik-looking result. Then I turned it into an animated gif using layers and painted in the stars.

I want to thank everyone for your support and encouragement. Your comments and feedback — and purchases! — mean a great deal to me. See you next year!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Meadow, Grove, and Stream - Sold


You can view this painting here.

This is a larger version of Amaranth and Asphodel. Not sure which I like best, but then I suppose I don't have to choose :)  This one shows more of the sun just skimming the top of the far-away trees.

It's named after a line from a Wordsworth poem. There IS a stream in the landscape, but it's pretty much out of view on the right.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Slant of Light

6x6 inches

You can view and purchase this painting here.

 It's still very autumny here in North Carolina, but now that we're a week into December I wanted to paint something wintry.  I could wait a long time for it to snow - some years we have none at all - so I worked from this photo reference. I think it's in the Oakwood area of Raleigh, but don't really remember.

A fun one to paint - barely any warm colors at all, although when I started mixing up paints I realized the snow was really a blue-green, not a blue-purple, so that keeps it from looking icy-cold. Cozy.

I'm not entirely happy with the house. My structures tend to be either too soft and mushroomy, or over-illustrated. I should have changed brushes to do the house - used something with a clean, thin edge, so I could make crisper corners. Oh well, next time... I'm remembering Laurel Daniel's excellent advice, which was: "fix your mistakes on the next painting."  It's good advice indeed - messing around with a painting after it's "done" rarely leads to a good outcome, for me. I usually put my finished paintings on the mantelpiece for a few days, so I can review them and decide if they need more work. Sometimes I'll see that one little thing that needs tweaking, but more often than not I choose to leave it alone. I've ruined more paintings than I've fixed by trying to edit after the fact.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Amaranth and Asphodel

6x6 inches
oil on MDF

You can view and purchase this painting here.

New favorite alert! I'm really liking the slanted sunlight this time of year.  Autumn is the best time to paint in North Carolina, because it's low humidity and the skies are blue instead of white, there are fewer insects getting in your paint, and thank goodness it's not HOT.

This scene is on the walking path through the sculpture garden at the NC Museum of Art.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pine Grove

6x6 inches
oil on MDF

You can view and purchase this painting here.

Pleasant it was, when woods were green,
And winds were soft and low,
To lie amid some sylvan scene,
Where, the long drooping boughs between
Shadows dark and sunlight sheen
Alternate come and go.
—Voices Of the Night by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

These pine trees at the NC art museum are so soft looking, and filled with different colors in the sunlight and shadows.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Companionable Streams

6x6 inches
Oil on MDF

You can view and purchase this painting here.

The title is from a poem  by William Butler Yeats:

They paddle in the cold
Companionable streams or climb the air;
Their hearts have not grown old;
Passion or conquest, wander where they will,
Attend upon them still.
But now they drift on the still water,
Mysterious, beautiful
—The Wild Swans At Coole

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cafe Society

6x6 inches
oil on MDF


This is a scene from the shopping/dining district in Manteo - which is about two square blocks. This is a more complicated scene than I usually undertake, and it's always a bear trying to decide what to leave in and what to take out.

I've been using some wonderful reference photos lately - taken by the crew/owners of s/v Ortolan. I found their sailing blog while searching for something or other, and it's packed with great photos of their travels. They were kind enough to let me use all the photos I want. Thanks! 

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