Sunday, June 30, 2013

Morning sun

14" x 8"  oil

Okay, this is painted on clear plexiglass.  My outdoor paintings have been fun to paint,
but when I bring them indoors....all the color seems to drain out of them.

An amazing plein air artist, Darrell Anderson, has been helping me out ( Thank you Darrell!!!)
  He said to "try putting a sheet of plexi-glass over the painting and paint it with colors pushed bolder and use the style of whoever your painting "hero" is."
I loved doing this.  just like he had told me, the pressure of messing up is gone.......
 and I just played!

Very fun!  I'm going to try this with a bunch of my paintings!!

Darrell is an amazing artist, and he also teaches......
He lives in the Seattle area, and teaches often at the 
Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island!

Check out his work.....just beautiful! 
Sings with color!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Neon signs

"One Hour Cleaning"
30"x40"  oil 

This is a neon sign here in Anchorage, Alaska.

Gotta love neon.  It always inspires me!  
There's a bowling alley sign that's been calling to me lately.

  But now we have so much daylight, I don't get to see
it glowing in the dark.  I'll need to wait until September.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Clouds on my mind again!

Clouds #2
5.5" x 14"  oil

I was very distracted by clouds all last summer.  Size, shapes, mood, color ~ I wanted to paint them,  take photos of them, describe them to people.  I found myself pointing them out to everyone...talking about it to you on my blog.  Then one day, as mysteriously as it came , the distraction quietly crept out of my mind, I don't know when.
Yesterday, it came back.

Last night I had a great view.  The wind was blowing and the clouds were moving and shifting, 
I gave it my best shot and painted a quick as I could.  I finished a couple small studies last night out in an open field.... then I went home, warmed up and went back to take a bunch of photos.
Clouds are so cool.