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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Golden Winter

Golden Winter - 6x6 - Oil on Panel


One of the things about winter landscapes, particularly in the wetlands found along the many river deltas around the Tri-Cities, that I love is the way the muted grey tones pop out the golden reeds and grasses. There is just something really peaceful and pleasant about the whole feel of the landscape that even I, an avowed disliker of the cold, can appreciate!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winter's Colors

Winter's Colors - 6x6 -  Oil on panel


Recently I've begun painting on a orange-red underpainting, and this painting really demonstrates why I like it. It's not so much the pops of orange that occur through the painting, but the way it shines through thin layers of paint, as in the sky here. It really helped me capture that wispy pink look the sky takes on just before the real sunset begins!

I've finished this 11x14 studio piece titled "The Long Winter", you can see the information here.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter Delta

Winter Delta - Oil on Panel - 6x6


The beautiful deltas along the Yakima River in Eastern Washington have been my most recent muse. The shapes and shades change with the water level which vary dramatically seasonally and from year to year. I'm embracing the winter and it's chilled palette, it is certainly a distinct sort of beauty!

Here are a couple shots of the work in progress:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Walk in the Snow

A Walk in the Snow - 5x7 - Oil on Gessobord


Here it is, Daily Painting number 99. I can't believe tomorrow's will be number 100, time flies when you're having fun! It's definitely been an amazing learning experience for me.

The scene I painted here is from a local trail system that runs along the Yakima River called the Chamna Natural Preserve. The snow was an interesting challenge for me! Here are a couple work in progress shots:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Winter Path

A Winter Path - 5x7 - Oil on Panel
Well, it looks like my winter denial could only last as long as my stash of summer photos, and that's been running dry. So I'm facing reality and painting some winter scenes straight from the shrub steppe of Washington!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cool of the Day

Cool of the Day - 2.5 x 3.5 - Oil on Panel

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Tiny one here! It's ACEO size, 2.5 x 3.5 inches. It looks adorable on those little wooden easels sold at craft stores. I had painted this many months ago, but something just wasn't right with it, so I put it away for a while. With fresh eyes, I could see how my value patterns were off and with a little sanding and retouching I love how it turned out. The one difficult thing was that it is painted on Ampersand Encaustic Board, which is sold in this size. The surface is wonderful to work on, but it is incredibly absorbent, so it took about 3 coats of retouch varnish to make it look like a normal oil painting!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Boise Mountain Foothills

Boise Mountain Foothills - 6x6 - Oil on Panel


This painting takes me back to the warm winding roads twisting their way through the foothills of the Idaho Batholith on a hot summer day. Yes, I'm still in winter denial.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

View from a County Road

View from a Country Road - 6x6 - Oil on Panel


More pretend summer days here. Today I was driving down this same country road and the winter has drastically changed the colors. But this view is much cozier!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Remembering Summer

Remembering Summer - 6x6 - Oil on Panel


OK, so I am officially in full blown winter denial. We may have had snow and ice these past few days but my mind is miles away somewhere that the temperature is at LEAST over 70 degrees. I've been thinking about painting winter scenes, but just can't get my heart into it. We'll see what happens!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pastoral Reverie V

Pastoral Reverie - 6x6 - Oil on Panel


Happy New Year!! Here's my first daily painting of the year, and the final Pastoral Reverie painting. The shape of the poplars was really interesting to me, and the whole composition felt very grounded and peaceful.