Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been working on a “top secret” commission, lol! So painting lots, posting little.
These are two paintings I finished quite a while ago, but I was never quite happy with them. They are both on 12″ x 16″ panel and have been leaning backwards against my studio wall for quite some time. The African girl is fairly recent, but the Hula Girl is one I completed in Maui the winter before last. I couldn’t ever put my finger on what was missing, but now I’ve figured it out! It was a frame! Opus had these great plein aire frames on sale so I bought a few, and they’re just wonderful. Simple, but classy.
I couldn’t get the greatest pics of either of them, there’s glare in some of the thicker areas, even though I shot them on an overcast day. The darks in the Hula girl are darker than they look, and the reflected light on the side of the African girl’s face isn’t that contrasty. I’m not sure how to correct this problem, as it happens a lot when I use thicker paint. I’ve heard about something called a polarizing gel, but can’t seem to find where in Canada I can buy one.
The Snow Queen ~ 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas
Another one of my daughter, Rhiannon, lol! I just can’t stop painting my kids:)
We went for a walk in Saloompt Forest Trails the other day. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the sun was filtering down through the gorgeous, old growth cedar trees. It is really beautiful there, but it got quite messed up from the flood in September. A lot of debris everywhere. My husband snapped the photo for this and I was immediately taken by it. Her expression is mysterious, like the forest, and the dappled sun on snow was so eye-catching. I just had to paint it! Finally…I painted this one loose enough! YAY! I did it, I did it…Hooray! I love this painting, what can I say!
It looks way better in real life, and of course better bigger…click on the image for a larger view.
Good Morning Sunshine — for the sketchbook project
She’s actually staring out the big sliding windows in our kitchen, into the rising sun. We have a gorgeus mountain view, and it was glowing pink on the snow. Just gorgeous! I’m going paint this one of these days, because the light is amazing. Actually, I did start out trying to paint this for the sketchbook, but you don’t want to see it! I totally blew it on the right hand side, and had to rip it out and start over. I thought for time, and safety’s sake, I would stick to a pencil drawing.
She’s Got Talent — for the Sketchbook Project
Whenever I see my children creating, with that intense look of concentration on their face, and their afficionado pose, I’m reminded of Nancy Guzik’s gorgeous work,” Lucas Painting.”
And…it also makes me want to attempt to create something even a fraction as beautiful as she does it! This attempt (well, not even an attempt, really) was for the sketchbook, so it’s not great, but one of these days I’m going to do it!
As for the picture I did, Rhiannon was so cute tonight…instructing me how to color it, and “MOM, you forgot to paint my band-aid!”