Thursday, June 6, 2013

Night time in a Louisiana Marsh

About a week ago, while at the Lafayette Art Association and Ty and Sara shared with me a magazine from 2010 that had a few articles on Plein Air.  When I opened the magazine, there were several pictures cut out and placed in there as an added bonus.  I took one and did my interpretation of what I saw there.  There were some very interesting articles which I will try to share in upcoming posts.

Meanwhile, I am going to physical therapy 3x a week.  I have good days and bad days, but I feel things are getting better with my knee.  Hopefully, knee surgery is not in my future.

Lucy had her first haircut this week and she looks like a completely new puppy...all grown up.



Here she is trying to convince Mama Cat to play with her.  Mama Cat never runs away, just watches her and knows she is just a baby.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mother's Day Flowers

These beautiful flowers were a Mother's Day gift from Jason, Kristen, Jackson and Mattie.  This was a vase filled with Alstroemerias and Lillies.  White flowers are such a challenge for me to paint, so I set this up in my studio and I was pretty happy of how it turned out.

"Mother's Day Flowers"
14 x 18 - oils on canvas panel

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Paintings Reworked

So what do you do with paintings you don't like?

Some days I just can't get my painting going in the right direction.  When those days happen I usually take the day off from painting because it usually will not get better.  I had these two awful paintings I quit right in the middle of because they were not working.    I didn't throw them away and was not sure what I would do with them.  I noticed them sitting, long forgotten,  in the corner of my studio and decided to rework and change them up, try something different.  I have been on a "Paint Poppies" over and over again thing.

This first painting is a 6 x 6 that I had started a still life with a bottle, a little dish and some brushes in it.  The only thing I liked about the painting was how the bottle was coming out, so I kept it in and painted my poppies around it.

The second one was a still life painting I started on a 9 x 12 with a vase, green onions and some lemons...nothing was working for me. The only thing I felt salvageable was the vase, so I painted in poppies around it.  Some of the background from the previous painting shows through and I thought that was kind of cool.  This one has a lot of green, maybe a little too much.  I may tone that down a bit at some later date.