Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Landscape Color Study

Oil Painting Abstract Lake Landscape

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 8"

In the painting class I attend we have been making color charts and doing paintings from using the colors that are leftover from all of the mixes.  This painting resulted after a color chart of three primaries and white.  I am always amazed at the amount of variation that is available from using such a limited palette.  I liked the soft and vibrant colors of this landscape painting.  It was so interesting to see what the other students painted with their chosen primaries.  Really interesting and fun!
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Garth

Oil Painting Pet Dog Art Commission Animal Portrait

Oil on stretched canvas, 16" x 12".

Garth, a Shih Tzu, has a very expressive face and a beautiful coat of wavy hair.  He was a joy to paint for his family!  I hope Garth likes it to of course. 

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Winter Fox

Oil Painting Wildlife Art Animals

Oil on canvas hardboard, 10" x 8"

I have several ideas for fox paintings and this is my second one this year.  This one includes most of the body including the bushy tail in the snow.  His expression has a peaceful feeling which I like against the natural beauty of the wintery landscape.  Maybe this will be my last painting of winter for a while.  I have tulips and other spring flowers to paint. 
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Posing Manx

Oil Painting Pet Cat Art Feline Portrait

Oil on stretched canvas, 10" x 8" x 3/4".

I captured the cat grooming herself in a lawn chair on her front porch and I was just another visitor.  She seemed to enjoy the attention as I photographed her.  I decided I liked the twising pose of this yellow and white Manx and painted her this way.  This tailless cat is true to her breed being a robust hunter with a mellow disposition. I liked the image she made as she stared straight at me against the blue and white striped background.
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Young Appaloosa

Oil Painting Horse Art Farm Animal Portrait

Oil on canvas hardboard, 8" x 10"

I went back to painting a horse again in this one - an Appaloosa colt backlit by an evening sunset (or sunrise!).  The low-key values on most of the body of the colt contrasts with the brightly lit areas of the edge of his chest and upper back legs.  I wanted to portray a serene mood in this piece and I also admired his spotted coat.  A little bit of information about this breed of horse:  the Appaloosa is known for its colorful leopard-spotted coat pattern.  It is best known as a stock horse used in a number of western riding disciplines.              Horses are always a joy to paint!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chicks in Twig Basket

Easter Oil Painting Chickens Art Farm Animals


Oil on Raymar panel, 6" x 8".

Baby chicks seem to glow in the sun if the lighting is just right and in this scene I wanted these three to come to life in the twiggy basket. I think children who grow up in the country are so lucky! Actually you don't have to be a kid to love this kind of spring fun.  I didn't grow up with these critters but I can paint them and enjoy them!
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Snowy Ridge

Oil Painting Winter Landscape Rural Arkansas Lincoln Lake Park

Oil on stretched canvas, 16" x 12"

While trailing along with our local hiking club I saw some great scenery at Lincoln Lake Park  in Northwest Arkansas.  Our snowfall in Ft. Smith (farther south) had already melted so it was great fun to hike in the warmer temps and still see snow covering much of the landscape.  The movement of lights and darks in the snow and green moss covering the the rocky slopes was interesting and I thought that this painting told the best story of the sights.  There was no path to follow to the top in case you were interested.
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Calf in Hay

Oil Painting Cow Art Animal Portrait Farm Bovine

Oil on stretched linen canvas with 3/4" staple-free edges - 8"x10"x3/4".

This is one of my favorite cow paintings from a few years ago with a calf looking out through a hole in a hay stack.  I like the image of his dark face highlighted by the sun and the shapes of the hay surrounding it also.
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Spring Hares

Oil Painting Rabbit Art Pet Animal Portrait Spring Wildlife

Oil on hardboard, 7" x 9"

I painted these spotted rabbits bunched together with some spring colors and blooming flowers happening in the background.  Sometimes the looser approach is best when I  have an idea about a piece, and I went with that thought with this painting.  The expressions of the rabbits are what drew me in to begin with and that's what I wanted to portray. 
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Saturday, March 05, 2011

Mourning Dove Preening

Oil Painting Bird Portrait Dove Wildlife

Oil on hardboard, 6" x 8".

This is a second painting of the same dove I painted before. The bird is in a different position on the deck rail and seems to be interrupted in her grooming process and pauses to look.  I used the same colors but different parts of the dove are highlighted and the sunlight catches the ruffled feathers.  Mourning doves are a joy to watch and I always try to avoid frightening them when they are feeding right outside my door.  I wish they wouldn't fly away so quickly at the slightest sound.
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Friday, March 04, 2011

Wary Fox

Oil Painting Red Fox Art Wildlife Animals Winter

Oil on hardboard, 8" x 6"

A fox in the snow is a great combination for me to paint I've found.  I love the intensity of a fox's gaze.  And his coloring against a cold and stark background adds to the pleasure of the scene I think.  I used lots of thick paint in areas and thoroughly enjoyed the process.  Painting is great fun when it is just that! 
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