Art supplies in boxes...oh, no! It's true, we are moving to Washington state as soon as our house sells. I will be taking a hiatus from art until we get settled and my new studio is ready. Hopefully it won't take too long! I've decided to pack my supplies now so that I won't get distracted when I really should be organizing, packing and cleaning. Sigh.
The DPW challenge this week is to paint a bird in flight. I chose an image by the UK photographer, Villager Jim, who has given me permission to use his photos for small paintings. What I loved about this image was the bright lights around the feather tips. Here he comes!
I'm back to my Van Gogh starry night games again! Today my swirly, glowing stars are over South Sister, a mountain in central Oregon. I LOVE the yellow and orange in the sky, as well as the bright moonlight on the face of the mountain. Looking at this painting I almost get a little shiver. Doesn't it look like a cold night to you?
It's full on spring over here in the northwest where I live, with daffodils blooming along with the pink blossoming trees. These are the tall maples behind my house, and even though the rest of my neighborhood may look spring-like, these trees won't leaf out until almost May. I absolutely love watching the sky show through the leafless trees. Every day it is different. Here's one straight out of my imagination, but it probably did look almost like this one time!
While I realize that it is so very cold in the eastern part of the US, we here in the Northwest are experiencing an early spring. It's the "pink" season here already, where the redbud trees and other pink blossoming trees that I don't know the names of are making my hometown look as though it is decorated with pink cotton candy trees. It is gorgeous! The child's song, "Popcorn Popping" comes to mind, as well as party confetti. I went with the party theme and painted four 6x6 inch panels with one lovely, somewhat abstract pink blossoming tree. I can't think of anything else to call it except "Spring Party". Here's a photo of the four panels together. I'll be selling them as singles for $40 each, or the whole set of four for $120. Happy Springtime!
Well, who knows what is going to happen when I sit down in my studio? I'm not always sure I do. Today I was thinking about abstract...just designing with color to see what comes up. Part way through I realized it was a meadow-like abstract. Since I love meadows, it shouldn't have been too much of a surprise. Then it became almost fantasy, or dream like. With lots and lots of color. I like color, too, so there you go. I wonder who else likes meadows and color?
I've always wanted a painting of Sparks Lake, Oregon, as a reminder of all the wonderful days we have spent canoe camping there, year after year. So much fun canoeing, swimming, painting, hiking, being with dear friends and family. There's no place like it anywhere. I finally made the attempt to paint one of the many beautiful viewpoints, and this painting includes South Sister reflecting in the lake, along with wildflowers growing in the lava rock islands. It's like this every year! I tried to keep it "loose" but definitely representative, and I'm happy with how it turned out.