My daughter and grandson have been visiting for a week and today they left for home. My house is suddenly quiet again. I love a quiet house, I really do, but it's a little bit of a "sad" quiet today because I know how long it will be till I see them again. Thankfully, I have grandchildren who live closer that will visit from time to time. Hooray for that! Anyway, today, I needed a little painting project as a distraction. The Daily Paintworks challenge for the week is to paint a skeleton or skull to go along with the Halloween holiday coming up. Not my favorite holiday or subject, but I found an interesting reference from the Paint My Photo website and gave it a go with lots of light and dots. Awesome!
I started this little painting yesterday, but nothing seemed to go right. Well, except for the little blackbird...it was doing okay. It just wasn't a good painting day. Sometimes that happens, so I walked away and did other things. Today, looking at the painting with fresh eyes, I sat down and got to work, and started liking what I saw appearing on the canvas. This turned out to be a GOOD day to paint. Woo Hoo!
This week the challenge on Daily Paintworks is "Black in sunlight is lighter than white in shadow", which is a study in values. I chose a reference of a pelican in the water because I noticed that the black feathers on his back in the sunlight were lighter in value than the shadow sides of the white feathers. I actually love how it turned out. The water was a challenge for me, too, but after several tries, I am satisfied. :)
One of my favorite things to do is go for an early morning walk with a dear friend. We go almost every day (unless one of us is out of town!), so we have witnessed some incredible sunrises through the years. October is always a good month to catch them, and we look forward to seeing the colors mingle with the sky and landscape. A few days ago we were treated to this splendor, with Mt Hood (Oregon) glowing in the far distance.
My paintbrush wanted to revisit the beach today, so I pulled out a reference from a recent trip to Neskowin, Oregon. I love how this turned out. My favorite part is how the setting sun warms up the background hills. I'm calling it "Neskowin Sunset" for now, but I'm open to more creative suggestions! :)
In spite of what it may look like, I HAVE been working on my art the last few weeks. Two of the projects were pet portrait commissions which I can't share yet because they are gifts! Then we did take a couple weeks off for a road trip to visit family (and play!), and sometimes in the car I did watercolor sketches. Anyway, here's one I can share that I squeezed in between portraits. We visited the Steens Mountain area in SE Oregon and it was stunning! I took lots of photos and hopefully will get around to making a few paintings with them. When we got home I checked the DailyPaintworks challenge for the week and it was an autumn theme. Well! I had snapped a photo from the passenger side of the car on a gravel road near the Steens Mountain and it inspired me to do a quick colorful, very impressionist version of the scene. It's a 10x10 inch canvas, which is a little larger than I usually work, but it was quite fun.