A new Daily Paintworks Challenge! This week we were to paint the sunset without painting the sky or sun. The shadows and colors alone help to show the time of day. I dug through my photo files to find this boy standing at the surf's edge at the end of day and loved the golden light on everything. It was definitely a challenge to represent the watery scene with loose brushwork, but I gave it a try and like the result!
Today we went to see the Wildlife Arts Show in Portland, Oregon. So many artists doing so many wonderful things! I am in awe! Ken paid me a compliment when he said that he felt my works would "fit right in" with the rest of the show. I was pleased to see that many visual artists are working with the 6x6 inch size to create tiny works of art. Many are painted on simple wooden panels that are hung with wire on the back side, and others are elegantly displayed in "floater frames". I like that look a lot, too. We saw paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and exquisite jewelry. Ken loved the lamps built with river rocks, plus the artwork done with fused glass. I enjoy the sculptures of birds and animals, plus the beautiful ceramics. It was all so much fun to look at.
My painting today is following a little trend of designing with food.
I've had some new ideas for little paintings bumping around in my head lately, and here is one of the first of a series of fruits and vegetables. What do you think? (I think I'm going to have fun with it!)
Well, some days I just want to paint something "cute" and this little Puffin is just the thing. While painting, the old song, "Skip to my Lou" drifted in and out of my head, and so the title was born. Doesn't it look like this little one might be humming and trying to dance?
Yesterday's detailed industrial painting took a little time to do, but I loved how it turned out. Today, however, I was in the mood to "play" with art, and a recent hike at Eagle Creek provided reference for a fun little painting. I've never hiked that trail in autumn before, and was simply amazed at how brilliantly golden the leaves shone through the evergreen tree trunks. Simply amazing. I just had fun splashing color around in this one!
This week the Daily Paintworks challenge is to "find the art in an industrial scene" and paint it. Well, I just happened to walk along the path this morning that overlooks the Blue Heron paper mill on the Willamette River. The sun was coming up behind me and glowed golden on the river, while the factory was still in cool shadows. That is Willamette Falls behind the mill, which is misting up into the hills that are being touched with morning color. For once I looked at the industrial scene as a potential art project instead of a blight on the river. Nice challenge!
It was a late afternoon when my husband and I hiked a trail in the Portland area and near the summit we happened upon an amazing field of daisies. I took a couple reference photos (but wished I had taken more!) and continued on the trail. I have painted the scene a couple other times, but in pastel. Here we are two years later and I'm still thinking about the magic of that hilltop meadow! Today I let the happy acrylic colors fall off my paintbrush to come up with this version of my memory.