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.
Another week, another challenge! This time we are encouraged to paint "animals that mate for life". When I looked online for a list of animals that fit the category, I found that the statement itself is challenged, but no matter. Some animals are come pretty close to the standard! I decided to paint wolves and found a great reference photo by ESP on the Paint My Photo website. It has an unusual vantage point of looking slightly down upon the wolves and I found it interesting. Don't know if this is really a "couple", but we can just pretend, right?
Probably most artists want to paint a lavender field at some time, and I'm no different in that respect. Last night I was looking through the Paint My Photo website, looking for something fun to paint, when my imagination was caught by a lovely photo offered by Sandi Lear. She called it "Shades of Purple", but my painting is called "Lavender Farm with Tractor". Not very original, I know, but in case I do lavenders again, I want to remember that this particular painting has a tractor in it! I really, really enjoyed painting this, especially that cute little tractor. :)
Still thinking about tree gestures, which is the Daily Paintworks weekly challenge, and was prowling through photos in the morgue file online, when this sweet image came to view. Simple, yet breathtakingly beautiful. I knew I would have to paint it. I thought about calling it "Pink Sky", but the subject is really the trees, so there you have it. I love it, especially the delicate branches in the bare tree tops. Plus that lavender, bluish field of snow.