Autumn is upon us, but I have a stand of zinnias that aren't quite finished. They won't be around long with the damp, cool weather of our Pacific Northwest fall season, so I took a few reference shots and created this fanciful version of the scene before me.
Our family reunion was spent in northern Wisconsin this summer. For our large family we rented a large home on lake front property. It used to be a YMCA camp! The back yard sloped sharply down to the edge of the lake, but there was a nice stone pathway to follow to reach a wonderful dock for swimming. We had such a good time there! Ready to go for a swim? This way to the dock...
Life has been full recently, with little time to paint. I was able to spend a little over two weeks in Wisconsin helping care for my daughter's family and their 4th born child! There's nothing quite like holding a newborn. Back at home there's always one thing or another keeping me from painting. Today I got back to the studio and painted a fun interpretation of a recent sunset viewed from my back porch. I love our new home in the country!
It's been a long time since I participated in one of the Daily Paintworks challenges, but today was the day! The theme is "Back to School" and I found a photo reference from the Paint my Photo website that excited me and I could hardly wait to get started. This piece ended up being much more tedious to paint, but still, the process was enjoyable and time flew by as I worked. The finished painting turned out just the way I imagined it, which is saying something. Lots of times my paintings go in surprising directions, but this one became just what I wanted it to be. I love the clothing and postures of these "bus stop moms" and the colorful bus and construction signs behind them. I love how the trees turned out and I love the rim of bright light that shines through the painting.
We've had some terrible wildfires here in the state of Washington this summer. Lives lost, homes lost, and lots of smoke throughout the state. Just terrible. Some of our sunsets during that period were also blazing with a bright red sun amid the hazy, smoky landscape. Standing on my back porch I can watch the sun go down over a large meadow and forest lands beyond. Today's painting is my colorful interpretation of one of those sunsets.
About a year ago I was walking the beach in Neskowin, Oregon, and snapped a quick photo of the rising fog. Lots of things about the photo appealed to me, so when Daily Paintworks issued a challenge last week to paint fog, I knew it was time to give this one a try. I love the layers on the distant hills and the figures along the shoreline. Almost like being there again.
This summer as we settled into our new home in the country I couldn't have been more delighted when I discovered that the fields around our landscape were covered with wild daisies for a couple months! You may see daisies pop up in my paintings more often, I think. :)