Leave it to Daily Paintworks to get me to try something new! The challenge this week is to paint sky and only sky, and something I've been meaning to try for quite a while is a palette knife painting. I got out my tubes of gouache and started playing with color, making up a morning sky as I went along. (I really have seen mornings just like this!) Naturally, it was tons of fun, so there will probably be more experimentation in the days ahead. That's one thing I love about art. It can be something new any time I want, and in keeping with that thought, I chose to call this painting, "A New Day".
Kind of a cool, dreary day and I didn't know what to paint. Nothing seemed to catch my interest today, until I put these yellow blossoms into a tea cup and outside onto the back porch for some natural light. The cheerful yellow petals fairly glowed in the grey light, and I finally found a subject for the day.
For years and years I refused to grow roses in my garden because I thought they were simply sticker bushes with a bright bloom once in a while. I didn't want my 5 kids to get tangled up in the thorns when they played in the yard! Finally I learned that there are roses that bloom almost three seasons long (here in Oregon), and my kids were old enough to avoid the dangers, so I began to collect rose bushes. One of my very first plants was Daybreaker, and I discovered it in someone's yard in my neighborhood. The owner said, "take as many cuttings as you need", and I learned the art of rooting my own roses. Daybreaker is now a beautiful bush that blooms on and on in my own garden, and the stickers only bother me when I need to prune it. Ouch!
Today was one of those mornings that couldn't decide whether to be rainy or not. I get to go for a morning walk on most days of the week with a friend, and we had to ponder for a moment if we needed an umbrella. The decision was to leave them behind and take our chances. It was a good choice. The air was cool and damp, and the sky filled with clouds, but as we walked through the local cemetery we got to see the sun make a brilliant breakthrough to announce the day! I was remembering that scene when I started painting today. This is my rather "folksy" interpretation.
The Daily Paintworks challenge this week is to paint our furry friend. Awwww, I have been meaning to paint our dog Perrin for a long time (He died 6 years ago), and this was just the push to get me to do it. He was our outdoor adventure dog who went backpacking, canoeing, and hiking with us for ten years. He was also a great Frisbee dog, running to catch the disk before it ever hit the ground. He was a great dog. :)
Today I painted on a new surface: sanded and primed 1/4" wooden panel instead of canvas. The paint was so easy to manipulate and I really enjoyed it. Just like a panel, art works on wood could either be framed or displayed on a little easel. That's what I'm planning to do with Perrin's portrait, so I can display it on a shelf in the living room. Of course it's not for sale. :)
The photo reference for today's coastal painting was taken a year ago when we were camping near Sunset Bay in Oregon. My husband and I were scrambling around rocks and pools during a low tide. It was quite slippery and made me nervous, so I stopped to take photos and let my guy go on further. The large waves crashing against these rocks were fun to watch, and the sea birds seemed to be enjoying the view, too.
I have visited the Swan Island Dahlia farm many times, and there are endless possibilities for paintings there! So far I've only taken pictures to use later, but sometime it would be fun to take supplies and paint while visiting. For now, here's another fun dahlia painting.