I just completed this oil painting 10 minutes ago. Last summer, I was taking a brisk walk along Leona Avenue in south St Louis. Just south of Bates Avenue, I happened upon a back yard with big red dahlia’s and red roses. There was a black wrought iron fence as well. I was entranced by the abstract pattern of light and shadow on the sidewalk cast by the fence and the plants.
I painted the flower itself in transparent glazes. The layers are: yellow, light red, rose, green, violet, and blue. My palette consisted of Permalba white, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium scarlet, quinacridone rose, purple madder, ultramarine blue, chrome green deep.
I made use of the color pooling concept. I put subtle red and green glazes in the shadow areas, and on the darker leaf sections. I put a layer of green glaze on the flower in the shadow area to subdue the red slightly. I also included red in the sunlit areas of the sidewalk and the ground. This unified everything, and renders the reflection of color in the surrounding environment.
I think my favorite subject matter is all in the Missouri Botanical Garden. If I didn’t have other responsibilities, I would literally set up camp there, and paint morning noon and night! One late May evening, I was strolling through here prior to the Whitaker music festival. When I walked through the Japanese garden by the crooked bridge, I was struck by the way the setting sun hit the tops of the trees in the background, and the way it reflected off the water. What a perfect place to sit and relax.
I recently took a class with Jerry Thomas called French Impressionist Blue Painting. The basic premise is that you use at least 2 or more pigment blues, and keep them isolated
from each other in different areas of your painting.
This particular scene is at Creve Coeur Lake in St Louis Missouri. My husband, sons, and I have spent lots of time sailing here during summers. I used cobalt blue for the sky, Prussian blue for the water, and ultramarine blue for the snow shadows. Blue is a space color, and there is a strong sense of space in this piece. I started with a panel toned in bright yellow, to offset all the blues and warm it up, so it wouldn’t look icy cold. I also used soft pinks, yellows, and violets in the grays of the trees and shrubs.
When I was walking past the lily pad ponds by the Linnaeus House in the Missouri Botanical Garden, I was mesmerized by the pattern of lily pad shadows and reflections on the water.
I painted this in acrylic based on a photo I took of the scene. I enlarged it on my ipad mini, and did a drawing first. Then I painted in the scene. It was colorful, but looked somewhat flat and disjointed. So, I put my Monet on and put lots of broken color in the shadows and the sky reflections. This made it much more vibrant, and unified the painting. Later, I darkened some of the shadow areas, and brightened the lighter areas to improve the value system. Finally, I realized it was hard to tell the reflections and shadows from the actual lily pads and flower, so I put a glaze over the water using a mixture of translucent zinc white, iridescent silver, and iridescent gold.
My favorite part of this is the foreground lily, with the white and gold light reflections on it.
This is the first blog I’ve done in a while. My son needed major surgery this past summer, and this fall my mother has had serious medical issues.
I just completed this pastel drawing called “Mermaid Riding Fish”. I did this in Nupastels. The surface I used was a black toned professional artist quality pastel paper with a very rough surface – like sandpaper.
This is a scene at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is in front of the climatron, which is a very large greenhouse filled with tropical plants and trees. There is a formal series of reflecting pools with lily pads, bronze sculptures, and glass art by Dale Chihuly, such as the yellow onion bulb here.
I took a photo of the scene, and used my ipad Mini as a reference point. I started with a detailed drawing in white “charcoal”. Then, I put in the background. I used a lot of blue green for the background, because the coolness adds depth to the scene. I decided to use a pretty strong blue green for the banana trees in the background. The statue in real life is bronze, and is done by a Swedish sculptor by the name of Carl Milles in the 1950’s. For the colors of the sculpture, I used yellow ochre and blue green together for the mid range values. For the hilights, I used a warm off white, then surrounded it with yellow and orange. I also used this orange in other areas of the painting such as the lily pads, the background landscaping, and the glass onion bulb base. The orange at the base of the glass onion gave it more richness and depth. The blue sky reflecting in the water contrasts very nicely with all of the yellow and orange. The bright yellow glass onion shows up well with the dark water surrounding it. The reds of the blooms in the background landscaping are a foil color, and break up the yellow/green/blue theme.
Overall, this piece has a warm, sunny, lush feeling to it. It shows summer at it’s best – lush green foliage, blue skies, splashing fountains, and bright sun. Here is the listing in my online store.
And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:9-10)
Willful blindness leads to further darkness. When human beings refuse to acknowledge and give thanks to God, He steps back (Romans 1). The darkness increases because God is Light. Christians are no exception. When God’s people close their eyes to the light of God’s truth in His Word, they too can expect darkness to overshadow them.
Literally everyday, and I say this with no exaggeration of the facts, I read or see or hear real life examples of professing Christians (are they Christians at all??) willfully choosing ignorance and…