This time I combined realism (somewhat) with abstract. During my family vacation in Kentucky, at Lighthouse Landing, I walked around the marina and took pictures that I thought had interesting abstract patterns. In this one, I like how the straight diagonal line of the dock edge contrasted with the sinuous shapes of the lines (ropes). I also like how the bright blue contrasts with the grays and neutral colors of the water and the dock edge. There are some subtleties here, including the reflections of the boats, mast, shrouds, and sky.
The palette I used was phthalo blue, earth green, raw sienna, sepia, white, and an earth violet, I forget which one. It’s the first time I painted wood texture, and I like how it came out.
Today, I took my younger son Andrew to visit my mom. We gave her a very nice lavender scented candle, and a bright yellow kalachoe plant. She decided to buy my paintings called “Six Canoes”. It is an oil painting I did at Creve Coeur Lake in north St. Louis county. This is where our family sails, and they also have a rental place for stand up paddle boards, canoes, and paddle boats. One day, as I was sitting by the rental place, I noticed this lady in a fuschia bathing suit on a SUP. I really liked how you could see the canoes and stacks of chairs along the shore. I pumped up the light and warmth in the sky. I also like how the canoes are all from a different perspective from left to right. One of the canoes is hard to locate, but it is there. Can you find it?
I did this one en plein air (meaning outside). It was a cool and very windy early spring day, so I stayed in my minivan to paint this. My husband was with me. It is the back of the World’s Fair pavilion. I loved how you could see the sky and the pink crabapple trees behind the archways. It is soft pastel.
I go crazy with color. I find the spring greens amazing, as well as the bright colors of blooming things.
You can’t beat pastels for color that just knocks you into the next county, as my artist mentor Jerry Thomas would say. I’m very happy with this piece that I just now finished. Believe it or not, the brilliant magenta is from a Nupastel. I’m almost out of it, and need to order some more right away. I also need to order some deep dark shadow blues and violets. I mostly used them up on this. This is a complementary color scheme of red-violet and yellow-green. I used a photo I had taken in the Missouri Botanical Garden 2 or 3 years ago as a jumping off point.
I like the warm glow in the lower right corner. The effect of bright sunshine is in this piece. I lightly stumbled orange and yellow orange over the light areas in the leaves, and in the main flower. It doesn’t shout “orange”, but it adds a warmth and vitality to this piece. It looks so much better in real life than in a photo like here. I like how the dark blues tie everything together.
Today is a very cold January day. As you can tell, I love warm, sunny, colorful days, so I’m trying to stay “up” during this winter weather. I will go to the gym now and work out.
Hey guys. The wind chill was minus 10 Farenheit when I awoke this morning. I am enjoying my day of staying at home and cooking and doing art. This morning I baked banana bread and started beef goulash in the slow cooker. Now, I just got done working on a pastel painting. I’m using a rough, toothy pastel board of about 20 inches by 16 inches. It is brick red on the front. This will help create unity in the painting, as little splotches of this will show up throughout.
I use mostly Nupastels and Unison pastels. I also use other brands, such as Schmincke, Sennelier, and others.
I started this several weeks ago. I’m using a photo as a reference point for it. I took the photo at the Missouri Botanical Garden several years ago. It was a potted plant – some type of daisy. Color is my favorite aspect of art. I’ve been told I have a strong sense of light in my paintings. I’m very glad, because this is what I aim for – color and light. Since I’m on the autistic spectrum, I also can’t help but be detailed. That is how my mind works.
As you can see, I’ve painted in the background around the flowers. I think the flowers will be easy. I’m doing a secondary color triad (green, violet, orange). I realized that there is quite a lot of gold and orange in the greens, and an orange influence in the flowers, too. I really love the lighting effects on the leaves, and on the sphagnum moss. The trick to achieving an effect of strong lighting is to contrast light with dark mainly, and secondarily to contrast color temperatures between light and shadow areas.
I’m seeing that the background is quite busy. I will just go ahead and do the daisies, then see if and how much I need to soften and simplify the background.