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.
I got bored of painting landscapes, flowers, and buildings, which have been my favorite things to paint. So I decided to paint a fish. When I came across a photo of the mandarin fish for the first time, I could not believe my eyes. I have never seen a more colorful, exotic looking fish. I love fish. I used to have an aquarium, but gave it up so I could have the 3 cats I have now. The fish tank was a lot of work.
I have a great love for color, and this subject matter sure fits the bill. My color palette was Permalba white, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow dark, cadmium scarlet, permanent rose, cerulean blue phthalo, ultramarine blue, and burnt umber. For the body of the fish, I used the cerulean with a bit of yellow mixed in, and cadmium yellow dark with a touch of cad scarlet added. I love the various warm and cool blues. I used glazing in pure ultramarine blue and Liquin for the transluscent fin on the side.
This is oil, on an acrylic background. It was a labor intensive thing to paint, but I’m very happy with it, and enjoyed painting it. I am in amazement at the creativity of God, to make such a creature.
I’ve gone from spring, to autumn, to winter. Here is a small oil painting I did of Carondelet Park in the winter. I had just gotten a wonderful new plein air easel, and was very excited about that. It is the Soltek easel. I LOVE it!!! Man, is it quick and easy to set up and take down. This is horseshoe lake in the park, as seen from south. The building is either a utility building, or restrooms. I like how the red roof shows up in the muted colors of winter.
I just finished this painting a few minutes ago. I used a photo as a reference for this. My usual style is high key, colorful painting. My goal in this particular piece was to loosen up a bit, and paint somewhat more softly. I love how the violets and blues in the mists contrast with the golds, yellows, and reds in this.
My palette consisted of zinc/titanium white, cadmium lemon, cadmium yellow deep, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, purple lake, indigo, and terre verte, and burnt umber. (I don’t care much for terre verte, but I wanted to use it up). I mixed indigo with burnt umber to make my dark.
Fall is my favorite time of year. We had an especially spectacular one this year here in Missouri. It was extended due to warmer than usual weather.
I spent a good amount of time, many hours in fact, mixing all of my basic colors of oil paints. I got some very beautiful, complex reds from mixing yellows with red violets. I decided to try one of these mixtures for these stunning and colorful daylilies. The color of the flowers is based on a mix of cadmium yellow medium and quinacridone rose. I also used Permalba white, yellow ochre, ultramarine deep, sap green, and Van Dyke brown. I painted the background smoothly with a brush. Then, I painted in the dark shadows with a muted blue green. I painted the leaves in with a brush, from dark, to middle, to light values. I put in the flower petals and the flower throats with palette knives. I made a point to blend the back edges of the flower petals into the background somewhat to add depth. Lost and found edges are very good to have. It adds depth, and helps the positive and negative space to flow together into a unified whole.
I let this dry for a few days, then I painted in the flower buds with palette knives, then the stems. After this dried to the touch, I added some hilights, and a few minor details. In my opinion, this is one of my best floral paintings. I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed painting it. Here is a link to the online listing.
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.
… because of a veritable storm of family issues. There have been 3 significant injuries over the past 2 weeks – 2 dislocated shoulders, and a dislocated toe. My older son Jonathan got his car totaled on a 3 week road trip all over the western USA, then got stranded in Colorado (we live in Missouri) because a freak hailstorm with tennis ball sized hail ruined all the rental cars. My husband and I were spending the week dealing with the various health issues and auto insurance claim stuff. Many other things have gone on too, which I don’t want to bore people with. I’m extremely thankful that he and his girlfriend came out of this unharmed. Thank you Jesus! I had been praying for him every day, and the Lord was with him.
Fortunately, I have been able to still squeeze in some time for painting.
I like to walk every day if I can. I go around my neighborhood. I’m fortunate to live in south St Louis, where there is quite a lot of old and beautiful architecture, and tree lined boulevards with shady parkways in the middle. One day, I walked past an alleyway, and saw a charming wooden fence. Someone must have planted some meadow mix along the base of it. There were some colorful wildflowers growing along the base of it.
There is a subtle complementary color scheme going on here. It is yellow and violet. The fence is based on yellow orange, and the alley and some of the flowers are blue violet. I went impressionist on this by using broken color on the fence and pavement. I also have an interesting contrast between the urban elements of street, power line shadows, dumpsters, and fence, with the organic plants, tree, and flowers. The rather austere appearance of background dumpsters and garages emphasizes the beauty and grace of the blooming things. Here is the listing in my online store.