Wednesday, February 13, 2013
This group of daily paintings covers a wide geographical area. First are a couple of works of Charleston, SC's low lands. Next is a lighthouse from NJ. Last few are scenes from the Northwest, starting with some water lilies, then a couple of water scenes and a farm from the town of LaConnor, north of Seattle. All are 5x7 to 8x10 in size.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I switched from Hawaii to Oregon scenes this week, now on number 71. These are Oregon coast views, 6x8 to 4x6 in size. Took time in the middle of these to redo an old Oregon coast scene in a larger work and although I improved it, it's still not where I want it to be. What's the saying, if at first you don't succeed.
Friday, February 1, 2013
The fun of the daily paintings is that I can tackle images I'm not sure will turn out well as paintings, to see if I can pull them off. Usually I can so that's a great confidence builder, especially for when I get outdoors again when the weather improves or I travel to a warmer place. I'm a weather wimp so don't go up to the mountains nearby for snow scenes or such. Much rather paint the beaches of Hawaii,Oregon, and California. The top image is a waterfall on Kauai, 5x7. Next is a road to Iao Valley on Maui, 8x10. Third is a view from North Maui, looking NW, also 5x7. Bottom two are views from the Oregon Coast. 5x7, and 6x8. I always seem to have aerial views of Oregon as the coastal road has many ups and downs and the scenic stops are high above the beaches for the most part. Most of this group especially shows my strength in making the composition work from a distance, by having the canvas divided well into light and dark shapes. If you squint at them you will see what I mean. I've always been good at this and now the daily paintings are helping me make the paint surface more interesting. Next challenge is to incorporate still more color besides what I see to offer greater color variety than is found in nature, or to emphasize the "odd" colors more, or heck, just add whatever I want to make the work more alive. Painters are allowed to lie, same as fiction writers.