Wednesday 29 February 2012

woman of a certain age - 24x12"

This one might take a few sessions. It was very windy here today and, since there will be lots of very subtle, warm grays used, I tried to work outside. First, the picture blew off the easel face-down on the ground and then later (after picking all the sand and bark and dirt out of the very thick, wet paint), it blew into my hair.................I moved inside. FYI: I am still trying to update my profile and continue to get some weird error message and have not done the work required to figure out the problem.

Monday 27 February 2012

into the wave 12" square

Just felt like painting a figure...........I am still looking for a figure group in this area but have not had much luck. I might have to go to Savannah!

Thursday 23 February 2012

first thing in the morning - 12x9"

I really like to go to the beach very early, especially when it is partly cloudy and the light is angled and interesting. I have tried plein air work at that time but the conditions change so quickly that I tend to study what is happening and take some photos now since the plein air work is usually crummy. If you study enough, the lessons and impressions seem to rekindle by looking at the photo (if you know how to get what you want in the photo anyway). The new painting is from one of those photos I took last week......I also (finally) finished the beach house. Today has been my favorite kind of weather day was close to 80, humid and windy; I am thrilled that I moved since I painted outside all day. 

Tuesday 21 February 2012

beach house progress - 14x11"

I really thought I would have finished this by now but I got all stuck on a certain portion (it's a secret which portion) but I am getting close now so I thought I would post it. It makes me laugh when I am painting outside and someone comments: Oh, that must be so relaxing!

Friday 17 February 2012

beach house - 14x11"

A little word of explanation here - I have switched to a different brand of paint that I discovered at my local art store (Coastal Art Supply in Beaufort). The brand is M. Graham and I absolutely love it because it stays wet and workable for so long (the colors are true as well). The only drawback is that there are certain times when one needs to apply a dark color over a light area without disturbing it. So I have had to put aside the "tourists" for a bit before I can finish it. I began a new picture of some beach houses but have not even covered the canvas yet - in this case I believe I won't have have a waiting period because there won't be those type of areas and the slow drying time will come in quite handy.

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Charleston tourists 12"square


This painting is really quite complicated..........I have messed around with the shadows for a couple of days now and am making progress now so I decided to post.

Saturday 11 February 2012

morning ride (bad photo)

This is a pretty bad photo and I apologize for that....but today was actually like winter (almost like New England) - it was in the 40s and so windy that I couldn't take a photo outside. I believe I am a bit spoiled already.

Wednesday 8 February 2012

morning ride 12"square

I realized I forgot to post the final version of the "moss." Anyway, Hunting Island State Park seems to be a favorite place to bring your horse since I see them there almost every time I go. The beach is very long, wide and flat and seems to be the perfect place to ride..........thought I would try my hand at a horse and rider picture......ran out of time to finish today so I have lots to do tomorrow. 

Monday 6 February 2012

by Hwy. 21 - 10x8"

Just a quickie........highway 21 is the primary route out of Beaufort towards the inland roads. This defunct store always catches my attention. And just so you know, I have been trying to edit my profile to reflect the recent changes in my life/location but keep getting an annoying error message which causes me to turn the computer off - I will figure it out at some point.

Friday 3 February 2012

spanish moss - 12" square

My first attempt at painting Spanish moss............a completely fascinating plant to me. I have not nearly done it justice but I intend to keep trying. Around here, it hangs from every tree, fence and pole, creating a marvellous canopy over streets and spaces. In addition to looking so neat, it catches every difference of light so its appearance changes from moment to moment as well as moving with each breeze and air current. I have more to do on this one but finished the window boxes.