Thursday, February 24, 2011

Johannes paint-along - finished

Okay, I think I have done all I know to do to this...


11 x 14 Oil on stretched canvas

These are the things I have been working on.............

1. abstract shapes
2. values (I tend to get too dark in areas)
3. brush strokes

Now, if I can get my right brain to do these all at the same time ....everytime.... I will feel I have made some progress. Wow... this does take brain work!! I will be the first to admit .... my brain needs some exercise

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Painting with Johannes

As I have never had training or opportunity to take art classes, when I heard about a 12-week free webinar painting classes (2 length, Sat and Sun afternoons) through Wet Canvas, I was determined to sign up.
11 x 14 WIP
Today was a demonstration painting and we were told we could paint along if we wanted. I got my pallet laid out with the colors the instructor suggested using, but found out at the last minute he was doing it in watercolor instead of oil. He also had sketched the larger shapes onto his support, and I hadn't had time today to view the reference photo he had emailed us.
Well, I decided I'd go for it anyway!....with my oils, as that is what I work with. I just painted along with him, filling in shapes in the general areas, and doing my best to keep up with him. This painting is not done yet of course, but it was a very fun exercise, and I feel I am learning alot about a whole new way to paint. I will post the painting when it is finished. I am so thankful for the opportunity to take part in these classes! Thanks to

Friday, February 11, 2011

Painting outside today

I was so glad it warmed up enough to get outside to paint today. It was 17* when I left the house and was out about one and a half hrs. I did the finishing touches at home this afternoon. I love how the wild vines climb up the fence in the summer to be the perfect winter decoration!

"Tracy's House - Snowed In"

Plein Air Oil 9 x12


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Homesteading Series #3

We seem to want to wish the snow away. Do we really? Will that make us happy? Or give us another complaint .... :)

Funny how each season has its joys and its woes.

"Muddy Boots"
Oil on 3 x 4.5 mini


Monday, February 7, 2011

Mountain Chickadee

I had intended to take part in Gary Keimig's Wilderness Art Challenge for some time now, so while the super bowl was on yesterday I decided to try this. I did change the background, and don't know if that is acceptable but I sent it in anyway. It is a good learning tool to see a number of artists all painting the same subject. We can learn from each other.
"Seeking Refuge"
8 x 10, oil
This painting reminds me that our Lord is our refuge during the storms of life.
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snow, Water and Ice study-2 "Blue Ice"

This is my 3rd Winter painting since the new year, and I thought I should get it done, as I hear we are supposed to have an early spring! Another photo taken by my daughter at Fisherman's Cove near Franklin, PA was the reference for this painting.
"Blue Ice"
8x10 Oil on canvas panel

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow, Water and Ice study- Reposted

I have been working on some winter weather scenes. My daughter took this photo at Fisherman's Cove near Franklin, PA, and I just had to try it. I know rocks are very un-interesting to some people but I love the colors that come from water-covered ones! I tried to portray the feel of a day when the snow and ice are just starting to melt.

"Winter Thaw"
8 x 10 study
oil on canvas panel