Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Sunrise Exercise this Morning

This is just down the road from us, so it was no problem to grab my pallet this morning and set up on the front porch for a quick study, as soon as hubby left for work. The sun rises to the left. That tree is a small River Birch we planted in our yard a couple years ago.
The painting is named for the Williamses that live at that end of the road.
"Williamsville Sunrise"
8 x 10 Oil on canvas board
Plein Air

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Painting Course Homework

For last week's assignment, we had the choice to do a painting of one of the instructor's photos, or one of our own. This was my choice.

I go past this field when I go to town, and this beautiful Sycamore tree grabs my attention every time. I did make some changes to make it more interesting, and tried to apply the principals the instructor is teaching us.

"Fields At Rest"
11 x 14 Oil on stretched canvas

I'd like to take a hike down through these fields, wouldn't you? and see what's behind those yonder trees. I think a creek may run through that valley......

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I love opportunities... and especially ones that help others. This came in my email this morning. http//
Now that my taxes are done and out of the way, I am able to get back to concentrating on painting. I have a "homework" assignment to do for my painting classes I have been taking.
I will also be working on a painting to be auctioned to help the people of Japan. This is a very worthy cause and I hope I am able to do one that someone wants to buy.
Stay tuned .... I will be posting these paintings soon
Thanks to all who visit and view my blog!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Plein Air Painting

"Mike's Catfish Pond"
12 x 16 Oil on canvas panel
I love this little pond which joins our farm. It just begs to be painted! That is Mike's house in the background. He is down at his pond fishing often in the summer. That is our field on the near side of the pond. The heavy rains filled the pond to over-flowing and running down the sid eof our field. His trees near the edge are still standing in water.
I started this outside yesterday and finished today smoothing up tree trunks and adding fence.
Thanks for viewing.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tea-pot Finished

8 x 10 Oil on stretched canvas
( Available )
Although did the best I could to limit my strokes, I did not complete this with the one stroke method. I basically finished out the backgound and made a few other adjustments. Still a decent painting I think. Hubby likes it and he is my worst (best) critic :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A One-Stroke Painting Challenge

"Tea, Anyone?"
8 x 10 oil on stretched canvas

A few days ago, I began working on a one-stroke painting challenge. This was my first attempt at this kind of exercise. It was very interesting and fun challenge. The idea is to mix one color. Put down one stroke on your canvas/board. If it’s wrong, mix a new color and put a new stroke directly over the first. Mix a new color (feel free to adjust the first color, on your palette, to get the second, but make sure to start a new pile when needed). Put down one stroke. Mix a new color. Put down one stroke. You get the idea. Trying to get myself to do only one stroke was not an easy thing for me. I did surprise myself and am pleased with the results, even though I made several mistakes, given the limited time I had available to work on it that day.
Thanks to DPW for offering the opportunity to participate in this challenge. However, since my browser won't cooperate, it seems I cannot upload it on the DPW site, so I am just posting it here. I will be trying to use this technique more.
Thanks for visiting!