Monday, May 26, 2014

The Old House

Sometimes I am not sure what draws me to a certain scene but i loved this picture that Carol Theologo provided.  This old house reminds me of my grandmother's house where I played when I was a little girl, too many years ago.  Maybe because 3 of my grandchildren have been visiting with me all weekend and I want them to remember coming to Mimi's house when they get as old as Mimi, I was drawn to this.  Whatever the reason, I enjoyed painting today after the little people left because it is always so quiet when they are gone, so I turn up the music and paint - that way I do not miss them as badly.   I hope all of their memories are good ones. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Wine for Old Wineskins

This weekend the challenge was to paint a vineyard. This is the first time I have ever painted a 5" x 7" painting using large brushes.  I am trying to use larger brushes and learn to see more color in ordinary scenes that create interest.  At the same time I am trying to use tertiary color schemes.  I like the way this turned out.  Now to go pour a glass!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hiding in the Cornflowers - SOLD

Rodney Campbell is a wonderful photographer who captures the most amazing scenes.  This is my interpretation of his photo.  A little hummingbird hiding in the cornflowers

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Rose Challenge

I try to complete the weekly challenge for DPW so that I can expose myself to different subjects.  This week the challenge was to paint a rose bush.  I am so insecure when painting roses because I see some artists who can really paint beautiful, realistic roses!   My third grade teacher told me I could paint roses and I have always remembered that even though it was many, many years ago.  I tried to pull from that encouragement when I entered this challenge.  I was surprised that I saw a little blue in the picture that was provided and so I painted by background with an undercoat of blue - I did find that I liked the way it showed through. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Rooster Named Ricky - SOLD

I loved this colorful picture that I found by Villager Jim.  Villager Jim is an awesome photographer who graciously shares his photos on Paint My Photo.  The man is amazing.  I am moved each time I look at his work.  All of his subjects are full of life, light, color and emotion.  I hope you like this rendition of his rooster named Ricky.