Saturday, March 26, 2011

Villa - WIP

Ugh...what a day.  Haven't held brush to canvas for awhile...was just what I needed.  Turn on the music, grab my favorite brushes, and paint the ugliness of the day away.   Think I like where this one's going...

8x10 Oil

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Tribute To My Mom's Art

Visited my mom this evening.  While talking art she dug out two photos of some of her art.  One was an oil painting she did from a Walter Foster book and the other an ink drawing .  I remember other ink drawings I saw when I was growing up and they were all amazing.  The Cougar drawing here, I remember hanging on the wall in my grandma's home.  It was huge!  The oil painting shown here was her first (yes, first) oil painting!

She doesn't draw or paint anymore (although I suggest she pick up a pen or brush from time to time), but she enjoys watching me learn my way around the canvas.  I certainly know where I got my love of art, now I can only hope some her talent rubbed off on me!!  So here's a little tribute to my mom's art, here on my little art blog!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Coldwater Lake Study

Did a quick little study tonight.  From a photo I took of Coldwater Lake up near Mount St. Helens. Hmmm, I think it needs more depth. Oil on 8x10 canvas board.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Clackamas River Bend

Been painting pretty regularly this week.  I set up a Yann Tierson "radio station" on Pandora.  Incredible music to paint to.  After a while I began to realize that my brush strokes were truly guided by the tempo and mood of the music.  So what music do you paint to?! Would love to hear what music folks find most inspirational with brush in hand.

So here is tonight's painting effort.  I set this painting aside a few months ago and finally decided to pick it up and continue.  This is from a photo I took while hiking with my family and some friends high up on the Clackamas River.  I had to climb up this little hill and push the trees and bushes aside to snap this picture.  Hidden behind the dense forest was this brightly lit bend in the river...twas a nicely hidden treasure!!