From my garden, the ferns are drying into a combination of russets and greens. This painting is about twenty inches wide. And having painted all of the spaces between the fronds, my eyes are very tired ! I still have this one !
I picked up a bunch of beautiful dead oak leaves, while waiting for Dave at the bus stop. I finally got around to painting them. This is a small painting, and I think it would be kind of interesting to paint it much larger, a la Georgia O'Keeffe, maybe. Of note is that this is my typical color palette of cobalt blue balancing out the burnt siena.
Another small painting from a photo that I took at Mohonk Lake. This is a good (if illegal) place from which to fish !
"Berry Pints for Blackberries"
As my neighbors, the Rooney's would say this year. "The catbirds ate all the berries." And I say..."they eat all the bugs too !". I have had two nests close to my studio window this year, and I have fed them a lot of peanuts, too. NA
Thanks to all who visited my booth at Anderson Park. Your attendance is much appreciated (and it would be incredibly boring if we didn't have anyone to talk to all weekend) !
For those of you who are local, I may be doing an open studio sometime in the spring of 2014.
This painting turned out so bad that I won't even post it. It was to be a goldfinch on a sunflower. The was no way to save even a little part of it !
Sunflowers in my back yard, planted from the winter's bird seed. Very green. I wanted to avoid the blue background that I seem to paint most of the time, and evoke the jungle like feeling of the July garden after a night of heavy rain.
The old VW. I painted this from a photo as a thank you to a friend. I haven't used this much red in awhile ! This is a well cared for, restored VW bus, much loved.
The bus actually means a lot to me, because growing up, my family used to have one very similar to this one, except that it was eventually impossible to start, and it must, by now, have rusted completely through. NA
From a photo by Damian Calcagne, of a live oak woods in California. I was inspired by the scenes eeriness and the green and purple colors. I used my regular watercolor palette, and if you look closely, you will also see sponge dabbing and some opaque watercolor pencil.FB does has it's merits.
From a photo I took in the Barn Museum at Mononk Mountain House. The same palette as "Disengaged", the complementary shades of burnt siena and cobalt blue are almost like painting in the values of black and white.
If you value your sanity, do not try this subject at home !
These succulent plants, native to the American Southwest (I think!) bloom at night. This one from a photo I took at Mohonk the early morning after the bloom, before it had a chance to wilt. I have one of these plants at home, and it has bloomed once every ten years. The scent is remarkable, and the blossom is about eight inches in diameter. Really amazing.
This is a large house portrait commission which was a great assignment to keep me busy during this cold January. I never saw the house in autumn, but rendered it from photos taken in the snow, and imagined the colorful foliage. COMMISSION