Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fall Fields 4
Oil on linen panel

This is another view of the field from the last post, "Fall Fields 3". Again, the sun on the field and the cast shadows were amazing that day! This one was done entirely with painting knives. The knives allow - perhaps force - me to be a bit more abstract, and I really like the strokes and edges I'm getting. However, right now, painting knives don't seem appropriate for every painting. I'll be working more with them, and we'll see what changes!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fall Fields 3
Oil on linen panel, 8 x 12 inches

I saw this field while driving to meet a friend for breakfast. I had to turn around and go back. The early morning sun was turning the grasses to gold and copper, and the shadows were wonderful blues and purples. A beautiful morning! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November Drive
Oil on linen panel, 8 x 10 inches
This is another area up near Troy, Missouri. Great light in November!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I surely have a lot to thank the Lord for, including the gift of being able to paint most days. Better yet, my faith, family, and friends. Enjoy the day and the pumpkin pie!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fall Fields
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 8 inches

These are the first 2 of a series of fields and farmland in the early/mid fall colors. Here in Missouri, I'm not sure we'll get much of the late colors. Seems to be turning very rapidly!

The painting above is from the Illinois side of the Mississippi River bottoms. The day was cloudy, but at times the sun peeked out and the reds glowed! For those of you who know us, this was the best part of a truncated, frustrating anniversary trip. Despite problems, it was still a nice trip with great weather and scenery!

Fall Fields 2
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 8 inches

This painting is a scene near Troy, Missouri. Just a simple, serene field, punctuated by the sun turning it golden. Quite beautiful!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Birch Buddies
Oil on archival panel, 8 x 6 inches

Found these at Busch Conservation Area near us. I don't often see birches here in Missouri other than river birches. These may be a different variety, since the bark isn't very typical. On the other hand, I certainly don't know a whole lot about trees... 
Anyway, they had such beautiful bark and shapes, they were a great inspiration for painting. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fall Fruit
Oil on archival linen panel, 6 x 8 inches

Yes, eggplants are fruits (I had to look it up), but I don't think hydrangeas are! Both theses were taken from my yard/garden. Several things I was working on in this painting - more texture, painting without turps, as well as some compositional and color practices - Whew!
As always, hope you enjoy!