I looked up, as the sun made its way down,
and gazed at peach-colored cotton and specks of rose
that softened into cool and shadowy specks
that hide behind grey smoke.
When the lightest shade of blue mingles with the purple night shade.
I dream of clouds like these,
during bright blue skies and white puffy clouds yearning for
the south winds and waiting to pour.
This is an oil painting I started several months ago, but decided to put away for a bit. I wasn’t happy with the values. I went back on it yesterday and darkened the storm clouds to bring more depth to the painting.
Finding the light in the midst of a storm is always challenging, but in the end there is always beauty to be found.
As stated in my last post, I committed myself to painting outdoors at least once a week, so I forced myself to choose something in my backyard. I used an old lunchbox and made it into a pochade box. This week I decided to do a quick mini sketch of my husband reading a book outside. I liked the way the sun shine glistened on his figure–so poetic, right? And, I did add the chair afterwards. I really had good results with painting on canvas paper, so I took the rest of my paper and cut them into smaller pieces for these mini-paintings.
I wanted to do something colorful and dreamy. I started the painting with acrylic then used oil on top. I subtly added the reflection on the water for more of a realistic portrayal.
Happy New Year!
Part of my New Year’s Resolution is to paint outdoors at least once a week. I did this one yesterday on a elongated panel. I decided on a vertical composition for this tree. As usual, I played with the texture and decided to leave the foliage loosely defined. Deciding what to paint once arriving to a sight can be challenging, but I always decide to go with the first thing that stands out to me, regardless if I find something else. I can always go back and paint the other subject. Sticking to the things we commit to and following through to the end is a good step towards growing deeper in our awareness of our surroundings. This approach also forces us to pay attention and question the things that initially capture our attention.