The area in which I live is very beautiful. Majestic mountains, rolling hills, high desert, mighty rivers, we've got it all. Sometimes, though, it's the small things that inspire, like a little shoot of grass poking up through its colorful, dying predecessors.
Another one for Karin Jurick's Diffferent Srokes From Different Folks blog. It's an enjoyable challenge to find inspiration from a photograph provided by someone else. Determining the composition is half the fun; what I like most about this one is the intersection of lines and curves.
A month or so ago, I met with a couple of friends to paint en plein air and instead we all went on a photo jaunt together. The sense of fleeting beauty was so strong, we agreed to gather as many photos as we could, to savor in the winter months. Like squirrels and nuts (we were the squirrels!).
A rose bush I bought and planted a few years ago has been taken over by the root stock. The canes it shoots out in 10-foot lengths produce unattractive, short-lived blooms. The hips that follow are the only reason I haven't pulled the entire thing out of the ground.
Another painting done for Karin Jurick'sDifferent Strokes From Different Folks. This was painted from and upside-down photograph, which I resisted all temptation to turn right-side up until it was complete. I've never painted a figure before, so it was doubly interesting to try from an inverted reference; I didn't notice the confluence of lines at her head until I turned the painting around, but I liked it, so I left it that way.
This was painted for Karin Jurick'sDifferent Strokes From Different Folks blog. It was a lot of fun to do, and interesting to compare to others' interpretations of the same photograph. I felt an ambiguous title was appropriate for an ambiguous scene. Thanks, Karin!
This scene was a challenge. I wanted to convey the depth of the woods beyond the creek while retaining the feeling of simplicity and serenity. A peaceful Autumn morning filled with sunshine, and a bubbling brook beckoning in the shade; what a beautiful world God made.
A group of artists met and painted en plein air at this lovely site near Glenwood, Washington. At the time, I just had to paint a grove of aspens in the other direction, but took lots of photographs, including the one which inspired this painting.
I paint because it brings me a sense of satisfaction and ease. Whether it's landscapes or still lifes, I am reminded of the depth and complexity of the world I otherwise often take for granted. My goal is to share that sense of wonder and awe through my paintings.
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