Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I adore the hills of the eastern Gorge. It's a challenge to portray their immensity in a painting, since there aren't pine trees, etc., to give them scale. The day was overcast, with just enough sun coming through to turn the hillsides pink, and with the shaded foreground, it gives an idea of their grandeur.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Looking east towards The Dalles, from the Washington side of the river. This is one of my favorite views, and it was challenging and fulfilling to portray it on a larger scale than usual.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
This was an overcast day along the Deschutes River. This has in it all the things I love to paint: clouds, trees, water, rocks, receding hills... the river was sweeping along, the hills were sweeping along, the clouds were sweeping along... and I got swept along with it all.
This is one of the largest paintings I've done, so far, at 2'x4'. Framed, it's got quite an impact. I thoroughly enjoyed the process, using my biggest brushes and mixing huge piles of paint! A big thanks to my sister-in-law, Judy, for watching the children while I was in the studio.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
It's a good thing we all have different tastes, or we'd all want the same thing! My husband, who is my favorite critic, doesn't care for this painting, and yet I really like it. I like reds and oranges, which may explain it... and he is red/green color blind, which may explain it, too! He is drawn to composition and value, but the variations in similar-valued reds and oranges don't stand out to him. He can see blues pretty well; too bad the leaves don't turn blue in the fall!