Wednesday, February 27, 2013

People's Choice Award

Yesterday, I was informed that I had received the People's Choice Award for "Yellow Legs". It was a part of The Blues show at the Columbia Art Gallery. What an honor! I think people love these small shorebirds as much as I do. This painting will be included in my display for the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 12-14. Circle the date on your calendar!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

"First Light"

I put the final touches on "First Light" this morning. The source material for this watercolor is Eight Mile Creek. My husband and I were staying at Camp Baldwin, and the early morning sunlight hitting the stones was striking. Camping by a creek...definitely one of my favorite things.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

First Washes

I've started laying in the base washes for this river scene. I'm using a traditional approach for watercolor, working light to dark. However, there are some deeper values in the center rocks to give me a feel of how dark areas of the painting will be. Most of the washes are loose and free at this point.

 I hope to take another photo in a few days if I make progress. Weekends can be crazy busy!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Painting Prep

I've returned to one of my favorite subjects: painting rivers. I have a detailed drawing on the paper, and there is a masking element on certain areas to save the sparkle of sunshine on the water. Right now, I'm planning out my color choices. I'll try to photograph different stages of this piece. Starting out,  it always feels like putting together a puzzle.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

"Mrs. Talkie"

Commissioned paintings are always a challenge. I worry over trying to capture the vision inside of my client's mind. However, I always come full circle to the fact that a commissioned work rests on the artist's interpretation of the subject. When I was asked to paint a pet hen turkey, I moved away from strict realism and to having fun with color. Mrs. Talkie has a flamboyant, chatty nature, and I decided to paint the "inner turkey". Her owner was pleased with the results!