Thursday, February 26, 2009

Painting When You Have The Flu...

is not a good idea! I have had a bad cold/flu the last week and more than anything it's caused great frustration. I'm actually feeling better, but I have this lingering "brain fog" which has resulted in a complete failure to put together a decent composition. I hope to get something done this weekend - :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

"Sunrise Atlantis" - Reno, Nevada

Most of my close friends know that I live in an area that offers absolutely no conveniences, such as shopping malls. The closest mall is in Reno which is a 236 mile drive (one way)'s at least an overnight trip and we stay at the Peppermill in Reno which offers spectacular views from the tower rooms. Ok, I admit I love the room service and if I have to travel that far to shop, a little pampering doesn't hurt ;)

I love waking up to the Reno sunrises - sun spills into the valley and the tall buildings appear to be growing amidst the trees and the Sierra foothills cast beautiful blue shadows.

Lately I have experienced a difference in the time it takes me to mix my colors, and I am able to focus more on the values, which has been a wonderful realization! The Atlantis hotel seemed to stand alone from the view I had on this particular morning, and the sun created magic - I attempted to capture a wee bit of that in this painting.

8 x 10 on Raymar canvas panel

Monday, February 9, 2009

Church of St. Raphael - San Rafael, CA

I went to school at St Raphael's from 1st through 6th grade and the memories of playing here came flooding back as I painted, it was a joy working on this. My sister took a photo near dusk and that's what I used as my reference for this painting. I love the warm colors in the sky playing against the coolness of the building.

8 x 6 oil on linen panel

Thursday, February 5, 2009

San Francisco Victorian

This was so much fun to paint! I actually didn't quite finish what I wanted to do before having to submit it to the Different Strokes From Different Folks Challenge - I may make a few changes, but all in all I am pretty pleased with the way it came together.

When painting structures I try to get one area correct, I then measure everything else off of that one (hopefully) correct area. This was great practice for me :O)

6 x 8 oil on Raymar canvas panel