Sunday, March 5, 2017

Gulf Sands


Gulf Sands
8x10 oil on canvas

This one started out as a demo painting I did for a group of students who attended my 2nd mini-workshop on painting the beach en plein air. We lucked out with gorgeous weather! 
Below is the progression over the course of about 45 min, I just got around to finishing it yesterday.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Last Night's Sunset


Last Night's Sunset
8x10 oil on canvas SOLD

Fortunately I took a few minutes to jot down a quick notan drawing in my sketchbook before jumping into capturing this sunset as the light and shadows changed from minute to minute!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Pastel Light


Pastel Light
8x10 oil on canvas

Another backyard study at dusk

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fading Evening Light


Fading Evening Light
8x10 oil on canvas

Out in the backyard again, one of my favorite subjects to paint! This landscape is becoming so familiar to me and the more I paint it, the deeper my awareness and connection to it grows as I quickly and fluidly register the patterns of light and dark, warm and cool. Painting it during that "golden hour," just before the sun sets out of sight, helps me to focus and put down the what is essential with speed and purpose (and a bit of fun too!)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Seagrass Study


Seagrass Study SOLD
6x8 oil on museum board 

After tending to my sick child all week it sure felt good to get outside for a bit and get my brushes wet this morning!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Moody Morning


Moody Morning 
12x12 oil on canvas board

Even after all this time I still fall into the trap of "chasing the light" sometimes, as happened this morning. The sky started out dark and brooding, but towards the end of my painting session it quickly changed to a bright and sunny day... at which point I found myself painting some intriguing shadow patterns in the foreground sand- oops! Disconnect! So I went back over them to try and recapture the original look, but without much success. Oh well, live and learn!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Soft Sands


Soft Sands SOLD
12x12 oil on canvas panel

Toned this one with Alizarine Crimson as the rising sun was giving everything a lovely pinkish- purple cast! Since my first mini-workshop on painting morning light on the beach en plein air was such a success I'll be teaching another one next month!