Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sleepy Fox

Sleepy Fox
Oil on Canvas

     Animal Ark, near Reno, Nevada, is a refuge for animals who cannot thrive on their own in the wild.  What a beautiful day we had there photographing the wonderful creatures, knowing they were protected, not imprisoned.
     This little darling was too adorable for words. I painted him on a dark green canvas. At the very beginning, with only a few strokes, it read fox. How much more work should I do on it, I wondered. I decided to do little. It was so rough and unfinished looking, but I allowed it to be, for fear of losing the freshness of the paint and also the charm of the animal.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mandarin Bowl

Mandarin Bowl

     I wanted to continue with the warm background. The slightly blue bowl is a nice complement, and nature provides the lovely cool green leaves. Can't improve on that.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Persimmon on Gold
Oil on Canvas

     Another orange-red globe, but this time on an analogous background, not complementary. I even tried to put orange in the green leaves. It is really, really warm. I love it. I liked the cool backgrounds, but this change feels good.