Saturday, August 25, 2018

537 Coffeescape with Moonrise

Coffeescape with Moonrise
oil on canvas

   Edgar Payne, the American painter so known for his western landscapes, says to express your composition in one word. When I looked at my setup, I said, "skyline." I liked that and so I went with it.
     (Painting white on white can sure be a lot of work.)

Friday, August 24, 2018

536 Pear Leaves

Pear Leaves
oil on canvas

     I sometimes save the greenery from fresh bouquets. They can be so interesting after they have dried. I found them beautifully delicate as they cast their shadow on the background. And I liked how they had not lost their red stem color even though they were quite dead. Mother's antique pitcher was just what I needed to put them in.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

534 Golden Girl

Golden Girl
oil on canvas

     This delicate creature is awaiting adoption at the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Center in Reno, Nevada. She looked straight at me and my camera as if to pose. I loved her right away, but I am in no position to be giving my heart to a horse, so I remained all business and came home with a few good shots for studio work.
     For this one I aimed for her long, slender grace in gold in the key of green.

Monday, August 13, 2018

535 Linda's Toe Shoes

Linda's Toe Shoes
oil on canvas

     How good of my dear sister-in-law to loan me her shoes for a few paintings. Ballet slippers have an essence of magic. They make dancers twice as beautiful, and I know that only the chosen few from another world are able to put their toes in that box and be graceful about it.
     Here, I wanted to show the shine on the satin and the nature of the loose ribbon laces. I could not quite paint the magic.