The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Red Fantasy

Call me crazy but I am loving red paint lately. This started out as a painting loosely based on lupine flowers but morphed a bit. Another knife painting on prepared card, 8x10.




And a close-up of luscious red paint.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Card Two-Fer

Couldn't decide what to use for our Christmas cards this year, so I tried two palette knife paintings. The poinsetta was very difficult to photograph.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Travails of Plein Air Painting

Here's something you don't read about much in all of the "you're not a landscape painter unless you paint plein air" literature:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-grant/pleinair-painting-has-its_b_786974.html

Friday, November 12, 2010

Autumn Maple

Lately we've had the kind of weather that is too good to pass up -- low 70's, dry and knock-out brilliant light. The trees are still colorful too, although neither of these things will last much longer. I packed some pastels in my car and did this little 4x6" quick study at lunch today.

And here is a better pic of my friend Jack.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Friend Jack

I was putting away the Halloween things when I heard something say, "Paint me!" I knew right away who it was. He begged last year too. But now when I heard his deep gravelly voice (he smokes when he thinks I'm not paying attention), and looked again at the stem perched so jauntily on his bald head, I couldn't resist. He tries to look tough but that toothy grin gets me every time. He's my friend Jack, but he says that's Mr O'Lantern to you.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Autumn Trail Run

This was inspired by a grueling 5-mile trail race my husband and I did as a fund-raiser for a local mountain bike club. It was called Battle at Big Creek but should have been called Battle at Big Rock, for all the rocks on the path. My feet were sore for two days, even with trail shoes. But it was one of those glorious fall mornings that we wait all year for.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mummy Dearest

I adore mums, especially at this time of year. You know it will be one of the last flowers you see til spring. They are especially fun to paint with a palette knife. This one was very hard to get a good photo. I'll keep trying.

Autumn Mums, 5x7", oils

Monday, November 1, 2010

I'm So Blue

A blue cornflower on 6x6 hardboard, done with palette knives. Another fun use for Prussian Blue.