"Paintings from a natural frame of mind"

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A taste of Winter!

9x12 oil en plein air on Raymar panel

It was 24 degrees yesterday morning when I started off for a morning of painting in the canyon. Cold, crisp and absolutely beautiful. The painting above was completed on sight and I must admit I am delighted with it. When I arrived at this location I sketched three different options and thought I had decided on which one to start with. After setting up my tripod and pochade box I glanced up in a different direction and this scene just begged me to paint it. So I did a quick sketch of it and began painting. 

 Below is a photo of the start of the painting I had initially planned to start with. I was able to get a good start on this before it turned too cold with the light breezes kicking up. This painting will be finished in the studio after I return from a week long painting trip to California. A workshop with the award winning artist Kathleen Dunphy  http://kathleendunphy.com/  Painting for 5 days, 7 hours a day and "NO Whining" aloud. Should be a wonderful experience for me.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall in Lamoille Study

9x12 Oil on Raymar panel
It was a gorgeous day in Lamoille and I made such a happy mess while painting out - it was so much fun!
My goal was to get the hazy feel of the mountains with a touch of fall color and the golden fields in front of this charming little country church. I will try again!

Actually now that I look at this photo, I rather like it better than the finished painting! I think I'm going back to this spot soon to try it again.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010


18x14 Oil on Linen
Commission Portrait

Cammie received some fine tuning after the paint rested.  While I am working on Cheyenne I was able to see some things I wanted to improve on. Also since my original post I've found out the correct spelling of her name.

Here is Cheyenne in the process, she is a challenge! 
Love challenges!

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