This kid is the spitting image of his daddy.... and where do you think that saying came from anyway? Actually it's not just the basic body type and color scheme... it's a lot about attitude. That part is the most fun to try and capture in paint!
Good news! These three paintings were accepted into the 13th annual Maritime Art Exhibit at the Harbor History Museum. Opening is Aug 4th, runs through Sept 2nd. Too bad I'll be kayaking the NW corner of Vancouver Island collecting inspiration during the reception, but I have my priorities!
These sea stacks, large rock outcroppings that have/are crumbling off the coastline, remind me of chess players. It's fun to weave your way around them to see what secrets hide in their shadows..... and who will be the one to catch the Queen? Endless playtime on the ocean beaches :)
The bunnies have called in reinforcements to complete some of the higher pruning tasks in my yard. These big boys use very flexible tools and can reach apples up to 5 or 6 feet in height. May be a little low on applesauce this year, so far I still have raspberries but I'm sure they'll get to tidying up that patch soon, lol.
I put up the Painting Challenge at Daily Paint Works this week. This is the painting I made from the photo (below) of Sherryl at Avalanche Lake in Glacier Nat. Park. Thanks for the inspiration Sherryl!
Why don't you take up the challenge yourself? Here it is..... have fun!
The Name Your Muse, then Paint it Challenge
So much to see, so little time… snap shots provide basic elements. It's the painters job to render the scene with feeling. No matter how gorgeous the landscape if you don't know why you're painting it the result will likely be less than a masterpiece. Avalanche Lake in Glacier NP inspires feelings of both awe and serenity in me which could result in two very different paintings from the same source material. Can you consciously identify what it does for you and then transfer that to paint? Use this image (crop, rearrange, simplify) if it inspires you, or find a landscape of your own. Write down in a single word what you plan to communicate in paint then make that the title of your painting.
This one is a warm up for a portrait. It wasn't quite right as a likeness, but I like the alert look and "presence" of this horse. It's that "look" I'm always after so in that sense I like this painting.
This is one of my many yard helpers. Big buns and little, white buns and brown, chewed ears and longer ones. They are hopping about everywhere. I'm sharing the strawberries as payment for chewing down buttercup and dandelions... they seem pleased.
Another from the beach.... a "palm tree" surge channel. Close your eyes and listen to the snap, crackle and popping sounds all around you as low tide zone dwellers readjust to being left high and dry. Crabs scuttling for protection as my shadow crosses over. You can feel the rocks breathe.