Saturday, July 14, 2018

Portage in July

After an early breakfast out with family, I returned and headed down to the river bank, with my oils in tow.  These rich, colorful landscapes just call for a rich, buttery medium.  Now that summer is in full swing, I am using more raw sienna and yellow ochre.  The heat is beginning to dry out the foliage, thus the shift.  Another surprise choice, permanent rose.  I can see it in the bark and in the shaded masses.  It is always so interesting to me to see the color shifts from one day to the other.  Always fun to capture the moment!  Painting number 2001 in 2001 days.

Friday, July 13, 2018

On the Portage River

The natural beauty here is almost overwhelming.  This is one of my very favorite kind of scenes, full of tranquility and the gentle sounds of nature.  The water babbles gently against the rocks, and those rich summer colors are irresistible.  So often wildlife slips in near me, not realizing I am human.  Today, I was visited by a deer family of four, splashing and playing on the opposite bank of the river.  A blue Herron fished and flew away, staying long enough for me to commit him to paint.  Time seems to stop when I'm surrounded by such beauty, allowing me to REALLY soak it all in, letting the experience seep into my painting one stroke at a time.  Painting number 2000 in 2000 days!!  Wowza!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sea Gulls

It is especially refreshing to enjoy temps in the 70s when it nears 100 degrees back at home!  Watching the seagulls, and their antics is a great way to spend an afternoon.  They come very near as we stay still, but are quick to fly off if approached.  So I captured them in ink as watercolor while they stayed close, and shortly after a few dogs on the beach scared them away!  Painting number 1999 in 1999 days!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

East Harbor ink and watercolor

Another relaxing evening at the beach, and ink and watercolor are my media du jour.  Both dry quickly, so the blowing sand does not stick to the substrate.  This is always a problem with oils, but I consider it a little organic matter!  I've been mixing in a little ink towards the finish, getting richer darks for a little pop.  I think I like the effect.  I didn't pull my journal out for this one,  wanting to keep my setup small and tight.  With my supplies taking no more room than a pocket, I can take them anywhere and paint whenever the mood strikes me.  Painting number 1998 in 1998 days.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

East Harbor View

I really love the sound of crashing waves, they are mesmerizing as I sit on the large rocks at water's edge.  I pulled out my favorite journal and ink pens, filling in with watercolor. This paper is very rough, and the paint skips over that surface.  It was challenging to try to capture the movement of the water with lines, leaving those whites.  Watercolors are so much harder for waves than oils!  Sitting on the rocks, I juggled supplies, barely saving one brushpen from dropping into the water below!  I like the long format for this scene, it helps capture the time and place as I experience them!  Painting number 1997 in 1997 days.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Garden Walk

This garden has a view from every angle!  Drawn in by the sweep of lawn and abundant flowers, I choose ink and watercolor for this scene.  I find my composition with an India ink pen, super fine, and drop in local color as I see it. Those flowers are added loosely, as I squint to see the larger shapes. To finish, I add a little more ink for definition.  So much fun to paint in a garden, surrounded by so much beauty!  Painting number 1996 in 1996 days.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Harwood Water Garden

How lucky am I to be invited to paint such a lush garden?  Arriving early for a Fox 4 live broadcast, I am representing the Urban Sketchers KC chapter that is partnering with the Water Garden Society's Tour this weekend.  Artists are located in roughly 21 different gardens tomorrow morning, painting on location, some offering work to sell.  20% of the proceeds go back to the Water Garden and Urban Sketchers KC to further their continuing education projects.  The weather was perfect, and my host so gracious - this was a morning well spent, even if the news coverage was cut short due to a breaking story!  Painting number 1993 in 1993 days.