Friday, January 18, 2019

Winding Creek in Snow

The quiet beauty of the day was calling to me.  As I headed to the gym, it called.  While dropping artwork off at the Buttonwood, it still called.  Once free from my obligations, I stopped at a favorite creek on my way home,. Knowing the melting snow would now expose very wet ground, I could not wait to paint the inky darks against that cool gray snow.  Love the mood of this place, I am SO glad I stopped!  Painting number 2190 in 2190 days.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


So fun to paint new subjects like this radiating sun!  By special request, I'm painting several miniature round paintings in ink and watercolor, created for a very special frame.  Stepping outside the box is such a great way to keep things fresh!  How lucky am I to get to do this every day?  Painting number 2186 in 2186 days.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Snowy Evening at Home

I've been wanting to try my hand at nocturne painting in the snow, so what better chance than now?  With vintage Edison lights strung along the front porch, a soft warm glow vibrates against the cool blue violets as twilight fades.  I'm using an ultramarine violet and Naples yellow on the Richeson palette today, just out of the box.  With a like cad orange to warm the glow, I get my first look at these new colors.  Every brand is different, but I like the buttery texture of these so far.  All of these snowscape paintings have used these paints, and I'm really getting a feel for them now.  We're supposed to get freezing rain overnight, perhaps I'll paint ice tomorrow!  Painting number 2185 in 2185 days.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Behind the Barn

Always so full of character, the milk barn is a constant source of inspiration.  The blanket of snow is certainly icing on the cake!  It has been a wonderful painting day - in the 40s, and that means the snow is melting!  Thank goodness we have so much of it on the ground!  I'll be painting snow as long as it lasts!  Painting number 2184 in 2184 days

Monday, January 14, 2019

Home through the Snow

Another day of exploring the shades of snow - and finding how quickly the color cools off with the sunset.  What pushed towards warm at midday, turns cool blue gray in the evening!  I need so much more practice painting snow!  Perhaps I'll get to perfect it with another snowfall coming Friday!  Painting number 2182 in 2182 days.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Snow on the Walnut Tree

This walnut tree was once a little start that popped up in Grandma Bessie's flowers.  Coaxing me to take it, little Tiffany helped plant it.  It's a little unruly and drops walnuts beneath it's boughs, but it is a little slice of life on this old place.  I love how there has been no wind during this show, and a blanket still lies heavy on each branch.  With this study, I am looking for all those nuances of color in the masses.  I can only hope the snow stays long enough for me to paint all the paintings I want to around here!  Painting number 2181 in 2181 days.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Snow on the Cedar

Oh, what a glorious snow - and it's still falling!  I've been waiting for a snowfall like this to paint!  It is a winter wonderland out there!  We have many mature cedars dotted all over the property, and they are majestic with a blanket of snow!  While it is still snowing pretty heavy, I choose a scene right out the front door for my first of the new year.  I love all those pockets of darks and the draping branches iced with snow, and the covered front porch offers protection for my panel until I get the oils down.  I could just paint one after another on a day like this, but alas, the Chiefs are playing a big one today!  Painting number 2180 in 2180 days.