Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dreams of Lavender 2

"Dreams of Lavender, 2"
14 x 18 inches
Acrylic on canvas
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This is another commissioned piece. They were ordered as a set. This painting is from the same idea as "Lavender Dreams Again"

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This one is larger and I flipped the composition. I also added more flowers and more detail to the mountain.
I love working on a larger scale.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Dreams of Lavender

"Dreams of Lavender"
14 x 18 inches
Acrylic on canvas

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This is a larger format of an early painting I did called "Lavender dreams." It is a commissioned piece. I reversed the image and changed the field's angle to show the rows more. I really like the lighting and the depth.
If you see a painting you would like that is already sold, this is a good example of how I can create an original for you that is similar, but is changed in size and rearranged somewhat.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Drought's End, After Fay

"Drought's End"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

Tropical Storm Fay is still sending strong winds and rain to us. This is the third day the storm has been hanging around. This is just one of the many fields that have not had standing water in over two years! Now everywhere you go you see flooded fields! We sure did need the rain!
Had some limbs down and the power went out the first day. The winds were their strongest as the storm slowed down near Lake Okeechobee. The last half of the storm was worse than the front of it. Now our lake is up a foot, which is great. about two more feet to go and we will be back to the average depth. But I hope we don't have any more tropical storms or hurricanes.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Along the Path, Wildlife art by Fawn

"Along the Path"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
Ready to frame

I felt like moving on to new ideas. I love the blue series and may do a few more, but for now I want to work on brighter colors and create higher, lighter values in my compositions. So I used lots of white in the sky and contrasted it with the tall pines. I may touch up a couple of spots yet, but I really like the overall effect.
This is a path at the A and D ranch, only I made it wider and added a shadow near the bottom to frame it in. The doe is one that I took pictures of up in Gainesville last year.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Life Line, palette knife painting

"Life Line"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

This is an abstract palette knife painting with two hues of blue.

This painting has been reworked, see May 2010 for the updated version.


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TCAA


Here is a picture of me with a blue ribbon on "High Tide." What a nice surprise!!!! This is at the Treasure Coast Art Association, in Fort Pierce. I just joined the group last month.



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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Rainy Day Angel, palette knife painting

"Rainy Day Angel"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
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#5 in the blue series. I used a composition of split compliments. Blue-green, blue-violet, orange, black and white. Orange is a true compliment to blue, so by using the hues on each side of blue I have split the compliment. I could have done it the other way: with Blue and Yellow-Orange or Red-Orange.
This is a palette knife painting, which gives it that almost abstract look, which I love for angels.
When we are down we can be sure God is still with us. His messengers are all around. We can find comfort even when times are tough.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Passion of Flowers, double hibiscus

"Passion of Flowers"
24 x 30 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
painting continues on sides, framing is optional

I have been working on this large painting for a couple of weeks. I am starting a series of large paintings of flowers. These double hibiscus are a new addition to my husband's garden. I love the way they grow red and orange flowers. I took a few pictures at different angles, and then combined them here to capture their wonderful colors!


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Healing Waters, Waterfall, blues #4

"Healing Waters"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

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I used the analogous blues moving from green to blue-green to blue, and then added black and white for value changes. I added a touch of contrast with the complimentary color (orange). I mixed my own orange so you can see some yellow-orange and some red-orange also. I like getting variations by mixing my own colors.
I kept thinking about the song "Healing Waters" which refers to the living water of Jesus Christ. By his Spirit we have strength and healing for our soul.
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Monday, August 11, 2008

King of the Hill, winter sunset, compliment to blue

"King of the Hill"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame
$450.00

This is the third limited palette in the blue series. I only used Ultramarine Blue, Orange (compliment to blue), and White. The white and orange make a nice peach glow, and the light blues set it off. No black this time, because compliments can be mixed together to get a blackish color. For grays I added white. It is amazing the amount of hues created just by mixing varying amounts of each color.
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Lavender Sway 4, Alla prima

"Lavender Sway 4"
8 x 10 inches
acrylic on hardboard

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This is my second painting in this new blue series. I just finished up a limited palette challenge in greens, so now I want to play around with blues. In this analogous painting I have used Blue-violet, Blue, and Blue-green with black and white for varying the values. This is similar to one I did called "Lavender Sway 3" It had more red-violets and some butterflies.
This is alla prima: fast and fun, lots of thick paint all applied in one session, so the colors mix wet-in-wet. It has a painterly, loose look to it.
I really like the abstract quality of the shapes and rhythm in this painting, as well as the cool temperature of the blue tones.
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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Great Bear Wilderness, Montana winter

"Great Bear Wilderness"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame

This monochrome study is the first of a blue series I have started. I did it alla prima, or all at once. I used one hue of blue, Phthalo Blue, along with black and white to create the many changes in values. It gives the painting unity and balance.
I used a photo that my sister-in-law (Annette) took. Her and my brother go out snowcatting and skiing often.
Sure is good to think about the cold weather when it is 98 degrees and 100% humidity! Florida is just miserable in July and August! But that's the price to have nice weather the rest of the year!
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Friday, August 08, 2008

Green Sulphers, Butterflies

"Green Sulphurs"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame

This is a split compliment. I used yellow-green and blue-green and their split compliment of red. Black and white are used for highlights and shadows too. The white and red made lovely pinks.
This is #7 in my green tribute to our beautiful earth. I think I am done using a limited palette of green. I am ready to move on! We'll see.
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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Salt Air, Palette knife seascape

"Salt Air"
8 x 10 inches
acrylic on hardboard
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I am taking a break from the green series. Hope to get a couple more of them, then I may start a blue series. I love this little palette knife painting, so fun to do! Lots of texture. It reminds me of when you first go over the dune and can smell the salt water in the air as you get closer to the beach.
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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Green 6, tints of green, Dandelions

"Green 6"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame
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My experiment was to make a very high key painting, using yellow greens, green and some blue greens, and lots of white for the various tints that adding white creates. I did use some black to add to the the shadows, and found that I really liked the yellow and black in the green for shadows. But I kept the shadows at a minium to keep the painting bright.
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Green Stream, Warm and cool greens, wood stork

"Green Stream"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame
$475.00

I saw this wood stork fish along this shallow creek for a couple of hours, so I took some pictures of him. I was really attracted to the background trees and the play of the warm sunlit green against the cool bluish shaded greens. I painted this alla prima, or all in one session. (The photo really doesn't do justice to the subtle changes in color in the painting.)

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Green 2, analogous greens


"Green 2"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame


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Analogous to green. Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel are called analogous. I stretched it some with the orange. (All of the colors should have something in common. Like yellow-green, green, and blue-green for example.)
This painting starts with blue-green and moves around the color wheel to green, yellow-green, yellow, and a touch of the compliment (red) or opposite color. The red and yellow-green made a nice orange color as they overlapped. Then of course, black and white are used for shadows and highlights.


This plant intrigued me because it was growing out of this old stump. It looks a lot like the spider lilies in my yard. I took photos of this at the botanical garden last year. It reminded me of an explosion of color! I darkened the background to set it off.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Green 1, first in a series of green paintings

"Green Leaves"
8 x 8 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
$450.00
Sides are painted  framing is optional

This is the first of a series I am doing on using a limited palette. It is part of our daily painters challenge and tribute this month. See yesterdays post for the tribute. I am starting with green to tie in with conservation and still do studies on color.
This is a monochrome. I only used one color of green and then used black for shades of green and white for tints of green. The emphasis becomes the value changes instead of colors, which makes it harder to bring out the brightness of the leaves.
The lilies leaves had such an interesting twist to them, I wanted to use that repitition to make the composition stronger. I added depth by using more black on the leaves that I wanted to recede. I may tweek this one still a little, but over all I like the way it turned out.
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