Monday, June 29, 2009

Jones Gap again

Here's a painting I did with the pallette knife on the second day at Jones Gap State Park. I really was disappointed in it while there, but now, after taking another look at it, I like it. I feel it captured the chaotic movement of the water swirling and the dappled sunlight that was constantly changing and getting me so confused.

Yesterday, I took my Dave and 2 of my grandsons, Skylar (7) and Breckon (5) to Jones Gap so they could experience the beauty of the river and deep shade of the forest on such a hot and humid afternoon. It was great, we had so much fun hiking along the river, crawling around the rocks and watching the boys wading, throwing rocks and all that comes with little boys discovering nature. The air around the water was cool and as long as we were in the shade, the heat of the day was quite tolerable.

Saluda River, Jones Gap State Park, SC
10"x8" oil on panel unframed
$150 unframed. $225 framed. Plus $10.00 shipping

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Falls Park, Greenville, SC

This needs work, but I'm posting it anyway. What a perfect summer day it was today. I sat in a shady spot overlooking the beautiful waterfalls in Falls Park, Greenville, SC. I'm not particularly proud of this one, except for the fact that I managed to keep everything organized and it is arranged very much like the actual scene. I need to work on the rushing water, to make it more water-like. Because of all the rain, it really is rushing and powerful this year. It was viewed from a distance and i don't like the fact that it looks like a miniature waterfall viewed up close, rather than the large powerful waterfall that it is, further away. I will try to fix that. I'll post it again sometime to campare the two. It was so fun, though, to sit and paint in such a beautful park on a perfect summer day.
8x6 oil on canvas board
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Monday, June 22, 2009

This morning's breakfast

I've been wanting to do this painting for a few months now, and decided today was the day. After filling up on the Cheerios and some really good strawberries, I brought my bowl into my studio and painted. The shape of the bowl was such a challenge to me and I'm still not sure I have it right. If you can tell me if you think it's ok or if you can see what i need to change, please, let me know.
I do see that i am going to have to fix the shadow under the bowl because it looks like it's floating.

Heart Healthy Breakfast
6"x6"x3/8" oil on panel, unframed
$75. unframed, $100 framed, plus $10 shipping.

This painting can be hung without a frame, it is painted black on the sides.
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Fun at Folly Beach, SC

Here it is. I am seeing some things I need to fix. This one was alot of fun to paint with such bright colors.

Folly Beach
6"x 6"x3/8" oil on panel
$75 plus $10 shipping
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Folly Beach Photo

This is a photo I took in July of last year on my visit to Folly Beach, SC with Corrie and her family and my son Ryan. We had so much fun. It was the first time I had ever seen the Atlantic. I couldn't believe how warm it was-like bath water.
Last week, the day before my sister and mom came to visit, I started a small painting using this photo as a reference. I hope to finish it tomorrow and will post it here. I hope to do many versions of this scene. There's alot going on in this photo, maybe i can do a bunch of small paintings isolating bits and pieces of the groups.
I haven't painted in a little over a week and am excited to get going again tomorrow.

Folly Beach, atlantic ocean, oil painting, seascape, umbrellas.
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Poppy Field-Simpsonville,SC

Here's another one done in oil on a 6"x6' panel with a pallette knife. They are so fun to do and if you like lots of texture, it's the way to go. My husband took this photo of a poppy field right up the road from us. I would have loved to paint this en plein air, but by the time I got back from my trip, they were gone.

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Poppy Field-Simpsonville, SC
6"x6"x1/2" panel
$75.00 unframed, $95 framed, plus $10.00 shipping.
This painting does not require a frame. The sides are painted.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Queen Anne's Lace, Simpsonville,SC

I'm home and I'm painting! I had a wonderful time in Henderson, NV, staying with my daughter and son-in-law and their little ones, until the new baby was born. She came on Sunday morning at 5:36am, weighed 6:12 and 19 inches long. Her name is India-Jade Ryan Schmidt and she is beautiful.
I spent the day yesterday working in the yard, planting flowers, fertilizing etc, and then went swimming with my grandson's, Skylar,7 and Brecken who is 5. What a beautiful summer day and perfect for swimming.
My plan today was to paint outdoors, my favorite. But I must admit, I'm a wimp and it's been raining all day. I took a walk this morning with my umbrella in the rain and saw so many scenes that i would love to paint. I came back later in the car and took a photo of this field ful of Queen Anne's Lace. I decided to try painting in my studio exclusively with a pallete knife. It was fun.
Queen Anne's Lace-Simpsonville, SC
6"x6"x1/2" oil painting on panel
$75. unframed, $95 framed, plus $10.00 shipping.

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