Monday, November 30, 2009
In choosing this image to paint, I was interested in the perspective of the shadows and the backlighting effect on the tree. The glow on the water creates a focal point behind the tree. Even though centering the focal point is not often done, the symmetry of the tree and shadows and the highlighted center work togther in this painting to create somewhat of a radial design.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I have a large family descending on my house for Thanksgiving, so I will be taking a short break to cook and clean for the holidays. Enjoy this breathtaking view for a few days and I will post the next painting on Monday. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I took a class, taught by Caroline Jasper, several years ago; she is the one who has inspired all the red backgrounds on which I paint. When I saw this tree, I was reminded of her; it is painted in the Jasper style and very similar to one of her paintings. I guess we are all made up of influences from those who have gone before us.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Most of the time I paint local colors; that is, I try to match my paint to the exact color of the image. With this painting, however, I chose to experiment with cooler colors. The reds and teals work well together. As winter approaches I will probably be challenged to be more creative with color.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Faith Christian School, whose property backs up to the Parkway commissioned this painting of the Parkway Overpass on Buck Mountain Road in Roanoke County. The fall colors, I'm sure, will remind many of Back to School Days.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
There are many differences between shadows and reflections. The angle of the sun has a direct relationship to the shadow and not to the reflection. The angle of the object has an inverse relationship to the reflection and not to the shadow. Color can be distorted in the reflection depending on the sky color and other surrounding colors; the color of light more so than shadows are distorted from adjacent colors. I'm sure there are many more differences; artists perceive these differences many times without really being aware of them.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
With the rain this week, I am very glad that I took lots of photos last Sunday at the Peaks. I will continue to paint "around the lake" for the next few weeks. In this painting, the lodge is across the lake just to the right of the shadowed leaves.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Parkway Series # 47 12 x 16 oil Sold
I've had many requests for Peaks of Otter lake paintings, so for the next couple of weeks I will be posting these. Walking around the lake, I was next to the road on the upper end with the lodge behind and to the left when I took the photograph for this painting.
Friday, November 6, 2009
This section of roadway captured my eye because of the steep drop off which allowed such a beautiful view of the mountains. The contrasting colors of yellow and purple, blue and orange and the strong diagonal shadows were a plus too! I never have a problem with subject matter on the Parkway. Actually up there, there never seems to be a problem with anything!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Looking out over the Peaks of Otter lake from the lodge, the warm shadows from this beautiful golden tree caught my eye. The air was chilly but the sun light coming through the tree warmed my soul. Light is an amazing thing; I always sense a Presence in Light. Can you imagine a world without it?