I spotted this huge gorgeous lilac bush on a morning walk of my neighborhood a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately for me, they lived in the yard of some good friends. I didn't have to do much arm twisting to get permission to run home with a few clusters. Woo! Hoo!
Gosh, I love painting these plein air minis. They are almost like doing a thumbnail sketch so they aren't intimidating at all. They force me to simplify and because they come together so quickly I have more time to adjust composition, values and colors if needed. It only takes a brush stroke or two! Lastly, I find the long horizontal format works very well for most landscapes.
Lone Tree in Spring Storm
Oil on Linen Panel
3" x 5"
While out plein air painting last week, I reached into my bag for a mini canvas. To my huge disappointment, I'd discovered they were all gone! This simply wouldn't do. I didn't hesitate to hop on line and order more. I couldn't wait for the perfect coupon. Hopefully, thirty six mini canvases will keep me for awhile....
If you'd like to try your hand at painting on a mini canvas click here for a link to order my favorites. You can also find similar mini panels in most art supply stores.
A couple of weeks ago I had the great good fortune to attend a PAWA paint out in and around Mt. Vernon with two wonderful painting buddies. The weather was great on the first day but not so hot the other two. We had a terrific time anyway. On the trip I indulged my fondness for doing tiny paintings.
If you'd like to see some photos of our adventure, check out the video below.....
One of my all time favorite historic homes in Snohomish. I anxiously await for the azaleas to bloom then I pack up my gear and I'm on my way. Last year the Kirkley's bought the plein air painting I made of their home with a little help of Facebook and my friend Renee. So I actually got to see inside this extremely charming house and meet the wonderful couple that lives there. I love the perks of being an artist!
The Kirkley's Historic Home Quick Study
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 6"
This is a quick study of the house painted the day before the larger piece pictured above.
The owner, Joanne, runs a bed and breakfast in the carriage house next to the home. It's only a couple of blocks from 1st street which is full of antique shops and cute boutiques. If you're looking for a fun getaway give Joanne a call. Her number is 360-568-5390 and her website is cadyvillecarriage.com.
We've had some spectacular spring weather lately. Perfect timing for peak bloom of rhododendrons and azaleas. So I made a bee line for downtown Snohomish. I love this little old house which appears to be on the verge of being consumed by these beautiful bushes.
Another still life based on what I saw at the Alexander Zimin workshop.
I was pretty fascinated by the way he set up a still life. No one was allowed to watch. I'm assuming because he didn't want any distractions. Never had I thought to put that much focus into setting up a still life. Also, not being able to watch only made me want to watch all the more......
A favorite family haunt on Whidbey Island, I've painted it before and no doubt will paint it again. Don and the girls love looking for agates here. There is also a wonderful hike along the bluff. I had intended to work on this some more but history shows I'm not very good about going back to work on old paintings. Not when there are so many new things to paint!
Daily Paintworks, the website I usually auction my paintings on, posts challenges to inspire artists. One recent challenge caught my eye. Brenda Ferguson (a favorite daily painter of mine) asked us to paint our bliss. Beautiful, beautiful flowers are my bliss. So with that in mind, I painted these lovely double tulips in a silver pot. If you would like to see some other challenges on Daily Paintworks click here.