Flat Rock Falls… complete!

I had a great day today with just enough painting time to finish up this piece. Would you believe it, it’s the last day of my twenties today!

It was a great day that I finished up by attending my community’s book club (the author was present!) followed by two hours with my tennis club. The rest of the day was spent studying for my Spanish 101 exam tomorrow – yeeeah! I love it.

Flat Rock Falls, oil/canvas, 18 x 18"
Flat Rock Falls, oil/canvas, 18 x 18″

Quilted Lake… finally.

I am happy to say today is the last day of work on Quilted Lake. I’m pleased with the outcome and eager to move onto creating the paintings that have been accumulating inside me. If it weren’t for my tennis club meeting in an hour I’d start another painting right now!  I’ve got some serves and volleys inside me too though, and they need to come out just as badly as the paintings.

I hope everyone enjoyed their labor day weekend and that you all have a great short week!

Quilted Lake, oil/canvas, 24 x 48"
Quilted Lake, oil/canvas, 24 x 48″

TGIF: painting marathon outcome

Well, it’s been a long day. I spent a total of 9 hours painting and regardless of hot packs, stretching and ibuprofen I am in quite a bit of neck/head pain this evening. I know the painting is not quite done yet, although I don’t know exactly how far I am to the finish line… let’s just say I’m a lot closer.

Here is the progress picture I promised you, complete with an appearance from Dragon, who leapt up onto a chair to look out the window as I pressed the shutter.

Quilted Lake in Progress, oil/canvas, 2 x 4' with kitten
Quilted Lake in Progress, oil/canvas, 2 x 4′ with kitten

TGIF: painting marathon

Good Friday morning to everyone!

It’s 9:30 and I’ve jogged, showered, breakfasted, cleaned, laid with the kitty and prepared my palette. I’ve been working on “Quilted Lake” for weeks now and it’s just really dragging. I did really really enjoy working on it yesterday though so I decided today was the perfect day for a painting marathon!

Meaning? I’m sitting down to paint now and I’m not going to stop until this painting is DONE… or my body gives out… whichever happens first. I’ll take breaks to stretch and eat obviously and maybe to work in a mini solo dance party or two (I listen to really upbeat music while I paint and sometimes can’t help dancing.)

Wish me luck. I will post my progress tonight whether it’s done or not!

Palette is ready!
Palette is ready!

New Palette

I missed posting last week but did finish a 16 x 20 inch painting I will show you soon.

Today I wanted to share with you my purchase of a new palette! This may not seem like a big deal, it IS just a 10 inch slab of unfinished wood… BUT this is only my second palette ever. EVER. Other than the big glass table-top I used in university. I was a bit reluctant to give up my trusty old palette, but my aversion to spending hours scraping it clean got the best of me and I decided to move on. heh.

So here is proof of new palette in front of new big canvas (don’t I look amused?):

New Palette
New Palette

And here is the very first stages of a new painting with my new palette. Oh so fresh!

Quilted Lake IN PROGRESS
Quilted Lake in progress

A last glimpse of summer

I am pleased to report that my large landscape painting went splendidly (or maybe I just wanted to use that word?) and it is now pretty much complete. Unfortunately it is evening now and too dark to take a good quality picture, so I have scrounged up something else for you.

I know there are many many people out there pining over the last days of summer, wishing they could do just one more cannonball into the lake… so here is a sketch I did from my last lake visit:

marker sketch of lake surface
Surface of the Lake, marker on paper, 9 x 12"

Creatures

Yesterday my husband and I went for a bike ride in the morning and came across a meter-long snake a little thicker than my wrist coiled up on the road. Fortunately a truck was driving down the road at the same time and pulled over to inspect the reptile. The driver, clearly knowing what he was doing and what species he was looking at, picked it up by its tail and flung it gently to safety in the ditch. His twelve year old son was right next to him wide-eyed. “It’s a bullsnake!” he yelled cheerfully after us.

Later that day we made a picnic to eat in a state park. We pulled into a site and I made my way towards the picnic table. Then I spotted a note scrawled on legal paper held down by rocks. It read, “Black widow nesting under table comes out at night. Consider moving away rather than killing? Thanks”… It was night. Perfect time for a dinner picnic… and letting black widows crawl on your knees. We ate in the car and enjoyed the brilliance of colour through the windshield.

In this land of tough, rough, wild creatures it’s nice once in a while to focus on the gentle, non-poisonous kinds. Here are some ducks I sketched at Oasis State Park the day I spotted “Snakey“.

watercolour drawing of ducks by lake
Ducks, watercolour on paper, 5 x 7"

More dreamers…

Here is another painting in my new body of work on the theme of merging with the natural world. It is a lot more subdued and calming in person but I needed to photograph it with more light to catch the detail.

oil on canvas painting of people sleeping on a pond at night
On the Pond, oil on canvas, 16 x 20"
detail of painting of people sleeping on a pond
On the Pond, detail