White Mountain Wilderness

Finally, the large oil landscape is done (for the most part… I often add touches here and there for a while after completing a painting). It depicts the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico and the view from where I got married in May of this year.

Oil painting of white mountain wilderness, new mexico
White Mountain Wilderness, NM, oil on canvas, 24 x 48"

Cheerful in bloom

Unlike yesterday’s post there is no guessing which direction today’s painting hangs.

I am feeling cheerful… does it show?

watercolour of tulips
Tulips, watercolour on paper, 4 x 6"

Floral Study

I had a lot of fun making this floral study and enjoy the versatility of hanging options. Usually for me there is one way only to hang a piece but not today folks. This one seems to appeal in three of four possible orientations. Which is your favourite? Or for fun… which direction did I actually paint it in?

watercolour painting of flowers
1. Floral Study, watercolour on paper, 4 x 6
floral watercolour
2. Another orientation of Floral Study
watercolour of flowers
3. Another orientation of Floral Study

In the breeze

When the chores pile up there is nothing to do but… well, chores. That doesn’t mean however, that you can’t take a break to paint them. I remember Danny Gregory‘s advice for the “too-busy person” on how to make time for sketching, I read it in one of his books: draw those dishes just before you do them, draw your food as you eat it etc.

So maybe you can tell I’ve become a very busy person recently and seem to be working on rather small pieces… and I am, just trying to satisfy that itch to create even when there doesn’t seem to be any time. I  really must add though, that I think it is just as important to do the little sketches and record simple moments of beauty in small paintings as it is to make the big works that take more time and planning. Each type of painting works in its own way, allows me to express completely different feelings and thoughts as well as process things differently. I hope you can see the value in the different types of paintings I’m creating too.

This one may be slightly less successful than my last laundry painting since there is far less colour contrast, but I rather enjoy how the whites are billowing and blending into the sky. I find it calming and peaceful and hope you do too.

oil painting of white laundry on a line in a yard
In the breeze, oil on canvas, 6 x 6"

First Impressions

These were my first impressions of Portales, New Mexico from a visit I had last May. Three studies from a hotel window the same day we had a tornado warning:

watercolour painting of houses from above, new mexico
Small Houses, mixed media on paper, 5 x 8"
watercolour painting of houses in new mexico
Small Houses 2, watercolour and ink on paper, 5 x 8"
watercolour painting of field, New Mexico
Field, watercolour and ink on paper, 5 x 8"

Phew! I’m back.

Just when you thought I was gone forever, I found my way back to the computer and brought a tree exploding with spring growth with me. My travels have taken me fairly far, and I’m sure their influence will spill out all over this blog in no time so stay tuned.

watercolour painting of tree
Tree Growth, watercolour and ink on paper, 4 x 6"