16×20″ oil on canvas– I was pleased with how the colors came out on this one– I actually painted over a painting that I never had time to finish and since the value structure and design were already in place, I could focus entirely on the temperature and subtle changes between all the different blues, yellows and greens in the scene.
I’ve been sketching around the house with colored pencils this week. It is good for artists to change media now and then and mix things up… my favorite media to experiment with are oil, watercolor, pizza toppings, out-of-tune guitar strumming and half-wild weedy gardening. Everyone is an artist– what is your media?
16×36″ oil on canvas– This was a sunset to remember… layers of mountains dissolving in to the light and particularly speedy clouds racing and changing colors across the sky. Thirty minutes earlier and the day was still afoot– a thirty minutes later and the stars were glowing behind the clouds. This area burned eleven years ago in the Zaca Fire and it has beautifully risen from the ashes like a true phoenix. Nice work, mother nature… : )
Who’d have guessed that the fluid nature of watercolor could be so well adapted to painting dancing flames? These are a couple of 8×10″ watercolor sketches made while enjoying campfires with friends on a recent backpack adventure.