Peaceful Reflections

15×30″ oil on canvas panel– The water birds are celebrating the return of their swimming holes here at Devereux Slough.

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Warm December at Ellwood

15×30″ oil on canvas–  I’ve painted this view before, and each time the painting is so different depending upon what the light and water and seasons are doing.  I think I could paint here every day and never get bored.  I’ve had the Counting Crows line in my head, “It’s been a warm December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last.”  This is a good time of year for horizon gazing and planning for brighter futures.

Watercolor Sketchbook

I have been playing with watercolors recently.  I can make a study of a painting in a fraction of the time it takes to make an oil painting, so it gives me a great way to explore compositions and experiment with design ideas.  It has been a great way to get out my creative energy when I don’t want to commit to a whole canvas.  

Fellow artists might enjoy this way of making an inexpensive watercolor sketchbook.  I cut a bunch of paper types that I like working on and took them to the copy shop to have them spiral bound.  I mask the frame with painters tape so it leaves clean edges when I pull it away.  

You can see on these first two that I often make a pencil sketch before I start painting to figure out the design and value patterns before I begin splashing color.  I used to paint with watercolor a lot when I was in high school, but haven’t used it much since.  It is fun to rediscover and I think that doing these is going to help me discover new ideas for my oils.    

Refuge

12×16″ oil on canvas– The wildlife was unusually still this week… it is rare that these marvelous creatures stay in one place long enough for me to approach and paint them.  I am particularly fond of these wild animals and the lovely habitat they inhabit.  Some of our favorite trails are in flames right now, but I’m comforted knowing how quickly the chaparral can spring back after a fire.

Dawn on the Bluffs

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Oil on Canvas— 16×24”— I was really honored to be invited to be a new member of the Oak Group last week.  I have great admiration for the artists in this group— not only for the awesome art made by the members, but also for their environmental agenda of using their art to raise awareness and funding to protect wild spaces.  I really look forward to showing with them in the future.

Sunpockets

20×48″ Oil on Canvas– I love how a canopy of trees creates little spotlights that highlight little parts of the forest floor.  Sometimes these illuminate delicate plants that wait for their thirty minutes of direct sunlight a day and sometimes they make a pool in the creek glow like a lantern.

Cool Ocean on a Hot Day

12×24″ oil on canvas panel– I enjoyed taking a couple of refreshing dips in the surf between painting the waves at Miramar Beach yesterday afternoon.  I hope you are all finding equally good ways to stay cool today!