Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nashville Forest Sunset

This is for Virtual Paintout Feb 2017 Nashville challenge. It's water color on F4 Waterford paper.

It was a bit difficult trying to find something to paint this month. This view of sun peeping through the trees with some fall foliage was a good exercise in water color trying to capture the sun without actually painting the sun. (ref)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Playa Puerto Nuevo Bikini Lady

This is for Virtual Paintout January 2017 Puerto Rico challenge. It's oil on F0 canvas panel.

Along the same stretch of the beach where I did the sea foam painting at Playa Puerto Nuevo, I saw this woman walking on the beach. (ref) The ocean and her body in the sun make good contrast and composition. So I had to do this little study as well for the challenge.

Sea Foam Lace

This is for Virtual Paintout January 2017 Puerto Rico challenge. It's water color on F4 Waterford Paper.

When I saw this sea foam view at Playa Puerto Nuevo, (ref), it reminded me a piece of lace. I thought water color with masking ink would work great for depicting the lacy quality of the sea foam.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Birds of Paradise

This is for Virtual Paintout November 2016, Tijuana. It's oil on A4 canvas board. Google link is (ref).

Monday, October 31, 2016

Riverview Rd

This is for Virtual Paintout November 2016 challenge, New Foundland. It's oil on F4 canvas panel. I chose this scene (ref) trying to capture the blue of the river in Reidville in New Foundland.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Girl at Dutch Wonderland

This is for Virtual Paintout September 2016 Lancaster County PA challenge. It's oil on 8x10 canvas panel.

 At Dutch Wonderland there were many interesting people scenes. I chose this little girl because because of the good lighting, and the face is not blurred out. (ref)  I tried to use cool light with warm shadows.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nordland Reflection

This is for Virtual Paintout August 2016, Norway challenge. It's oil on 8x10 canvas board.

After taking a few months off preparing for the Cliburn, I finally got back to picking up my paint brushes again. Norway has many wonderful scenes, and I always like water reflections, so this view was an easy choice for me. (ref) First I painted the canvas panel reddish brown. Snow is combination of yellow white for light and purplish and bluish grey for shadow. Sky reflection is combination of warm to cold blue and greys.