Link 30×30 results

Last blog post I was planning a personal 30×30 challenge and here are the results. The intent was to experiment with watermedia every day, and I did a little of that, but mostly I ended up with studies for things I intend to paint again in a more considered way – those are the suburban landscapes.

The ones that are more experimental are numbers 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, and 19. There is a lot to consider in them about what worked, what didn’t, and why. Experiments are heaps of fun because they are done purely for the experience. If they end up being worth presentation, that is a rare bonus. Usually they suffer from “too muchness”. Too bright, too design-y, too incoherent, too unresolved. However, they are excellent dress rehearsals for do-overs that can take me in a bit of a different direction.

I always struggle with color because I always seem to end up going overboard even though I want to keep the color subtle. #18 and #23 are the closest to the way I want to use color right now. I’m glad that a few got close to the mark!

Number 10 has about the right amount of looseness. That is another difficult target.

There were a couple of do-overs within the 30 because I just couldn’t walk away from a motif when I missed the mark. And the one figure piece because that was the only watermedia I had worked on that day. It was included even though it didn’t really fit with the rest. Even the food court still life has more in common with the landscapes than the figure.

Putting them all together like this really helps in evaluating the individual pieces. I have got to get a wall in the studio fixed up soon so that I can view things side by side in real life!

Link Fall Chrysanthemums

Last November I did a daily plein air project, going to the Arboretum every day. One day the place was full of containers of the most brilliant chrysanthemums. This piece captures some of that clear autumn light and the fiery color of the flowers. It is painted in gouache, which is a kind of opaque watercolor and a favorite medium of mine. The completed painting was waxed for protection, which means that this gouache can be framed without glass like an oil or acrylic painting.

Fall Chrysanthemums – 5×7 inch gouache on panel, $105 plus $10 shipping and handling.

Available for sale through my Daily Paintworks gallery – click here to purchase.

Link Garden Falls

This is another of the little waterfalls surrounded by Japanese maples in the Dallas Arboretum. The trees have started their springtime explosion of color while the sky and background still have their moody and somber winter look. This is an optimistic painting of renewal.

Garden Falls – 6×6 inch oil on panel, $108 plus $10 shipping and handling

Available for purchase through my Daily Paintworks gallery.

Link Garden Spring

In the Dallas Arboretum there is a stream that runs downhill amid a little forest of Japanese maples, with many little drop offs where the water falls.  The “spring” in the title of this painting doesn’t refer to a spring of water, but to the season when this was painted – some vibrant green water plants had made their appearance, but the maples are still wearing the greys and browns of winter.

Garden Spring – 8×6 inch oil on panel $144 plus $10 shipping and handling.

Available to purchase from my Daily Paintworks gallery.

 

Link Wait

This is a new one, fresh off the easel, so I’m pretty excited about it and think I will do some more pavements. Not sure yet how the titles for these will be themed, but I’m pretty sure the name for this one will stick.

Wait – 8×8 inch acrylic on panel $165 plus $10 shipping and handling

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Link Garden Falls

This is another view of the Japanese Maple falls and pond at the arboretum. It would be easy to mistake the bright spring color of the maples for autumn.

 

Garden Falls – 6×6 inches, acrylic and oil on panel

Link Champagne

This was a warm-up for the plein air session in my last post. The subject was a heuchera that had just come home from the garden center. This variety is called “Champagne”, so I’m going with that for a title. I love the colors in these leaves – they emerge a combination of pale orange and magenta, and age to a subtle green and buff.

Champagne – 6×6 inches, acrylic and gouache on panel SOLD

 

Link Enchanted Rock

The title of this painting doesn’t suggest a fantasy landscape. It’s a real place, and Enchanted Rock is its real name.

Enchanted Rock – 6×6 inch acrylic and oil on panel.

Link Garden Spring

This is a little waterfall in the Dallas Arboretum that is surrounded by Japanese maples. I wanted to bring out the vital freshness of the new spring growth in those water plants. They glowed.

Garden Spring – 6 x 8 inch acrylic and oil on panel

Link Snow White

I was honored to be invited to participate in the exhibition “View from the Art Village 50-Year Retrospective” at the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery. The show was curated by Nancy Cohen Israel  and celebrates 50 years of the Braniff Graduate School at the University of Dallas. I received my graduate degrees at UD and am thankful for the program as well as the opportunity to exhibit there again after all these years.

I’ll be showing this little acrylic piece.

Snow White – 4.5 x 7 inches, acrylic on paper