No matter an artists’ style or choice of medium, there are many things that go into a great composition. I am working on a new series of paintings that make the “shadows” key players in the compositions.
12″ x 16″ watercolor
In our yard, we have a dwarf Meyer Lemon tree which produces the sweetest, best tasting lemons! This little tree was the perfect subject and of course, it was so nice not to have to travel anywhere to create artwork. Today I finished this small watercolor painting and am pleased with how it turned out. Generally when painting, I know when to be “done” but with this particular project, I was getting way too close to overworking it and had to force myself to put my paintbrush down.
Here is a recap of the process:
1. The concept drawing
2. Drawing and beginning stage of laying down color
On the edges of the lemon and part of the stem, I painted an art masking fluid
The above photo shows the project almost completed and below, the finished painting.
Like the majority of my work, this painting shows my strong illustrator background but I enjoyed allowing myself to get looser in some of the areas behind the lemon. It is my hope that you find helpful hints in the creation of this painting.🎨
I drew this concept sketch over a year ago and have finally begun the painting.
This is just the beginning stage of a new watercolor painting and my goal is to maintain the warmth and vibration of the sunlight through the leaves of this Meyer lemon tree. Final size will be 12″ x 16″.
18” x 36” oil on canvas
Under painting is complete and now I can concentrate on greater care with color, depth and detail. This is one of two projects currently in progress for my vineyard series.
18″ x 24″ watercolor on Aquarelle Arches watercolor block
I have been working for quite some time on a vineyard series of large paintings which include acrylics, oil and watercolor. This particular painting was taken from reference photos taken at quite literally the crack of dawn! Although this painting maintains my typical control with the paint, it is more stylized then my usual realistic approach.
72″ x 96″ oil on stretched canvas
Wine country, Paso Robles, is home to friends of ours that own a 10 acre lot that they planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. My husband and I have had the privilege to see it during the different seasons and help during harvest. Harvesting in 100+ degree heat is hard work and although we are glad to help, we have decided that for us, the best property to own is the one next to the vineyard. Our motto….. “access is better then ownership”.
Our home is not next to a vineyard so I decided to paint my very own vineyard to look out to. I began by building this 6′ x 8′ canvas The painting was too large for my art room so I set it up on 2 easels in the dining room and my husband set up the lighting for me. Below is a smaller section of the painting and of me adding final touches.
“Blueberry fields in the morning” 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas
Santa Rosa Valley, CA is a 6.861 square mile stretch of hills, farmland, some horse ranches, homes and paths for hiking. The farms mainly produce avocados, blueberries and lemons but many home owners have oranges, grapefruit, apples and more.
For me, this area offers so much inspiration for painting and drawing. On one such venture, I headed over to Gerry Ranch which has acres and acres of blueberries and is also a beautiful wedding venue site. The owners were so gracious and have allowed me to wander there property to sketch and take photographs.
From our yard: Bacon avocados (who knew you could grow bacon on a tree?!), Meyer lemons and mandarin oranges