Some time when I was pondering this Painter’s Block, I did this plein aire painting of the Oklahoma Redbuds.
12″ x 12″ oil on Ampersand Panel
I’m happy to say that this painting was featured on Open Studio Online. 🙂
It is probably evident that I have really been trying to be looser with my brush strokes, looser and more relaxed with my paintings in general. I think this is why I lack confidence, because I’m so nit-picky about details. This is one of the areas I realized that was causing this painter’s block. It is often scary going out of our comfort zones; we have to be willing to not just “test the waters”, but jump in. 🙂
Have any of you heard of a cushion bush? When I saw a photo my daughters brought back from their trip to Australia, I couldn’t resist trying to paint it. She told me that you could actually sit in these bushes and relax, and that they are really comfortable. 🙂
12″ x 12″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Leucophyta brownii (also known as Cushion Bush).
Leucophyta brownii is a small, rounded shrub with tangled tomentose branchlets that give it a silvery appearance. It commonly occurs on the exposed faces of cliffs and dunes on the south coast of Australia. Although it can grow up to 1 metre high, it is more usually 0.2 to 0.7 metres high. It produces flowers during summer (December to February in Australia). These are white – yellow globular heads and about 1 cm in diameter. ~ Wikipedia
Snow is a rare event in Oklahoma. A couple of weeks ago we had a really good 3 inches and cold enough temperatures that it stuck for a while. I love being the first one out of the house when it snows…making the first foot prints…listening to that crunching sound under my boots. Here is what it looked like from our front gate…my impression anyway…
12″ x 12″ oil on canvas
I painted a landscape of the coffee farms in Haiti for Eric at 1804 Coffee. While I was painting with a small brush each tiny coffee plant, I thought a lot about what a wonderful opportunity Eric is offering these farmers by helping them grow their coffee plants and giving them a place to sell their coffee beans. I really admire Eric for what he is doing to help these people get on their feet. Take a moment to look over these hills… Do you see the little man resting near the coffee plants?
Before I was able to send this painting to Eric… Haiti was devastated once again, this time by Hurricane Matthew. Eric has written an update as to what he has heard happened pertaining to these coffee farmers… You can read it here… 1804 Coffee Blog
If you find it in your heart to help these farmers, you can buy their coffee beans or donate by contacting Eric on his website. I love these coffee beans and I love what 1804 Coffee is doing to help these people.
With a deep sigh of accomplishment… I finished the challenge. Seeing all the photos of the aspens turning their golden yellow hue prompted me to pull out an old photo I had of the road to Gray’s peak. I miss Colorado so much, but I am thankful for the time that we were able to spend there hiking in the mountains.
10″ x 20″ oil on linen
Thank you all for all the encouragement. 🙂
I’m having so much fun on Instagram. I find artists that encourage me and inspire me and so many wonderful people who share their own life experiences, plus my own children, who I don’t see all the time what they are doing, so posting a picture keeps me up on their activities. This painting was inspired from a friend I haven’t seen for a long time. Her mother was my midwife and delivered 6 of my 9 children. Because of Instagram I get to see a little of what is going on in their lives even though they live faraway.
11″ x 14″ oil on linen
I loved this picture the minute I saw it, and asked her if I could paint it…pure joy!!!
Struggling with this one, so it’s unfinished after two days of fiddling with it…
12″ x 12″ oil on raised panel