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
I love the view of the mountains as you are drawing close to them. To get to the mountains from where I live is a long grueling trip through the prairie. So that first glimpse is precious. This is actually on Highway 159 going north from New Mexico. This is a work in progress, as I still have to put more layers on the clouds…
12″ x 12″ oil on panel
I’m getting a little behind, but we had overnight guests this weekend…So, I painted two paintings today. This one is from a photo I took back in January when we stayed in a cabin nestled in the woods near this creek high up in the Rocky Mountains…
9″ x 9″ oil on gessoed panel
You can tell it’s a blustery morning on the lake. The old heron has his back turned to the wind, but on this rare occasion there is another heron keeping him company.
6″ x 6″ oil on gessoed panel
Every morning when my daughter and I walk before the sun rises, this old heron is sitting on the old pier facing where the sun will come up and waiting… Usually we scare him off as we walk by, but sometimes he sits long enough for us to get some photos of him.
6″ x 6″ oil on gessoed panel
I made some real progress on this painting today. I’ve actually been working on this commission for about 10 days. I know tomorrow after a fresh look at it, I will have some changes to make, but for now it is going to be my Day 13 painting…
12″ x 16 ” gallery wrapped canvas
1804 Coffee roasts beans from Haiti out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They are dedicated to helping the people of Haiti get back on their feet by producing coffee beans. Did you know at one time Haiti produced 50% of the coffee sold in the world? Their website has a lot of wonderful photos and information about this project. And you can support these farmers by buying their coffee. And it tastes wonderful!!!
Here’s another experiment… Have you heard of the Fibonacci spiral, or the Golden spiral? I just happen to follow the Pic Monkey blog and the most recent post was The Golden Ratio : What You Need to Know to Make a Great Photo.
And what do I find while reading this article, but several ways of looking at your canvas differently than the rule of thirds.
So here is the golden spiral…
I used this spiral today to paint this scene taken at Manarola, Italy…
8″ x 10″ oil on linen
I have some more work to do on this painting, but can you tell what is in the center of the spiral? Did your eye go there first? Am I getting this right???