So I was very bummed out about my ugly landscape I did the day before. I needed a pick me up. So here it is. An easy big cat. Funny how some things are easy to paint for some people and others struggle with. Landscape should be easy. Most artist can do them. I find a face way easier to paint then a tree.
When I fail at something I had set my heart on accomplishing, I feel like I'm only as good as this last painting I just did. So I HAVE to prove myself wrong. I have to paint my *** off to prove it!
So my family ate late last night and did not have the clean sheets to sleep in that I had planned on giving them. But they got a happier mama and wife!
(Reference picture from Gary Jones. Used with permission :) )
This is the biggest I have done in a long time. I did it for a contest that I planned to enter. We had to paint "water" I thought this was clever. The water is in the tank and there is also water used for making the electricity in the wires. I didn't enter it after all... I got lazy and missed the deadline to send my inscription. Oh well! Maybe next year!
Here's the picture I drove all the way downtown Montreal to take.
This is the most daring in my painting that I have been. I know nudes are part of a lot of artist repertoire but I was always hesitant to make any. It's not exactly a nude right? It's the best I can do to start with. Anyways, I find a girl in underwear much sexier.
Today, on the DPW challenge, we had to paint tools. I figured I would "Valentine" it a bit and make it romantic. If I was to paint tools on this day it was for sure going to have some sort of frills.
Ok there was no "Hurricane-a-comin" but it was not the most beautiful day in Florida New Smyrna Beach that day. It was perfect for this week's challenge though! John Constable probably would have loved the option "burst color" on our computer to make the sky more dramatic then it really is. We have it easy! I have included both pictures, the original and the one I used.
Thanks to my friend Glenn Mallen for letting me use this picture as a reference! We used to have a summer home on this lake too. Now we go about once a year but never early enough in the day to be on the lake when the lake is this calm.
I LOVE peonies. Love love love them. But they are a mystery to my painting eye. I attempt to paint them about once a year… that's the time it takes for me to forget how hard it is. So today I bought a bunch of them at Michael's. I am pleasantly surprised with the result. I wiped it off twice. All the different shades of pinks! I only realized my painting was pretty when I was done and the picture was taken. So I hope you enjoy them because you might not see them in my gallery until next year ;)
Here's my reference photo (taken in my closet, in the dark with a flashlight shining through my sunglasses to give it an orange glow) Hey, whatever works!