“Humming birds and Morning Glorys” Oil on gallery wrap canvas 8″by 8″ $75.00

This painting is in oil on gallery wrap and still wet so it tends to reflect back into the camera, It looks better then this (really).   I guess I’ll have to wait till the paint dries and re post it.

I like painting birds and I love these small little hummers, especially when they visit my Heavenly Blue Morning Glories,

I have painted so many hummingbirds over the years. Now, I find myself painting them a little different each time.  I guess in hopes of giving them some individuality.

Koi pond

koi

8 by 12 watercolor  $80.00

This is painted on gessoed masonite  & it has been sprayed with a fixative so it can be framed without glass.   I have spent a lot of time lately looking at ponds and I guess it was just a matter of time before I painted a pond.  With any good pond there has to be fish so I painted a few Koi to splash around.

I’ve had lots of fun painting the Monet series lately but I have to admit it…. one of the paintings didn’t quite turn out as well as I would have wanted.  Every one has a bad day at times and I’m not blaming my brother  BUT… I have told him numerous times “Don’t come over while I’m painting”  but  some folks including my relatives think painting for me is like eating…  They think it looks so easy and I paint so fast that I could do it in my sleep.  The think you can still paint well while having a conversation about something as insignificant or nutty as, say.. the problems of ebay or the election or even the compost heap.  You get the idea.   For me this is not true.

As an intuiative painter I have to be in my own space. but not wanting to be rude… I start in with the painting trying to get back to where I was before the compost heap became so important that he walked across the street to tell me about it.

 I’m standing at the easel looking down at my painting  trying to figure out where I was going next thinking it is almost done and as he talked and talked and talked, I kept mixing and mixing and mixing.  Now, anyone who paints knows this alone is a recipe for a major mud fest.  Even I knew when I was mixing it this can’t be good, but I kept trying, I painted and  mixed and painted and remixed, trying to make it work, while occasionally saying  ”  “right”  “Yeah?”  ” really ”  “Hm”.   The only color I was really getting of course was gray and no real values… so after he left, I took the painting outside to dry and this little painting must have had 1/2 inch of paint on it.  Three days later and I’m pretty sure it isn’t dry yet.  I should have scraped it off but I didn’t have the heart.

 

 

Monet in green – Tribute to Monet

7 by 10 $70.00 Acrylic on gessoed masonite.

 

No koi in these folks… sorry.

This is from the tribute to “Monet” pond series.  I’ve painted a blue one, a lavender and now a green one. I added a little brown to off set all that green. I think the contrast is nice.  Contrast is my favorite element of art.  I like opposites I guess.

  It was a beautiful day here in South Carolina, the lake was full of boaters.  I would venture to guess not nearly as many as in previous years, perhaps the high cost of gas is hurting some folks and they decided to just  have a cook out and bar be que some dogs or burgers out in the back yard.   I was invited to canoe down the Catawba River but decided to work in my yard. Usually I just have to put in a few days and its good all year.  So far Its coming along.   I’ll take some more photos of it so you can see how things are growing.   I fell asleep for a few minutes out on the back deck this afternoon.  The sound of water bubbling and the birds, it was really calm.  I repotted the plants I bought yesterday and fed all my plants.   My dogs thought it was too hot so I sent them in the house.  They love the good ole AC.  Who doesn’t!  I’m going to work on my larger project tonight its coming along too.  I’ll post it’s progress in about an hour.  I worked on it till 11 pm last night and would have worked on it longer but everyone wanted to go to bed.  

 

you can see my wip (work in progress) at http://h20color.wordpress.com