Sunday, November 28, 2010

Oranges in a Glass Bowl

This is the painting that I did last week when I went to Marina's place. We had only a short time as usual and had lots to share. She told me all about her painting experiences with Ian Roberts in South Carolina and the good times they had. We look forward to lots of painting this winter and maybe even some more pleine aire if we get some days that are not to cold.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

White Pines

This is the last of the plein aire oil sketches that I painted during our "Indian Summer" last week. I have not been able to get to my blog for a while but I did manage to paint last week with my friend Marina. I have to photograph the still life that we did together and post it. The above piece has some glare on the left side so I will try to correct that also.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Track into the Woods

A few hundred feet from our house is a beautiful property that runs into the bush. It used to be part of a farm and someone still cuts hay from the fields, which is great for me because it provides easy access to some great painting places. I painted this last week during our wonderful "Indian Summer". It was cold out when I did this sketch but I had such a great time because the fall grasses were so beautiful and the late afternoon November light is so fine for painting.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Close to Home

Last week when my husband, Phil, was up on the roof doing some repairs I was below on the lawn being the "ground man/gofer". I knew Phil was going to be quite a while up on the roof so I set up in the front yard looking in to the bush for this view of some of our trees. It was a great day, I enjoyed painting and Phil did a great job on the roof repairs.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Late Afternoon

This is another small panel painted the same day as the previous piece, later in the afternoon, finished just as the sun was dropping below the tree line. The sky was a warm, mellow, yellow-green and I really loved the shapes of the trees against the backdrop of the sky. It was unbelievable how cold it got in just a few minutes after the sun set.

Twin Tamaracks

I was able to get out and paint quite a few times in the past week and a half. The November light is really fantastic and the colours are so subtle and interesting. I love all the shades of the grasses and tree branches which are not so visible when they are covered with leaves. Because it was pretty cold some of the days when I was out I used smaller panels which work up a lot faster than the 8 x 10's that I used most of the summer.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Green Roof

A quick little sketch on a piece of pink matboard I did as a study for a larger painting "Sumachs". Another in the ongoing series of paintings done on the abandoned farm down the road from our house.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Farm Building in November

This year summer change to autumn overnight, one day it was hot and the next it was cold without too much moderate weather in between. All of the buildings on this abandoned farm property have the most beautiful weathered green steel/tin roofs, which I love to paint against the constantly changing seasons. I hope to go out again this week to paint on the farm if it is not to cold and the sun shines for a bit.