A nostalgic mountain stares at the tree.
A tree peers into the distant mountain.
Above, the moon dances and shimmers.
This is a painting from last fall. I really like the simplicity of the composition. It spawned many other paintings for me, focusing on structure and how each entity interacts with another. It’s so nostalgic, a feeling of timelessness.
Two Red Cranes at Play
Underneath the Red Lit Sky
Shine Brightly Tonight
UPDATE (2012-04-12): Renaming this painting to “Love Cranes Playing”. Thought it was more fitting and it’s a play on “love birds.” They really are having lots of fun!
The red cranes continue to inspire for painting number twenty-four. I had originally painted the backdrop with this wonderful dark blue textured background and it found home to this composition. I love the cranes and their expressions. Two good friends enjoying their time.
When it comes to still life paintings and pulling out amazing vibrant colors from the subject, Clare Carver is phenomenal. I had the pleasure of painting with her today and was that ever a gift for me. I brought in my Buddha and she brought over her tiny red box, a Japanese toothpick container, to create our still life subjects. We gave each other an opportunity to paint subject matters that we both found challenging. Talking art and painting resulted in a fun and expressive little red box & Buddha.
Decided on painting a still life for today’s painting. I actually set up the objects and had a go with the canvas and paint brushes. There were lots of nuances to the glowing colors & textures from the tea pot. It was a great challenge. I especially enjoyed painting the bamboo in the pot.
Today’s time lapse brought to you by Katula Teas. Not really, however I do enjoy her teas and brewed it afterward. She’s a friend of ours and Kate blends all her teas.
Sun was shining on this day and the treetops melting off the snow from the previous night’s snow storm. It was a beautiful site of the rising sun at midday and the mist glowing over the mountain range far ahead. That was day 11’s inspiration. Along with a shadowy figure enjoying the sunshine and brisk air possibly doing Kempo forms or a nice, good stretch.
So much snow was falling on our hilltop today. I had to create another snow scene with the snow-covered trees and my Buddha statue in the foreground. I loved how the sun was glowing from behind the statue and creating amazing shadows on the statue.
Here’s my time lapse video. You can see that I made a change to the painting towards the end. Let me know your thoughts on the process and change. I’m happy with the result.
Flutter is one of four in an exploration of the zen of life through nature on 3″x3″ basswood. Humming birds have been present in many paintings. Here the little bird flutters beyond the grasp of roses to enjoy his abundance. Roses surround the little bird all for its enjoyment and nourishment.
Moon Blessings is a four part exploration of the zen of life through nature on 3″x3″ basswood. This is a take-off from the painting A Thousand Blessings. Here the moon illuminates the lotus blossoms and creates the radiant feedback from the glow. It asks the question “to whom is the receiver and the giver?”
Twist of Zen is in the series of 6×6 acrylic paintings, exploring the zen of life through nature. This painting is the same tree in Burst of Sunshine from a different perspective. Here the mountain-scape adds as backdrop and sets the mood for the brightly lit sky. The mountain is depicted far and away giving the tree a tall & confident appearance. Here the tree is the central focus and showcases its twisted bark as it endeavors to grow ever taller.