Painting #17 takes me to San Francisco. I’m a big San Francisco Giants fan and with spring training in full swing, I wanted to paint a tribute piece to my favorite baseball team. What a great scene with the “Say Hey Kid” greeting fans to an evening game? The ballpark is beautiful any time of day and it’s majestic at night on a clear San Francisco summer evening.
I’d love to do another painting of this entrance, more in the style of the French Impressionist street scenes. I need a picture of wider angle heading towards the ballpark at the Willie Mays Gate. Anyone have a picture like that? Or want to send me a picture?
So Day 15 actually included a second still life painting. It was a challenge of painting white on white – picking out all the various tones of color on the white objects. This was an interesting challenge to glean the many hues of reflecting colors from the milk, eggs and salt. This was my first attempt with such a painting challenge and provided lots of growth in my color detection skills. It was a great challenge to end a day of painting.
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.
I’ve been creating these mountainscapes on three twelve inch boards as triptychs and this time I decided to paint them on one panel. I took a page from my friend, Hirofumi Glover, and created a border for all three paintings in the panel. What resulted was an amazing painting. I love that the mountains are much thicker than the borders, which makes the painting quite dimensional and textural.
Continuing with my still life paintings with oils. With for an intimate look into the bamboo plant with it’s little hanging bell. This was a striking image for me and I wanted to capture the moment, imagining who would ring such a bell.
Decided to work on a landscape for day 13, specifically the valley floor looking towards the Cascades. I love to see the many hills that create tantalizing layers of depth for the eyes. Sunny days in Oregon during winter make for breath-taking views of the valley.
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.
Mountainscape triptych have been gaining momentum. I find these fun to paint, especially since I live up on a hill that overlooks the valley. On clear days, views of the Cascades mountain range in the east and the Oregon Coast mountain range (which our hill is part) in the west. Mt. Rainier likes to showcase its beauty on some clear days. It’s amazing! With all that inspiration, these mountainscapes keep appearing.
These paintings are prepped and ready to hang on your wall.
Currently, this painting is being displayed at the 3rd Street Flats in McMinnville, Oregon as featured art for one of their rental units themed, “The Pearl”.