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.
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.
Day 5 of the Thirty day art challenge. My friend Clare, who is also taking on the challenge, suggested I play with not using white or the local color of the subject for this day. That created great room for exploration as I use white often to create my various tones. This exercise challenged me focus on effectively using warm & cool colors to create my paintings. This was fun and I can definitely grow further.
I used cool colors to depict the lantern overlooking the shrine gate and warm colors contrasting the sky and water. The end result is a fun and moody skyscape.
Day 4 of the 30 day art challenge brings some laughter to the still life painting. I put my laughing Buddha statue atop the saddle of the horse statue from day 2. It was a great composition that just made me smile and laugh.
Day 3 of the 30 day art challenge, I wanted to explore the color hues of yellow and red. I like using the Itsukushima Shrine as my subject matter – painting from another perspective with more vibrancy and elevating the mood with the reds.