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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Today’s painting, I took inspiration from all the snow falling up on our hillside. I enjoy watching the snow fall and cover the ground. We take hikes into the forests behind our house and are treated to some amazing views of the valley. It looks quite majestic at times. I included a lantern to aid the travelers in with their direction.
I added an extra challenge today by painting on the textured side of my masonite board. It added extra grit and gave it a canvas feel.
Continuing on with no white or local color, my composition took me out of the coast-scape and into landscapes. More specifically, I went further in into a forest scene. The forest scene was set with the element of a lantern from day 5. What a great way to light up your path into nature.
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 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.
You’ve seen me do this before. I had a conversation with my friend and fellow artist, Clare Carver, about a website that showcased daily painting. That got me thinking about how to focus on my art and thus a challenge was born. I’m joining her with her personal challenge of 1 painting a day for 30 days.
I’ll be switching from acrylics to oils every other day on this journey. Subject matters will vary and the mood will hopefully be the same – rich, vibrant and full of life. Here’s the first painting from last night.