Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Pond, Nockamixon State Park,16x20 oil painting

The Pond, Nockamixon State Park, 16 x 20 oil painting

I had a few days in July to gather material for some new paintings. I spent one day at Nockamixon State Park, they have a small  pond in the one area of the park where I was able to sit at the picnic table and do a  5x7 sketch to help familiarize myself with the scene.

This cigar paintbox is very portable and great for when you want to do a few sketches even though you will be doing a lot of walking. The block of wood in the middle of the palette keeps the paints from smearing when the lid is shut. I have a t-nut on the bottom that attaches to a tripod when I want to use it that way.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Falls Twp. Park, Sunset

Lakeside Flowers, sunset, oil painting, 11x14

Maria and I went fishing at the lake in Falls Twp. Park. The lake is bordered by bushes and flowers with openings where you can stand and cast from the shoreline. We were walking back from a slow evening of fishing when I spotted this section lit up by the sun.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Caladiums in the Yard

8x10   oil over acrylic

This is a study of one of my wifes flower beds. I was getting dinner ready one evening and saw this flower bed lit by a shaft of light.  I  shut off the burners on the stove and went out and snapped some pictures. I learned from experience that when you have a chance to capture something do it before you lose it.
There is only a small window of opportunity to paint this flower bed  on location because the lighting is very short lived. The next two days had cloud cover during this time frame and the third day I wasn't able to be home. So I'm glad I took the pictures when I did.