Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

219 Sunbathing

Many years ago, my husband I visited San Francisco and at the time, everyone was so excited and baffled by the influx of sea lions who beached themselves at Pier 39 of Fisherman's Wharf.  We visited there again two years ago, and the sea lions are still there, basking in the sun, and now protected.  It's a very touristy attraction, but so much fun to observe these funny animals.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

217 Cumulus

No matter what adjustments I make, I can't get the colors to appear the way they do in the painting--lots of pretty blues and green-greys, and the white is much whiter.  Hopefully it won't look garish on your computer monitor.  I am continuing to work on clouds in preparation for a large painting.  They are so difficult for me, and I am hoping the larger format will be easier than the small.  Fingers crossed. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

212 Low Level

Clouds are much more complicated than one might think.  There are many websites devoted to the science of clouds.  They have always been a challenge to paint, but I am determined to learn more about them.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

205 Stay Away

While we were in Old Town Bluffton, we were drawn to this cute little fishing shack, built on an inclining bridge.  These folks made it very clear that they did not want visitors with their signs and numerous barriers.  Much as I tried, I could not get a head on photo of it. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

204 Come Sit For Awhile

One day during my recent trip to South Carolina, we visited Old Town Bluffton,  a charming little coastal town, where we watched the fishermen washing and "shoveling" the oysters, and snapping the heads off and sorting the day's catch of shrimp.  The town has several nice galleries and it was beneficial to see how local artists painted the marshes.  We visited the farmer's market and had an opportunity to paint on the grounds of the beautiful Church of the Cross overlooking the May River.  I painted a water scene including a dock (which was a real challenge) and the lovely delicate lavender/pink plume like flowers/grass. 

This particular Live Oak was a lesser known attraction, but the shape of it begged me to photograph it.  I loved the shadows and the Spanish moss, which I hope to someday figure out how to paint more effectively.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

203 Still

I love the tranquility of the marshes we visited in South Carolina.  In our group of 14 artists, there were at least a few self-proclaimed "marsh haters."  The more I paint them, the more I understand and love them. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

202 Stand Alone

The minute I saw this tree, I knew I had to paint it.  It was difficult to isolate it as it was a part of a clump of other less interesting trees that lined the beach of our rented home on Hilton Head.  I love the shape of it and I know I will have to paint it again.