There is a high-point hill at the orchard, where kids can slide on burlap bags during the pumpkin festival; to the side is the corn maze which looked like fun too. We met there to paint, but I liked the look at the bottom of the hill, where the barn was just peeking over the hillside. Another finish up painting, but I'm pleased to offer it. Thanks for looking.
I'm so glad I pulled this one out of the trash painting pile (sitting in our little foyer ready to go to the dumpster). I was hesitating about it, and decided to toss it, then hmm, changed my mind. I added the path, opened up the sky, added more background, and voila! a painting I really like now. Thanks for looking.
This one was painted in my friend Barb's studio, clipped from her neighbor's bush. It has an overall more "warm" tone than the one from yesterday, probably because it was painted indoors. I'm pricing the smaller "finish-up" paintings at $30.00 because they are part of the learning group. Thanks for looking.
They say you should go plein air painting in pairs, at least, but for this one I went alone, and while I was there, I surprised some deer in the abandoned barn. I think they scared me more than I scared them, and I found out they make a huffing sound up close. Another finish-up painting. Thanks for looking.
When they say not to paint in direct and brilliant sunlight, it's advice to be heeded. I painted this one in the full sun, it's a gorgeous bush, with blues, pinks and lavenders all in the same bush. The neighbor lady was tickled that I was painting in front of her place, she kept coming out to check on progress. The colors, however, were way too bright in all that sunshine. So today I sat down and finished it up, softened the colors, and am pleased with it, all in all. Thanks for looking.
A little still life study that originally had two big mangos in the foreground, which didn't really sit well with the blues and greens. I painted them out, pulled out one of the stems and popped it in place of the mangos. Much better now. I like how brilliant the left side blues look against a dark background. Thanks for looking.
Red Field at Butler's
12" x 16"
Oil on Canvasboard
A finish again today, three in fact. I was attracted to the "grace" of this hillside, but didn't finish it the day we were painting out in the fields. Now it is! Thanks for looking.
While it's snowing out, this was a pleasant painting to finish up. I had started it last summer and never finished it. It's from the same photo as the smaller version, minus the ducks. I was concentrating on trying to show the shallow water at the edge of the lake, and how you can see the silty bottom through the water. It's a larger painting than usual, and on stretched canvas. Doesn't it feel tranquil? Thanks for looking.
There's something about abandoned houses...who lived there, what does the inside look like, what's in there anyway, what if that old house could talk, what stories would it tell? This one is pretty textured and loose. Thanks for looking.
Welcome to my daily painting blog. Here I'll post my efforts to paint one small painting a day, with a little wiggle room by saying five per week. I work primarily in oils these days, but also love my watercolors. I hope you enjoy my work, and as always, your comments are welcome.
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And so it has taken me all of sixty years to understand that water is the finest drink, and bread the most delicious food, and that art is worthless unless it plants a measure of splendor in people's hearts. ~ Taha Muhammad Ali ~
"I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”--Claude Monet
All of the paintings here are available for purchase plus packaging and shipping, except those marked "sold" in the title and description. Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis. For information, email me at NelVanL@aol.com Thanks for your interest.