Amber Light

"Amber Light"
10" x 8"
Oil on canvas panel 
The amber light that billowed behind the trees, filled my heart with a feverish glee.  Gone was the desolate, dismal, dreary. Joy was back! 

I painted this canvas with a mixture of raw umber, cad orange and Indian yellow then wiped until trees appeared. Yes, I brushed in a few branches, but mostly I wiped away the ... gloom.

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Pink Jolie

"Pink Jolie
"18" x 18" 
Oil on wrapped canvas
When an act of kindness touches one's life it seems appropriate to acknowledge it in the sincerest way possible.  The photo for this hot pink zinnia was "loaned" to me by a new friend.  "Jolie" is French for pretty, not joy as I reported earlier. Pink Joie will run at another time!    

I'm thrilled to be painting large format images where I can use my sponges to apply glazes of color. This process also brings me joy... for making it "pretty."

Thank you ... i'll stick to English. 

At the Heart of the Matter

"At the Heart of the Matter"
6" x 6"
Oil on hardboard
There are nights when everything simply tumbles into place and brushstrokes land where they should. It could have been the passionate music playing over my shoulder, stimulating the emotions. Or perhaps it was the aroma of almond cake baking in the oven. Whatever it was that happened, this pink peony landed on my board with no more effort than it takes to slip into my Birkenstocks.  

I'm toning my canvas consistently every time I paint now.  I never knew the value of it until recently.  Having come from a watercolor background where white is so highly prized, it seemed a shame to obliterate a perfectly good white canvas. My discovery is that it's a lot harder to paint a low key painting on white.  Burnt umber seems to LIKE to be covered in deep, luscious color.  I thank my Muse for tending to me with such loving care.

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