In 2007, I began blogging. It is exciting to create consistently, sell my work around the world, and meet wonderful friends! I paint, teach, write, am a lover of nature, family and friends. This is where I post my latest studio work with comments about my process, tips about my techniques, and my thoughts on how faith, art, and life converge. Book mark me and visit again soon!
Friday, October 12, 2007
After the Bloom.
After the Bloom, 5 x 7 Oil on Canvas
It is fall in Northern Illinois. The leaves are falling - but not so much fall color this season as in previous years. And the crab apple trees, which are clouds of bloom in the spring, are now showing their small berry-sized fruit. This was a challenging painting, more so than I'd expected, because of the curling leaves which are already speckled with brown. It was challenging for another reason, I discovered.... I painted differently than I usually do. Instead of a close up investigation of my subject, this was much smaller. The details (which I enjoy seeing and painting) are all very subdued or perhaps not even visible. So, in some ways, I struggled through this one. Also, the background and what to do with it was a little challenging too... so - all in all - this one didn't "fall together" quite so easily. I like the overall effect, but there are parts that seem in need of more to me. Well, let me know what you think. I may not be done with my work on this one!