painting: horse at the stream

harvest time 12″x12″

The colors are particularly vivid, the yellows contrasting against the dark purple. I think it looks like an autumn scene, though it could be any time of year. The golden light perhaps speaks to a dusty, long hot day. I used a reference photo shared by Gary Odell. 

12″x12″ oil on canvas. Available in my Etsy shop. ๐Ÿ™‚

painting: lily pond

Afloat 11″x14″

I think with Renoir painting lilies so singularly spectacular, it is intimidating to even try my hand at it. What could ever match his style?

I like lilies, however, so why not give it a go? I do wish a little bit I painted more like Renoir, but then, he already did that, didn’t he. Comparison can be the death of creativity. You do you, as they say.

I like the array of colors in the flower, it really spoke to me. I painted from a reference photo shared by Jane Ashley.

11″x14″ oil on cradled wood board. Available in my Etsy shop. ๐Ÿ™‚

painting: owl

Whoo’s That? 11″x14″

I love the owl’s gently amused expression. I kept the color palette simple to emphasize the contrast between the tree shadows and his lovely orange feathers. I painted from a reference photo graciously shared by Darlene Lussier. This one turned out lovely, and you would never guess the mental anguish I went through wondering if the colors were the correct choice, or if I was capturing the feathers, or the wood bark, effectively enough. A lot of times I push myself to labor through until the end, and am glad I did.

11″x14″ Oil on cradled wood board. Available in my Etsy shop. ๐Ÿ˜€