Sunday, May 19, 2013

Paint Your Bed

I don't exactly know why, oh, maybe I do, but I love this photograph. This weeks DPW challenge was to paint your bed. You could choose the photo posted by Carol Marine, taken in a convent.

I know at different times in my life, I have wondered, even envied the imagined solitude that life in a convent would possibly bring.

I can imagine a day of solitude and reading in my fantasy get away.

What's your story?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Shades Beach Part 2

Watercolor version of Shades Beach. This was painted for the Different Ways Challenge on DPW. Same subject painted in watercolor, last on acrylic on canvas panel.

Painted on a 6 x 8 mixed media paper.

Shades Beach

I love the beach on a hot, windy, partly cloudy day. The effect of the sun shining on the water, with cold currents and clouds adding just the right shadows on the water, is a blast of the most amazing colors. It can make a northern lake, look almost tropical. This painting was done in acrylic paint on an 8 x 10 inch canvas panel.

The location and inspiration for this painting was from a photo taken at Shades Beach, a lovely little spot on Lake Erie in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania. The parking lot leads to a very steep paved road to the beach and pier. The cliffs around this beach add a unique perspective to this hidden treasure. I love walking this park.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Simply Tulips

Using the warm/cool challenge again, I painted my warm yellow tulip against a blue background. I subscribe on my personal Facebook page to I Require Art. A very inspirational daily look at masterpieces with brief notations. Last week showcased a painting by Andre Derain, a French artist, in 1905 painted The Wild Beasts. The water and boats were mosaic like with the most vivid colors, he used the warm and cool technique, the results were incredible. I try to apply it to my last two paintings, with very different results than my usual. I can't wait to try it out on the Big Lake.

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Warm and cool challenge this week on Daily Paintworks. My yellow tulips are having a great run this season. I was looking for a reason to paint them again. Painted in acrylic on an 8 x 10 canvas panel.