I shared the artwork I recently completed the other day, but now it is installed on my newly refinished Entry Hall Wall. I painted the wall orange, after taking down all the boards. When they were once again installed, I did a wash of the wall color in the rest of the house, diluted down with water. The effect worked well, so now the wall is soft, you can see peeks of orange coming through and the new painting likes its new home.
The nice thing about painting is that you can paint at any age. You can change your style, and reinvent what you like. As a senior, you still have lots and lots of creative energy. I now smile when I walk in the front door, as I like the simplicity of the painting with complexity of the brushstrokes.
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I took the day to spend in my Art Studio and redid a painting I did last year. Purple was my favorite color for many years and I always put it in paintings. I took the purple out of this one, replaced it with my new neutral – Gray. I defined the flowers a little more with oil crayons and feel the result is much more successful. It really seems to pop!
While I was in the studio, I wanted to paint something new for my entry, as I had repainted the wall and redid the wood. Originally it was fence wood, unpainted with purple on the wall. The new look is shown below, so I think my new painting will be perfect. I had one I was going to use that I was showing at Interiors of Edmonds, but when I called to pick it up for a photo shoot, I found out it had been sold.
So I think this new 30″ x 40″ will work well.
Sometimes knowing you have something coming gets the creativity flowing. Our beach home is going to be featured in West Sound Home and Garden magazine this summer, so I wanted something fun to be on the entry wall. By jove, I think I got it.
Walking into Kingston today with best friends from San Diego we passed the trailer that inspired this painting. The photo was taken at 11 PM in December. I was mazed how many people were out and about at that time of night in Kingston in December.
My friend mentioned that she had never visited Seattle when it did not rain. It was warm and sunny until about 30 minutes later, when after a Latte we started our walk home, where we witnessed lightning, heard thunder and were drenched on the way home.
Be careful what you say in Washington….
Wish I could say I sat there and painted this, but someone in my painting group shared the photo and I thought it was lovely. Four of us painted the scene, each with a different result. It is 14 x 16 and available today for $450
Raising three sons by myself was always an adventure. Now they are grown and they sometimes share their adventures with me. My oldest son Chadwyck Wirtz has taken to photography and recently sent me several photos that will translate beautifully into paintings. Look to find paintings from these in the future.
This time of year having friends to share the garden is such a joy! Last we enjoyed the beautiful evening with good friends.
The painting is just 5 x 7 and done in about 30 minutes. Not my favorite, but learning to work in different harmonies is important to grow your art.
The other day for a class I painted a bell pepper. It looked so lonely in the studio, I painted this 5 x 7 abstract apple to keep it company. Just like people, sometimes a piece of art looks all alone.
Sometimes nature is more beautiful than a painting
This photo from Facebook gives you a very different view of color.