It has been a while since I have posted, but not for lack of activity on my part. I've been busy this past year with lots of experiments in my art, lots of travel for inspiration, and lots and lots of painting. I've been doing a lot of quick updates using Instagram since it is quicker than a blog update. If you would like to follow me on Instragram, you will see my works in progress and some of my experimental art. Here is where you can follow me: https://www.instagram.com/smallimpressions/
I've also taken on quite an obsession with painting clouds recently. If you visit my Facebook Art Page here
, you can view a video of some of them.
Here is one of my favorites which I listed today in my Etsy Shop
14x14 Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas
8x10 inches each
Trees have my attention these days. Color, light, and texture all help to convey the quirky personalities of each. They have funny twisting shapes, branches that sprout haphazardly from their trunks, and a vast depth of color and texture.
River Park Tree
Oil on Canvas
The hardest part about painting in the winter season of the Northwest is that it takes forever for oil paint to dry. The moisture in the atmosphere prolongs the process and then I run out of places to store the paintings while they dry.
Oil on Canvas
The past few months I've spent a lot of time focusing on how to paint clouds, the shapes, the colors, the way they travel across the landscape. I painted quite a few little paintings and felt happy about the outcomes. You can see some of them in my Etsy Shop
. When I finally tired of painting clouds, I decided to focus on seascapes, a subject I had not spent a lot of time with in spite of the fact that I live near the coast. My mother was a seascape painter and I always felt she did a wonderful job, but I was a bit intimidated with the idea of following in her footsteps. Then I tried a few little ones.
Oil on Canvas
What I learned was that painting splashes is not unlike painting clouds. Logically I should know this, after all, clouds are made of water. So recently I've been experimenting with some little seascape paintings. So much fun. A couple of them have found their way to my Etsy Shop
, others are still sitting on my drying rack and will eventually join the one above. Lesson learned: look for similarities, not just differences.
6x6 Oil on Canvas
So excited about an interview I had recently with Monica from The Earning Artist
. We talked about my experiences selling art and my Etsy shop Small Impressions
. You can read the article here
I'm also excited about a series of paintings I created after a recent trip to Montana. I definitely recommend visiting Montana in September. It is gorgeous with beautiful weather and amazing scenery. Most of the trip was spent in the Bitterroot Valley just south of Missoula. If you go, take a bicycle, ride the Bitterroot trail, take your sketchbook and a camera. The experience has provided me with subjects that will last for months.
On the road almost all summer visiting wonderful places around the Northwest, I kept painting even though I neglected posting. Now that September is here, I will share some of my adventures and plan to be more consistent with my blog posts.
First of all, I've quit trying to travel with oil paints. At least for now. I decided I needed something with a quick setup and clean up. Oil paints can be messy and challenging to transport. Instead, I take lots of photos for when I return home and can take my time and paint in my studio.
In spite of the trouble with oils, I haven't quit painting on the road. Instead I've shifted to using gouache paints. They are a water media that dries quickly like watercolor paints. The setup and cleanup feels more efficient than oils. Unlike traditional watercolors, however, gouache is opaque. I can layer and apply in a manner more like oil paints and I like that they dry to a nice matte finish.
Now that fall has returned, I plan to be more consistent with my blog posts. I'm pretty good with my instagram posts
and I list items almost daily in my Etsy Shop
. You can see more of my gouache work and my oil paintings there.
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