Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring Meadow – The Painting


What drew me to this scene was the strong blue color of the tree range in the background, contrasted to the yellow and bright green strip of meadow in front of it.

I went back to the scene 2 days later, and all the trees had filled in during that short interval. It’s amazing how quickly things change.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Meadow


What a great way to start the day. A sunny meadow, the birds are singing, the light is beautiful (well, there is the pollen, which can be annoying, BUT it seems to contribute to the lovely light).

This little scene was painted at the Hays Nature Preserve. The park has been expanded, with a bridge going over the Flint River to this meadow. I’ll have to explore that area some more……..

Friday, April 9, 2010

Beginnings of ‘The First Green’


I think I’ve come up with a title, ‘The First Green.’ While I was on location, I noticed new fern sprouting, flowers starting to bloom, and the new plants had this lovely warm yellowish green one only sees in early spring.

I’ve laid in some light warm washes, and added some darks to show me where I need to go. The painting, though, is starting to take over, and I need to follow. Let’s hope we both want to go in the same direction…..

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The First Greens


It’s spring time, and the newly emerging flowers and plants just invite a stroll through the woods. So I packed my paintings stuff, and fortified with antihistamines and such, I went to my favorite spot. This is the small sketch that resulted from the plein air painting venture.

I’ve started a larger piece from this, and so far have not loused it up……