Sunday, August 2, 2015

Algae Bloom

A couple of months ago there was an algae bloom off the coast of Santa Barbara that turned out water from it's normal blue to a brilliant Caribbean turquoise.  A friend saw a picture I posted and asked me to paint it for her.  I LOVE the way the painting turned out and so does my friend but the process was different than my normal process.  Follow along below...

It started with this photo taken from a cliff above the ocean.  See the original post and more photos here.

Before I started painting I covered the whole canvas with yellow ochre.  As a self taught artist I had never heard of starting a canvas with an all over color.  As much research and reading and video watching I have done on painting I'm surprised I had never heard of this, but the recent article I read insisted that starting with a color will make all the difference in the world.  Besides the depth created by some of the under color peaking through, painting on a colored ground is supposed to help your colors stay true.  Painting directly onto bright way may distort the way you choose your colors.

Filling in more color.

As this point I thought I was pretty close but the foreground was really bothering me.  I posted this picture online and immediately my brother started texting me about perspective and how he didn't like the foreground.  I've never gotten such instant feedback!  So back to work I went.

Adding more detail to the foreground.
Finished!  It didn't photograph as well as I had hoped.  It looks even better than this and my friend is happy!

Sunday Sketches

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A is for...

I'm at it again...trying to create my folk art alphabet.  I like this full version a lot.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Our vacation according to Instragram

Last month we had to be in Truckee for a lacrosse tournament so we rented a cabin on Donner Lake and stayed for a week.  I had never been to the Truckee or Lake Tahoe area before.  I fell in love with Donner Lake and Truckee.  We had a comfortable cabin right across the street for the lake.
It was heaven.

Here are the pictures I posted to Instagram.

Sutter's Mill on the American River
View from the passenger side window
Cool, California
The cabin had a great view of Donner Lake
Donner Lake
Gorgeous place for a tournament

Before the first game

Cooling off after a long day of lacrosse
I love Truckee


Wildflowers behind the cabin

Obi cried on the dock every time the kids went out to far

Wildflowers on our hike

Flora Lake

Azalea Lake

Beautiful trout


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Painting again!

Work in Progress


I was looking through my posts and found the "draft" that I never published.  Random pictures from our vacation last summer!  Better late than never!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

There's Something in the Water

It has only been a couple of weeks since a ruptured pipeline spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil along the Santa Barbara coast, so we are a little paranoid about our water. 
 Instead of oily black, the ocean has been a shocking shade of turquoise since yesterday.  
I have no idea why it's this colorful but it's spectacular.