Saturday, August 23, 2014

Horse in front of White Mountain Peak

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- SOLD

I painted this in Bishop, CA, earlier. The horse was not staying still for me to finish painting. But I tried anyway. Fortunately I had a camera with me, and took several reference photos before the horse disappeared. So I touched it up after I got back from the trip.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Horses at the Riders Club

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- SOLD

There are a study of the horses I painted at the riders club in Roslyn, WA. Then, I made horses more three dimensional in the studio, while softening or losing some edges. I like the light and shadow in this scene.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

White Cabin by the Pond

Oil on canvas on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- SOLD

This is a piece I painted at the Sunnyside Park in Pullman, WA, before, then touched up in the studio today. The sun was getting low, casting long shadows on the rolling hills. I simplified the light patterns and shadow patterns in my composition, as it was already busy with a lot of stuff going on in the scene.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunflowers No. 3

Oil on hardboard, 7 x 5 inches -- SOLD

I painted this outside of my home studio fisrt, then touched it in the studio. I was intrigued by the subtle variation of the light and shadows around the flowers.I paid more attention to the edges in this. I love the red accents  here and there in the green-ish scene.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Laptop Rooster

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 in.-- Click here to bid

This is our Welsummer rooster, Leo. We got him along with two other female chicks a couple of years ago from a hatchery when they were a-day old. Whenever I pick him up and put my lap, he likes to stretch his neck, draping down on my lap, and just relax with his eyes closed. My sweet rooster, thus the title. This painting is based on a photo I took when he was just a few month old. Leo's face was still yellowish at that stage, and it turned more red as he matured. I used orange and it's complementary blue, plus red-orange and yellow-orange.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Kiki in the Nesting Box

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click here to bid

It's been so hot these days that many of our hens seem to be taking summer break from laying eggs. Kiki and a few others are the only hens who are laying eggs regularly. This painting is based on a photo I took while Kiki was resting in the nesting box. Kiki is a Barred Rock chicken with black and white stripes. But I modified her color and made nice contrast with the golden straw.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Nikki Looking Back

6 x 6 in, oil on linen on panel -- Click here to bid

Nikki is a Rhode Island Red Hen, and one of our pet chickens. She has a gorgeous comb. She shows so many different expressions, and I want to feature them in my paintings.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Glow in the Old Cabin

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click here to buy

I did a make-over of the painting I did as plein air (on site) in Bishop, CA, last fall . I enhanced the value contrast of the roof and wall in the foreground, as well as the contrast of the tree on the right. I also lightened up the part of building and grass field in the shade with cooler colors. Then I darkened the door opening on the left. I think these changes shifted visual emphasis more to the right, and the composition more interesting. Below is the old version.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pond in the Sierras

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click here to buy

I saw this fishing pond on the way to the South Lake near Bishop, CA. I was drawn to the contrast of bright yellow-green patches and the blue patches of the mountains in the background and the sky. All the colors were dancing in the pond as reflections.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

White Barns with Green Roofs

Oil on canvas on panel, 6 x 6 in. -- SOLD

The red trims of the barns were a little bit of challenge, but I thought they needed to be there. I painted the red trims, then I went over it with the white walls and roofs, instead of drawing thin lines of red on the top. The method allowed me to keep the crisp look of red trimming.