Sunday, February 19, 2012

Last Light in the Palouse

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

This is another landscape painting of the Palouse before sunset. I put three dark silhouettes on the right to suggest cattle in the field.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sheep & Red Barn

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

This is a painting of  red barn with sheep. Lately, I've been working on the studies of landscapes and animals of the Palouse region of the Northwest for my upcoming show. My long-term goal is to create my own compositions from the studies and what I see in the scene. For this piece, I simplified the landscape, such as windows and fences, and added sheep which I saw around there. Painting such bright red elements, and still trying to make a cohesive body of work is a major challenge for me, but I enjoy it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Winter Sheep

Sheep painting from the Palouse, oil on canvas on panel, 6" x 6" -- SOLD

When Peter and I were driving through the Palouse, in eastern Washington, we saw some sheep by the road. I've seen sheep many times in the warm seasons. But I didn't realize that I didn't know much about sheep in the winter coat, like this one. So fluffy, to say the least. I love how they look. The classic look of winter sheep.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Shadow of Steptoe Butte

Oil on canvas on panel, 6" x 6" --  Click to bid

Today, Peter and I drove to Steptoe Butte for the fun of it, and of course to take more reference photos for my painting projects. I've painted en plein aire here before, but it was just too freezing to do it this time of the year. Steptoe Butte is about an hour north of Pullman. It's a lonely, pointy mountain made of hard rock, in the middle of rolling hills. It's also a flying site for hang gliding and paragliding, We drove up all the way to the top through some snow in the shades, and saw the enormous shadow of this mountain where we were standing. It was so breathtaking that I just had to paint it.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Shadow in the Wheat Field

Oil on canvas on panel, 6" x 6" -- Click Here to Bid

Today, Peter and I drove from Pullman, WA, to Moscow, ID, for shopping. It's only seven or eight miles if we drive directly, but we took a detour through the town of Palouse on the way back, to enjoy a scenic drive through the wheat fields, and to take some reference photos for my painting projects. While Peter was driving, I saw the shadow of our truck on the wheat field, constantly changing its shape and size, moving toward and away from us. I was very fascinated by it, and decided to make a painting of it. It was a fun little date.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Passing by a Historic Building

Oil on canvas on panel, 6" x 6"

This is based on a photo I took in downtown Pullman, WA this morning. I like the juxtaposition of the yellow modern car and a historic building.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Driving through Wheatland

Oil on canvas on panel, 6" x 6" -- Click here to bid

This is a typical landscape around Pullman, WA. I drove for three hours from Ellensburg to Pullman to come visit my husband last Friday. He studies and teaches Economics at WSU. Having my ground transportation makes this possible. Now I have someone looking after our pet chickens and sparrow at home, and I feel more at ease taking a road trip like this once a month. I thought painting snow on the hills would be more appropriate first, but I changed snow to golden wheat field. The color expresses my feeling better.