Revision #3 of my lighthouse painting for Jim, my brother-in-law, was a soothing project for this snowy, wintry day in Boston. Realizing I feel more fulfilled when I have an emotional attachment to my subject, I decided to pursue a true lighthouse rather than making one up.
I remembered visiting Highland Lighthouse in Truro at the tip of Cape Cod (near Provincetown) this summer. The beach is gorgeous and the lighthouse memorable. Now Jim will have a real lighthouse to look at!
I have a favorite photo journalist/poet on WordPress. It’s Seedbud! The other night when I discovered this photo, Reverance, on http://leafandtwig.wordpress.com, I asked permission of Seedbud to paint the photo.Those of you who follow my blog know how much I love hydrangeas. I could not resist.
Go to the link and you can check out the original photo.
Thank you Seedbud for allowing me to paint your original photograph.
So my cousin Joanne, who lives in Long Island, also has a brilliant red Cardinal that frequently visits her back yard. We decided, Joanne & I, that it is the same Cardinal that visits between our homes in Long Island and Boston. Of course, we made this up. But we have a good time believing this. I am going to visit with Joanne and her family in the next few weeks. This painting is a present for her. Right now I am looking out of my kitchen window and I see the woods but Mr. Cardinal must be in Long Island!
Inspired by my art teacher, Julie, I decided to try the lighthouse in another venue. Although I like the more natural environment I miss the sparkling ocean water which in my mind is off to the left. This will be cause for a third attempt which combines ocean water, a lighthouse, and rocks. I also prefer the more traditional little lighthouse building structure than the sea shanty.
Any tips on painting rocks? Feel free to offer suggestions.
Cape Cod has many beautiful lighthouses, as does the rest of New England. This painting is for my brother-in-law, Jim. He’s retiring in January after a wonderful career as a pediatrician. Linda, if you see this, don’t tell Jim I have this present for him.
Jim, may you dream a thousand dreams while enjoying this lighthouse painting.
December 12, 2013
Tagged Cape Cod, lighthouses, nature, ocean, rocks, sky, water, Watercolor, watercolor painting, watercolors
I am continuing on with flower studies, although probably I should think about snowy landscapes outside my window in Boston. This is a blue glazed glass vase again filled with fresh flowers. The shadows got a bit mushed, but fun to share anyway.
December 11, 2013
Tagged art, flowers, glass, marinas art studio, painting, still life, summer, vase, Watercolor, watercolor painting, watercolors
The colder the weather gets the more color I need surrounding me. I feel better when there are flowers near by, I have bright color clothing available, and I remember to apply some light makeup. Winter can be gorgeous but winter can be grey.