I have always said that I wouldn't paint sunsets because photographs can capture their beauty and paintings can look so trite. However, I began to look at sunsets differently- especially the more raucous ones with clouds and lots of movement. I saw where lively brushwork could create an interpretation that would not be trite and perhaps would capture the sensation of nature's fireworks in the sky. This is the first of what may become a series.
I will be out of town for the coming week, so will not be posting. I hope to have lots of ideas and time to paint when I return!
A couple nights ago the moon was marvelously orange and reflected in the water. I did not see a crow there at the time, but thought that he would complete the scene. I also liked the "tie-in" of the little yellow orb of his eye with the big orb of the moon.
Lee was a semi-distant relative, but close friend of my husband's (I loved him too). He was a quiet and unassuming man who had an interesting background as a cowboy and steel worker. He succumbed to cancer recently, leaving his devoted wife behind. I painted this for her.
This is a companion piece I painted to go with the "Waiting and Waiting" I posted last week. I was attracted to the way the waiter's apron moved as he walked, and I made up the rest of the scene around him.
This is another of my Santa Rita mountain series. For those of you who may be interested in some of my older work at bargain prices, I have recently started posting some larger (16x20 for now) paintings on Daily Paintworks auction site with ridiculously low starting bids. I have been painting a lot lately, and changed out some of my work at the galleries, leaving me with a storage problem. I'd love to see some of these pieces go to good homes instead of my basement storage rack.