Although I haven't shared much in the art line of late, it hasn't been a summer devoid of creativity. It seems that the season has been a little topsy turvy in a lot of ways, between Rick's stuff, a trip back home for me, cousin visits -- all good (well, not Rick's stuff!) but meaning less time at the art table. But I do have a few things to share, starting with my cousin Bonnie's birthday gift!Bonnie loves her dogs. Herbie was a good friend to their family for many years and I had loads of photos to work with for him!
Penny is a toughie, being so dark, but I was pretty happy with how she turned out.
And Petey is the newest family member. I only had one photo to work with for him and I'm not thrilled with this -- I can't figure out why. But Bonnie and David liked it, so I was happy!
The photo below inspired my is my favorite piece. I had a photo from years ago when both Kevin and Greg were young -- maybe 10 and 12, if that. They came to the lake and went fishing on the beach and neighbor's dock. I photographed them at sunset.
And finally, I felt ready to paint this one. My sky has a bit more pink but I'm pleased.
Most of my other work has been playing around with card designs for my annual sale and Christmas card commissions. It's easier if I can offer up several possible designs. None of these are without flaw but close and can be customed. I liked the gnome best. Colors could vary but I think I like the red and green best.
The wreath is fun and the bow could be different colors on this one, too, which might also change the background color.
This one makes me smile. I can't resist a snowman. I could offer that with either a darker sky and snowflakes or a daytime sky and varied colored scarf.
This little rose has already been sold but I may do a series in a variety of colors and shades.
You might remember the larger version of this from my Watercolor Workshop session. I don't like this version quite as well but I think it has good card potential.
I leave you with a look at the view from the window of the hospital room where I waited for Rick to come out of surgery. It's not close to capturing it and looks pretty amateurish. But it is a wonderful memory of a place of rest and peace on an otherwise exhausting and worrying day.
There are more paintings to come! Summer is short!