February has come to a close as March rolls in, with the anticipation that the threat of winter's harshest weather has ended. It was a lovely site to see just the same, as the tree limbs shimmered under the weight of snow and the evening sky glowed with a soft pastel color by the cold frosty air.
I enjoyed taking short walks on the snow packed sidewalks, taking photographs of the neighborhood gardens buried under a deep blanket of white. But it is also the best time of year for me to brew a hot cup of tea, pull out the sketchbook and sit down to draw and paint my indoor windowsill plants. This helps to improve my drawing skills before the upcoming springtime when the flowering trees and garden plants come alive with an abundance of subjects to illustrate after the long winter's slumber.
Last year I was asked to illustrate the Christmas Mushroom for a gift. In order to create a final piece, I needed to illustrate several potential paintings.
Below demonstrates how I worked on more then one illustration before deciding on the triple mushroom piece in watercolor on Bristol 400.
Finally, I began to work on a mini acrylic painting which is unfinished.
Happy New Year!!
Skywalk Arts Festival 2020, hosted by the HBHV.
This year I displayed two tables. One table consisted of my mother's fine art prints on canvas and paper along with my mini prints on canvas and mini acrylics on canvas.
The other table I displayed six gold leaf framed Plein Air paintings representing my original work.
You may purchase these paintings and prints along with other work on my website located at: https://www.stilegalleryshop.com
In this video, I share a little insight into how I might begin the painting process for a particular body of work such as in my acrylic shell compositions. I show how I spend time seeking objects of interest along the beach front for sketchbook material, watercolor and acrylic. Many of these studies are then used as reference material for larger scale paintings done in the studio.
Each day a new tulip would open up in the garden with striking colors that I couldn't help but to pick up my sketch book and pencils and head outdoors for a quick drawing study. Recently I have been exploring using colored pencils which has never been one of my favorite mediums as I prefer to use a painting medium.
I feel as if my artwork gives the viewer an insight into my life's journey. This is most evident in a plein air painting, where I can reflect back to a time and location. My sketchbooks tell a different story of thoughts and ideas scribbled within my drawing and painting studies.