With the extremely cold temperatures and heavy snow so early in 2018, I have been scattering black oil sunflower seeds all over the deck. I've attracted flocks of snowbirds and bluejays, (not to mention an abundance of squirrels) but the cardinals are hesitant to make an appearance. Having this one stare back at me through the slider onto our deck was really surprising because once they see any indoor movement they take off.
All I have to do is roll up the shade in my studio window and outside there is the incredibly magnificent central Maine forest. Sometimes there are deer, and until we tacked up Posted, No Hunting, to a lot of trees bordering our property, there were even a couple of hunters on a Thanksgiving Day afternoon a few years back with their long guns, sliding and hiding around, the trees of our woods. Nothing happened, thank goodness, and peace reigned. Now it seems like a natural habitat with so many birds, sounds of the forest, and of course, the change of the seasons. I painted this on an artist quality masonite hardboard, gessoed, and applied a coating of dark acrylic paint before I began drawing the trees. It's painted, using some well known name brands of oil paint, (Winsor and Newton, Rembrandt, Grumbacher), and it is unframed.
I painted this for the Two Tone Nocturne Challenge in Daily Paintworks. Some unused tubes of paint have been staring back at me for awhile, so I opened up Indian Red and used it with Viridian. This is my 7"x5" interpretation of the Maine forest as seen from my deck in Autumn.
This rose is from my garden in Maine next to the high bush and low bush blueberries. Living in Zone 3 this rosebush has survived some extremely severe weather. It's always so nice to see it come back year after year. It blooms right through summer into early November. I painted this for the weekly challenge on Daily Paintworks.
I had a good time doing this painting with an old glass bottle from a New Hampshire auction. Last week I decided to rearrange the lighting and set-up in my studio which was just in time for the challenge on Daily Paintworks, "The Sliced Challenge."
This is my entry for the Weekly Challenge on Daily Paintworks. I have a cupboard stuffed with kitchen gadgets, including a basket of cookie cutters. Using the painting knife on a still life with limited color choices was very challenging.