This was painted from a photo I found either on Paint My Photo or the Morgue File. It was fun to paint and I am grateful for the use of the photo. I still want to find my collection of Pelican photos to use.
I will be continuing with more of these amazing creatures. I love seeing a long line of them flying over the beach.
I am in the mood to paint pelicans; I have many photos of them which I can't find. I have painted this bird several times but did not see any pelicans around the yacht basin the last time we ate at Provision Company. I think it may even be possible that many of my pelican photos were taken before I had a digital camera. This may take some searching, but I am ready to paint them when I locate them. Meanwhile, if you have any good Pelican photos you would like to send me, please do so.
Isn't this bunny beautiful? I haven't seen him for a few days so I'm glad I was able to snap some good photos a while back. He loves eating my Daylillies; they are just beginning to come into bloom. This painting would look great in just about any room of your home and I will send it with a free tabletop display easel so you can enjoy it right away.
In other news, the women's US Open Golf tournament is proving to be an exciting match. Our community has enjoyed hosting all these world class golfers, men and women, for two weeks. Can't wait to see who wins on Sunday.
This painting is a scene from Sweden several summers ago when we traveled there. I would love to go back to this island again and revisit my daughter in law's family. These little buildings are close to the water and are used for storage of boating supplies and necessities.
This is the final painting in my rose series. I have always loved yellow roses more than any other color.
Roses do not grow well in the Sandhills where I live so I have to find them elsewhere. We can grow "Knock-out " roses but they are not great for cutting and bringing indoors.
I'm working now on beach scenes and people I've spotted having fun in the sand and surf. I can't wait to show you some of these when they are finished. Oh, and I also will be showing you our resident bunny who can be seen in our yard, loves to eat our eggplant straight from the garden, and teases the dogs by hopping by them at top speed.
This is where we arrived back from the Island on Saturday after a week of fun and painting at Bald Head. What a great time we had, as always, and accomplished a lot while there. Now it's hard getting into the routine of the studio but with temps in the nineties, I think I'll stay indoors to paint for a while.
Love this long vista of water winding through the marsh. I can just hear the birds and insects making sounds of the summer afternoon. This is one of many beautiful views on Bald Head. It has been a great week! Let me know if you are interested in this one.
I hope you have a great week-end. You can pin this by moving your cursor over the upper right corner of the photo.
Today I had the pleasure of taking a class with North Carolina landscape artist Joanne Geisel.
Some of you may know that I'm spending the week on Bald Head Island painting during the U.S. Open in my home town of Pinehurst.
I signed up for a class which was held at All About Art Gallery on the island. Joanne is an excellent teacher and it was fun learning her process for the beautiful paintings she produces. Here is a link to her website.
We painted from Joanne's wonderful photos which she generously let us use.
I took a few photos of Joanne's demo to show you some of the steps.
Here's the underpainting with raw umber.
Covering the three unequal masses in the landscape
This is Leah, training to be a safari guide in Kenya. This is done from a photo by Lee Brown, who provides monthly challenges for painters using his wonderful photos. This one is from April and I just got around to painting it. I was drawn to it by the bright colors, plaid skirt, and my own memories of an African safari trip.
Sorry for no commentary on yesterday's post. But what can I say, last night was fun here on BHI.
Many of the roses I have been painting will soon be available framed at One Eleven Main in Aberdeen.
The shadows are so much fun to paint. I love the variations in the petals.
I have not been to to the Raleigh Rose Garden for several years but I plan to visit there soon. I had my bridal photos taken there in 1976, shortly before our wedding day and it holds lots of other good memories from when I was growing up. My ballet teacher always had our recitals at the Raleigh Little Theater, which is right beside the Rose Garden.
I am very pleased to tell you that this painting was juried into the Summer Regional Show in Southport, N.C. by Judi Betts, world renowned water colorist, teacher, lecturer, and member of the National Watercolor Society. I studied with Judi at Springmaid Beach several times when I was painting watercolors.
If you are at the beach this week-end, I hope you will stop by the gallery and enjoy the First Friday Artwalk and reception for the opening of this show.
This poem inspired the painting-
If once you have slept on an island You'll never be quite the same; You may look as you looked the day before And go by the same old name, You may bustle about in street and shop You may sit at home and sew, But you'll see blue water and wheeling gulls Wherever your feet may go. You may chat with the neighbors of this and that And close to your fire keep, But you'll hear ship whistle and lighthouse bell And tides beat through your sleep. Oh! you won't know why and you can't say how Such a change upon you came, But once you have slept on an island, You'll never be quite the same.