Tuesday, September 29, 2015

On The Bay

"On The Bay", 8" x 10", oil on linen covered panel

I captured this scene aboard Cape May’s bird watching boat, the Osprey.   The Captain and his mate, a local naturalist, treated us and our fellow passengers to a happy morning of bird watching amidst the bay grasses.  Husband was in his glory!

Towering columns of cumulonimbus clouds over land accurately predict the hot, humid September afternoon to come.   Winds off the ocean feather the tops, competing to take charge of the weather.

 I used three blues in this painting:  thalo, cobalt and Kings.  The Kings blue is near the horizon line.  Those of you familiar with Kings blue can appreciate how the camera and computer have a hard time communicating  this color!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pink Sunglasses

"Pink Sunglasses", oil, 5 x 7"

Children love Sister Cities Park in Center City, Philadelphia. Families gather to enjoy water jets on the plaza and nearby, tucked into a shady garden, a trickling stream runs into a shallow pond for sailing toy boats.   Near the pond is a cart fully stocked with children's books for borrowing.  What more can you ask for?

I began this painting with an imprimatura of terra cotta red to give a sense of the summer heat.