Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Canadian sunrise

This is the most recent of my "Canadian farm" series, but I figure I'll try to do at least four more, and have enough to make a calendar! :-) This was done from a reference photo I took early one morning when the dogs got me up and out early, with the sun just rising in the east, with its light just "kissing" the edge of the roof on the small shed.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Canadian memories

I have fond memories of sleeping in the bedroom, the lampshade tilted so that I could get the most light on me to read in bed, and then waking up in the morning to look out the window and see the lovely bay. This year we even got new mattresses, so the beds are even almost comfy!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Canadian stained glass

I love the stained glass front windows in our Canadian farmhouse. On sunny days the light sparkles through them and casts colored red and blue shadows on the walls and floor. The day I painted this picture the light was more gray and cloudy, so so sparkles around, but I still love the view and the glass anyway.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Canadian hallway chest

This is the next in my "Canadian farm" series. The objects here are all "found" items that were in the farmhouse when my parents first bought it 33 years ago, a sturdy old wooden chest, a young girl's straw hat, and a beautifully framed old photograph of someone whose identity we will never know.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Canadian Corner

Ths is the fourth of my Canadian vacation paintings. This is a corner of the living room. Unfortunately I see this photo came out a bit tilted, although the actual painting itself is not, LOL. Myabe I'll try to correct that and redo this post.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Canadian Farmhouse

This is the third in my Canadian series, and is the actual farmhouse itself! My son had asked me to paint a picture of the farm, and he wanted it from a particular angle which always said "arriving at the farm" to him. I sure hope I got the right angle. :-)

Of course the problem with that angle is that it's a perspective nightmare, with all those varying roofs and dormers! So I was dragging my heels on it, until my daughter-in-law told me I should just go ahead and do it. Well the day I chose was not a classic "farmy" day with bright blue skies and puffy white clouds, but a stormy-looking day with ominous gray clouds scudding across the horizon. However I found I was fascinated by those clouds and felt it made a more interesting picture than that puffy white ones would have made. After all, good stormy days are classic 'farmy" days too.

But it was cool out, and windy, and thundery, and the rain threatened, so I tried to work fast to capture what I could while the rain held. Luckily I was *almost* done when raindrops began appearing. I had to grab the painting and race inside with it, and then come back for my easel and supplies. But most of what I wanted was there, and I was able to put some final touches on it the next day in my "studio" (the back shed of the farmhouse).

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Canadian Washing Day

This is the second of my Canadian farm vacation paintings. This was done plein air, which I always find a struggle. It's always too hot or too windy or too buggy or too "something" for me. LOL. But this was just a nice sunny day with a mild breeze blowing - perfect for whipping the clothes dry and wrinkle-free, and with that marvelous fresh-air scent I love.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Canadian Farm Kitchen

This is the first of a series of paintings I'll be posting. I'm just back from two weeks at our summer home in New Brunswick, Canada. I brought my painting supplies with me and was determined to do a series of paintings from life up there. I was *hoping* to do a painting every day, though I knew it was unlikely, LOL. I did actually manage to paint six so feel good about that, and I took a lot of photos too - so I can continue the series even here at home. I love the farm, so it' a real pleasure to paint scenes of it. This is the first, which I did on our first or second day there, when it was stormy and rainy, so no way to paint outdoors, but I found I enjoy the interior views.