Dreaming of Home Complete!

Dreaming of Home, oil on canvas 24″ x 30″

 

This is my first painting from working under the tutelage of Rose Adare.  I have learned so much, and I have so far to go!  There is so much I love about this painting.  Papa goose looks toward Maui, as though he longs to go home.  Mama is keeping an eye on us, protective of her goslings, and the two babies mirror their parent’s poses as children do.  The name of the painting came to me long before the mountains appeared in the background.  I didn’t know why, but that was the name of this painting, Dreaming of Home.

Dreaming of Home

As I work on paintings, they get working titles.  This gives me something to file them under besides “current painting”.  Sometimes the titles stick, and sometimes they don’t.  This painting is about a family of Nene with the father looking out to sea while the mother keeps an eye on the observer.  The babies mimic their parents’ poses.  I’m still roughing in the basic colors of the painting, so please be patient with me.

Often I combine elements of different photographs to create the vision I’m looking for.

Kilauea- Work in Progress

I have 3 paintings that are in progress right now, and only time to photograph one of them this morning before I head to the bakery.

This is Kilauea, and I’m getting close. I still have to add features to the sky (read clouds) and now is the time to tweak what I need to tweak. As part of that, here is the painting in color, and another copy as a tonal picture:

My goal in looking at the black and white picture is to not be distracted by the color. Does the painting flow? Is there enough contrast to be interesting?

I’m a People Person

I never realized it until now.  I love painting people.  I did a self-portrait a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the experience.  You look at your self critically: emotionally, physically, and finally, as a subject for a painting without the baggage.  Painting myself, I finally understood why some artists paint themselves over and over again.  Rembrandt painted between 50 and 60 self-portraits    through out his life.

It wasn’t until I did my hula dancer last month that I remembered how much I enjoy painting people, so, I decided to do a series of hula dancers.  I figure that once I finish 6 of these paintings, I’ll be able to paint anything!

Here’s number 2 in the series: