Today, I blocked in this oil study of a lighthouse with the setting sun shining thru the lantern windows. I am happy with the sky, but the water will need some work to be convincing. I plan to add some curve the lighthouse's tower and some better light shine thru the window.
So after fighting with the computer I was able to get this on to the blog. More difficult than it needed to be. This is a small oil study of Lodge Pole Pine trees in the Rocky Mountains. I have seen similar scenes like this in Yellowstone National Park and in Rocky Mountain National Park.
I worked on my painting of my son, James. I worked on the background, the hair, and worked on defining this facial features. I will let this rest (i.e. drying time), and I will dry brush some more color in his hair and I will add some small detail to his shirt.
Sometimes a painting just works in one go. This study of summer time Cirrus or Mare's Tail clouds came together well and I will not add or change anything on this. Too bad this does not happen evertime.
Today is the my 21st Wedding Anniversary. Since we honeymooned in Taos and Santa Fe, we do a Day of the Dead themed cards. This is not my original design but it is only for my wife and your viewing. So Happy Anniversary Barbara.
WIP - Work In Progress, I started the narrow gauge DRGW engine painting a year ago. I did a very basic block-in and got frustrated. Which happens a lot, especially lately, sometimes you know what and how you want to paint but, it just does not come out right. This has been my last week at the 9 to 5 job and in the evenings this week at the easel. I had mother's day and other "honey dos" to attend to so I only got in a little time on this painting. I started to add the the background and sharpened some of the edges. I feel like I have a better idea of where I want to go. This is not a study, but it is an original of my design and is based off a trip on the Cumbers & Toltec Historical Railroad in Colorado and New Mexico back in 2010. I have lots of sketches and paintings in me, just need the time to put them on canvas.