Today I wanted to find some light to paint so I drove up my neighborhood road. I went past one of my favorite views and as I looked over there was a wonderful warm light glowing the top of Mt. Evans. I quickily set up and just as fast began to rapidly paint before I would lose the light. Like magic in only a few strokes this piece was created. I didn't think about painting it, it just flowed. I love when that kind of magic happens. The joy of painting combined with the beauty of nature can be quite moving.
Today I thought I would do a plein air still life of our Amaryllis. We received a Amaryllis bulb as a gift on Thanksgiving. So as never growing one before I was quite anxious to get it in the dirt to see it bloom. A few weeks passed and the next thing you know it was Christmas day and I looked over at the Amaryllis to see it in full bloom. They are quite stunning and large. Just beautiful. So today I noticed that it was glowing and I thought how nice it wold look next to the snow. So I set up the Amaryllis out side and enjoyed the beauty.
Today I wanted to do a painting of baby Jesus in a manger. On Christmas day I didn't think it would be too hard to find this type of scene, but do you think I could find a manger scene anywhere?, no. I had just spent the day celebrating Christmas with my family in Denver and then that night drove to Ft. Collins to see the rest of the family when I realized that my time was running out to paint. It was already 10:30 p.m. and still no mangers could be found. I went by at least 9 different churches and not one manger. Just about the time I was ready to give up on the manger scene I deiced to stop by the old Catholic church and asked for some help. As I walked up to the main doors my inner voice said "look up" and when I did I saw this wonderful stained glass scene of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus, my nativity scene I had been looking for. It's amazing how the divine spirt works. So with out hesitation I knew what I must paint so out came the paints the brushes and the winter gloves (it was cold out around 18 degrees).
Last light while I was out looking for some lights to paint I notice this tree and it just looked so peaceful and simple sitting up on the hillside with just a hint of the city lights illuminating the night sky. I couldn't resist painting it.
Tonight I wanted to paint this group of trees at the Chatfield Botanical Trail of Lights. They were just spectacular and reminded me of a light brite I had as a kid. So, with childish delight I began to paint and remembered all the wonderful Christmas's I had as a child, Thank You Mom!
Today was a PAAC day and we meet at one of my favorite local spot, lair O the Bear. It's such a nice area with a vast variety of scenes to paint. I went with one full of warm light and cool shadows. I think I am more of a colorist when it comes to painting. I like the bold colors.
Today I was out walking when I found this great scene. It reminded me of of some locations one of my painting friends would choose and feeing a little reminiscent I deiced to set up and paint. It was so nice and quiet up on the mountain side just me, paint and Mother Nature. I thought I would loosen up and keep a little more of a painterly look to it , not so rendered.
Today I wanted to paint the big moon over the Continental Divide. I love the difference between the painting and the photo. When I took the photo the sun was just coming up so the upper part of the sky was pinkish. By the time I put the sky in the sun was a little higher and made the pink move down and the blue go up. It's a little reminder to me of how fast a scene changes as I paint.
Tonight I was out looking for something to paint when noticed that our neighbor put lights on one of the big pine trees. It must be 80 feet tall and looks like a cake decoration. It was great to paint. I only wish my camera was charged for my photo.