I decided to take another shot at this charming courtyard in Santa Barbara. I experimented with one of my very dark panels again, it switches up my way of thinking about the painting, so I think it's helpful.
The flu has seriously kicked my butt for the last few days, I can't remember the last time I felt this sick. The tylenol kicked in so I crawled up to my studio to make this quick post....will definitely not be painting today, but here's one I did last week:
I'm getting a little more used to this whole plein air thing, there are parts of it that I love and parts that I could do without....like people warning me that I'll probably have ticks on me from standing in the grass. I'm thankful for the warning, but then my ankles itched for the rest of the painting because I was sure there were ticks on me! I couldn't find any.
I was happy with how this painting turned out, it wasn't super bright like yesterday's, but it also wasn't dull like I was afraid it would be.
I was SO happy to finally paint on a sunny day! I felt like my other plein air pieces looked a lot brighter and a lot more colorful (even for a cloudy day) when they were outside with me, and when I brought them inside they were so drab!
I was determined that this painting would not be drab! And the result was very bright! I was also experimenting with some new colors I ordered. I don't know how I ever painted without "purple lake" :)
I brought two panels with me, so I decided to have fun with the second one. There were trees to my left that had this amazing light that kept peeking through briefly while I was painting the first one. I knew I only had like a minute to try to capture the colors that were happening. Here's the result, which I actually really like, even more than the first painting that I spent much longer working on:
I think this will be the last in this series. This pool was ridiculous! The floor was covered with gold tiles! That would be one crazy swim.
Oil on panel, 6x6 inches
In other news, all the proceeds from the "Sale" items in my shop now go directly to World Vision International. Now my etsy clients can help me help others :) I'm going to try to always have at least 3 sale items to choose from. You can check out the sale here.
Definitely my favorite in the series so far. I started with a very dark colored painting surface for this one, it ended up making things a lot easier and a lot faster. I'm excited to keep experimenting...
I'm working on a series of these interior scenes. I've always been attracted to this type of subject, but I don't always have a chance to paint them. A trip to the castle was a perfect solution! I liked this scene because of the orange glow coming from the light in the room, and the cool blue light from outside being reflected on the furniture.
Zach and I went to Pismo beach and up to Hearst Castle for our New Years weekend getaway. We stopped at the butterfly grove...I heard it was amazing. We came prepared with binoculars, but I think we only saw like 20 butterflies! Disappointing! Luckily we had lots of other things to do. And the light while we were there was just gorgeous.
I really like how this painting turned out, even though I was painting on canvas which I usually hate :) One day I'll get these bluff trees right, they're still not exactly how I want them. Much closer than my first attempts though :)
I wasn't sure how this one would turn out, but I really like the orange and blue colors together. I didn't pick a new years resolution, but I think I would like to be a little more daring in my painting.
Hi! I'm Sharon Schock, an artist living and working in Carpinteria, California. In 2009 I started a daily painting project where I complete one small painting each day. These paintings will be up for auction or available in my etsy shop soon after they're posted here. To be the first to know about each new posting enter your email at the top of the page.