I love capturing the change of season in my paintings. The month of May was beautiful this year. The trees started the month bare and now they are full with summer leaves. I decided to paint as much as I could in the Spring, to capture the transition that the landscape is going through. I ended up completing 32 paintings, and I am sharing many of them with you in this post, along with a couple from the last week in April.
I read somewhere recently that the meaning of momentum is having an idea and not talking yourself out of it. That is a good way to sum up my month of painting. If I saw something with good shapes of color, I set up my easel and I painted it.
|May 20 - Baraboo Porch, Gazebo, and Cherry Tree 16 x 20" oil on panel $500|
This was a beautiful, sunny afternoon which came after 4 days of clouds and rain. I originally went to Baraboo with the idea to paint near the library. On the way, I saw this scene, and stopped to paint it instead. It's easy to make plans of where to go and paint, but it's often better to just go out and keep our eyes open for subjects.
My goal with this scene, was to have the yellow of the house and gazebo remain in shadow, while the railing on the porch was in light along with the blue shed and pink cherry tree.
|May 21 - Dandelions 8x6" $100|
It seemed like the dandelions came out all at once, when we had our first hot days of the spring. I had a good time simplifying the dandelions into orbs of grey and blue and violet. These were on the side of the driveway at the farm, and I sat on a milk crate to be closer to them while I painted them.
|May 25 - Lilac Still Life 12 x 16" $400|
It's good to measure the success of a painting only on how good it feels while painting. On this day, the fragrance of the lilac bouquet was so fresh that it would have been hard to make something that I wasn't satisfied with. I love impressionism and I love broken color. Painting is at its best when you are perceiving the subject through all of your senses.
|May 28 - Sunset Sky 6 x 8" $100|
As the sun set, the drama in the sky heightened above the spring green trees.
|May 30 - 40's Plymouth - 12 x 16" $350|
I was leaving town, to go paint in the country, when I spotted some chrome and shiny paint reflecting the light. The owner of this car has won over 18 trophies in car shows for it, one for each of his Grandchildren.
|Apri 26 - Morning Daffodils - 6x8" $100|
My neighbor let me know that her daffodils were in bloom, and I went over the same morning and painted them. I sat on the ground, so that I could be near the flowers while I painted them.
|April 26 - Daffodil Still Life - 8 x 10" $200|
My neighbor even sent me home with a daffodil bouquet, so that I could enjoy the flowers even more. She had several varieties, some were cream colored and some were rich yellow. I enjoyed painting the flowers. They only last for a couple of weeks, but this painting will remind me of spring for the whole year.