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Hmm. Current weather conditions didn't use to matter all that much. Now, they are controlling my work flow. I've always enjoyed sun and warmth but now all the variables in between are of keen interest. This is because I'm doing plein air painting.


"Tiny Clover Blossoms" oil pastel, c. Stephanie Rose Bird, 2015

"Tiny Clover Blossom" was painted on a sunny Sunday morning. Some how, because of the sunlight, it reminds me on some of Gauguin's work in the South Pacific. It uses a very warm palette with just a touch of blues.



"Garden Daisies" oil on canvas, c. Stephanie Rose Bird, 2015


"Garden Daisies" was done over the period of a month or so. It started in all warm colors, mostly red and then was over painted a number of times to achieve an impasto. The weather and light changed so many times during its painting that the light comes from within the painting, rather than from above.


"Larkspur #1", colored pencil on paper, c. Stephanie Rose Bird, 2015





Now, I'm onto a gorgeous set of larkspur flowers that have come up in the garden. I'm working with them under varying light and weather conditions with various art materials. This one, "Larkspur #1" is rendered in colored pencil on a fairly sunny day.

Today my plans had to change yet again as we are experiencing a blustery aka windy/cold-for-July day outside. It all started yesterday in the late afternoon.



                                             Larkspur #4, oil pastel, c. Stephanie Rose Bird, 2015

My drawings and I barely escaped the downpour. I caught some sun and rendered it in this tiny drawing but the one which came afterwards is grayish in tone and portrays the oncoming storm more clearly.

So now, each morning over our respective cups of coffee, my husband and I, for varied reasons, keenly listen to the weather report. In many ways weather controls our activities for most days.

Today, is looking like a houseplant sort of painting day. On to the gloxinia...

Comments

  1. Have you thought of taking a picture of the flower you want to paint and then painting it? At least you can then get the item in the weather conditions you want. Friend in England does just that.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jo. I know this is a way for some artists to capture their images but I refuse to paint or draw from photographs for a variety of aesthetic reasons. I appreciate your giving it thought though.

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    2. I forgot to mention, there is a link on my page to our son-in-law's paintings, if you are interested. Lots of birds and a few animals.

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    3. Nice! I'll stop over and check them out. Thanks!

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  2. I adore daisies and love your "Garden Daisies" piece!

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    1. Thanks Chrys! I'm getting into another one now of a similar type of flower. Will post it soon.

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  3. All your paintings are so beautiful Stephanie! A lovely thought to be inspired by the weather!

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    1. A new thought for me but I find it fun! Thanks Susan!

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  4. I like your paintings :) I wish I could do something like that. :)

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