This beautiful rooster was visiting the Amador County Fair last Thursday when I saw him strutting around in dappled sunlight under a shade tree. His owner has a chicken business, and "Dee-oh-Gee" is his pet. "D-O-G"!!! I loved the way the sunlight played on the chicken's pure white feathers and created a wonderful pattern of light and dark on the grass behind him. I took photos and painted this one in my studio. The landscape is what drives me as a painter, but it is always fun to paint chickens!!!
I think this ends the versions of zinnias I've been painting! If you go to
my blog for July and see the entries there , I've been going out to a local zinnia field to paint en plein air. Love those saturated colors! Alongside the big zinnias are crepe myrtle blooms massed in the bouquet. I have sunlight only on summer mornings in my studio so it was time to seize the chance. Here it is, "Zinnia Bouquet", fresh off my easel.
New work going up soon at Seasons Restaurant, downtown Davis! This is one of the paintings to be hung at the restaurant. It's unusual for me because I don't usually work in acrylic on canvas; in acrylic I usually paint on paper. I was reading about a technique new to me and decided to try it on canvas, with the reference photo below that I've had in my photo library for several years. The reference photo is from the Gold Lakes region of the Sierras, between Grass Valley and Graeagle .
It was fun to work out the composition on this one - it's fun when you feel it's successful !
closeup view, top left area
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I painted over successive evenings en plein air and posted the progress on my blog . It was a good painting challenge for myself and I finally got to painting the pomegranate shrub (tree!) that blooms with the incredibly beautiful vermillion-colored blossoms in early summer . . . everyone seems to have a story of eating pomegranates as a kid, their grandmother's tree or the different colored fruit they found at the farmer's market.
They're beautiful when in bloom and in fruit. Like pears, artists love to paint pomegranates . . .I know I do!