Saturday, January 19, 2013

30 in 30, #17 – Storm's Coming

Storm's Coming, 6"x6", oil on canvas panel

 You know you're an Arizona native when a rainy day puts you in a good mood. 
     — Marshall Trimble


I realized that I'm getting comfortable with the flower paintings, so decided to take a different direction.

I took the reference photo for this painting somewhere on Interstate 10, between Phoenix and Quartzite, Arizona, last summer. It had been a very hot trip (118 degrees F on the way to Phoenix), and we were enjoying the storm clouds coming over the desert on our return home. The Arizona desert is beautiful, especially when there is "weather." (And
yes, I am an Arizona native.)

8 comments:

  1. How peaceful, especially in 118F. There's no place like home, particularly for us AZ natives!! Keep up the great work!

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    1. That trip was to see you, and to remember your mom. It was a lovely drive home, and I was snapping photos out the window like crazy. Hugs.

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  2. We always love to see you when you can make it. Mom was glad, too! Hugs!!

    On my way to sign up for a Membership to Shemer Art Center, along with Drawing Classes - Fundamentals & Colored Pencil. Then off to Arizona Art Supply for the last few items I need. Can't wait until March. Darn, I guess I do.

    Still enjoying my "surprise." Get to use the Sketch Pad in my classes!! Ahhh... something nice for me!! It's a new day, Cindy. Such relaxation and peace I haven't known in a long time!! Love to you all!!

    P.S. Did you get my email I sent you through the Daily Paint Works site? Just wondered how the paintings were hung: canvas, framed, etc. What is the varnish for? I'm a newbie...lol.

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    1. Hi Sandy, no I didn't see it but haven't been on line all day. Will go look.

      The paintings are not framed. They are mostly painted on an archival panel (like a masonite) that is coated with an acrylic gesso to provide a good and lasting painting surface. I usually use Ampersand Gessobord, a commercial brand that is very good. Sometimes I put a coat of black gesso on it. They can be framed in a traditional frame, or in a "floating" frame (goes on top instead of behind), or they can be placed on a small tabletop easel for display. I paint the edges black so they will look good on an easel. kingofframe.com is a good online source for smaller, square frames.

      Varnish is put on finished oil paintings to protect the surface from dirt or spills, etc. I put a light coat of varnish on the paintings when they are dry. Many artists put another coat on about six months later (when the paint has completely cured), but it's not necessary in most cases.

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    3. Thanks for info!! If I had the nerve to rename your painting, I would call it Storm's Over. I will always have that image in my mind's eye to remember the end of a long, nasty chapter. Keep up the great work!! A Fan in Phoenix! And I dare say, 2 Fans in Heaven!!

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  3. Love this simple (simply beautiful) painting. Your artist's statement also, simple and says so much! You know how to say much in a minimal way, love your style.

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    1. Susan, thank you so much. Your kind words are much appreciated and encourage me!

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