Thursday, June 24, 2010

In The Heartland and in my heart.

Summer is here and that means BUSY! I've been away visiting my aunt, visiting BRIO, my gallery in Galena, camping with my family, etc. Been trying to fit in some painting around all this! Galena was beautiful and the gallery is filled with wonderful things- a number of which I'd have liked to bring home! I look forward to another visit hopefully before summer is over. Marsha, the owner is such a warm and friendly person. It was just a joy to get to meet her. I wish we had more time to visit and get to know each other. I am honored to be among her artists.
Here's what I've been working on lately...
Colored pencil, 2.5" x 6.5" Title: I'm Outta Here!
I finally got this piece photographed- it's been sitting around waiting... I learned alot working on this- my second piece in colored pencils. These are my "evening when I'm not too tired" pieces so they don't happen much or fast! But I really do enjoy the colored pencils. Had several people very surprised when I told them what the medium was. I intend to keep working and learning with these. It's a fun medium and very "transportable".

This next piece is casein, 2.5" x 6.5" Title: Summer in the Heartland
I just finished this piece this afternoon. I am feeling more comfortable with the landscapes and really, really enjoy doing them, although the buildings can give me "fits" at times- getting the lines right! These pieces of farm and country scenes are so nostalgic for me, and make me feel very peaceful. I love farm country- I don't think there's anything prettier than rich farmland filled with bounty. The midwest landscape speaks to my soul.


Gail Hayton said...

Both pieces are wonderful!

Tracy Hall said...

They're both gorgeous Carol. Pleased you're enjoying the coloured pencils and its certainly paying off!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Both are beautiful, Carol! The sky is so true with the whiteness of it. I love the shadow of the silo on the barn. I do know what you mean about buildings though! Looks like you are having fun with the colored pencils. I also love the portability of them. And no brushes to wash up!

Carol Andre' said...

Thanks so much Gail, Tracy, and Barbara. The sky isn't quite so white- the left side is much lighter than the right, but there are touches of very light blue high up and you can see the clouds better- on the computer screen you seem to only be able to see the "shadow" of the clouds- which are also just "hints" really. I didn't want to make the sky the focus! Thanks Barbara for the comment about that silo shadow. I wasn't sure how to go about it at first but was happy with it in the end. And yes- it is nice not to have any clean up with the colored pencils. :-)

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

I love both these pieces Carol - your colours, and especially your greens are so natural and true to life and you have created wonderful atmosphere in both these artworks!!! :))