Sunday, April 23, 2017

In The Plaza




"In The Plaza"
plein air gouache  6" x 8"
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My husband and I recently returned from spending the winter in Ecuador.  I guess that you could say we've become like the snow birds who head from here in Colorado to Arizona.  But, we've headed the  last few winters to Central America, Mexico or South America.  We love the warmer weather, the colonial cities and culture, and the adventure.

I am an oil painter, but wanted to try gouache and water color on this trip as there is so much less to carry, a faster drying time, no easel, etc.  It took awhile to get used to the lack of creamy, mixable oils and the some what chalkiness of gouache.  But, the ease of portability balanced 
that out. I'll post more soon about what I took.

This painting was done from the roof top of our Airb&b in Cotacachi, which is about an hour and a half north of Quito.  We loved this town.  It has a population of about 10,000 (of which about 500 
are ex-pats.)  The picture of the same church below is from the roof of a friends' (an ex-pat) roof top. 



Many indigenous people live in and around Cotacachi.  To me it was wonderful that they are proud of their heritage and still wear their native clothing, even many of the children.  In so many of the towns we've visited only the older generation still wear traditional garments.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Early Morning

Early Morning
Oil  24" x 30"
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This is the sunrise view from the edge of our backyard.  It's looking out over Bear Creek Park.  Depending on what time I get up, I have this view from our kitchen window, although now, there are trees that I have to peek through.  Never the less, I am greeted in the early morning hours by a beautiful sky.  I've painted this scene dozens of times and never tire of it.  It's hard to tire of amazing colors spread out across the sky!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Old Church Lantern

Old Church Lantern
plein air oil 8" x 10"
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This painting was done in Florence, CO., about 45 minutes south of Colorado Springs.  I was there this fall for a plein air event.  I kept wanting to make the building brighter, but stuck with the wonderful muted color of the stucco.

Once upon a time, this building was a Presbyterian Church.  But, as with many small towns that have churches of every denomination on very other corner, many of the churches combined and made a Community Church.  This church is now a private home.  When the home owners saw me painting near their house, they invited me in to see the renovations.  It was spectacular!  The alter had become the kitchen, the pews were gone from the main area and it was a wonderful, spacious living and dining area.  The upstairs choir area had become the master bedroom.  It was just amazing!

It's fun how sometimes you meet different people and get invited to somewhere you'd never get to see when you're out painting and people come to meet you and talk with you!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Purple Finch

Purple Finch
8" x 8" oil on stretched canvas
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This little Purple Finch was on the tree right off of our deck.  We feed the birds in the winter.  There are dozens of birds waiting around for fresh bread crumbs (we buy day old bread at the grocery store and break apart 2 pieces every day) and/or bird seed.  The last few days have been pretty cold and snowy (so we splurged and put out extra bread crumbs!)

My dad was a semi-professional ornithologist.  He kept his life bird list.  As kids, when we went hiking in the woods we would carry paper attached to a board with a string tied to it so that we could record the birds that we saw.  I thought all children walked through the woods that way.....little did I know!  My mother-in-law also loved nature and birds.  She passed that love onto my husband who can not only identify almost every bird we ever see, but can also identify birds by there call, and can mimic bird calls.  I guess we all have our secret talents!  Anyway, all of the family bird history led to us feeding the birds, which led to me painting this little guy.

This winter we're going on several exotic bird trips.  I'll write about those in the future.  And post my thoughts and (hopefully) paintings for you to see.