Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Simply Winter

This is my very first Winter painting.

The sky is my favorite part about it. The color and clouds are doing exactly what I want them to do. That satisfaction is probably a little taste of how the Lord must feel about us when we are exactly obedient to His directives.

To me, in Winter, the clouds lack the same kind of fullness they have in Summer; they're probably freezing so, in traveling through the skies, they're doing the best they can to look fluffy. Even when they're full of snow they look different than they do in warmer climes. I wanted to portray that cotton candy type wispiness here... as though they're about to crystalize. A new blender brush gifted to me gave just the right effect once their forms were in; God is SO good to me!

Recently, the Deerfoot Stippler brush has joined my collection, and I LOVE IT! The control it gives is fit for devout hobbyists like me who desperately desire to employ proper form and shape to tree foliage and bushes. The frosty-looking bushes here are ALL done with the Deerfoot. Praise God!

I enjoy painting the uplifted boughs on evergreens rather than the traditional boughs hanging down.  There's enough of arms hanging down in the world, IMO, so in my world most of the trees' arms are uplifted. I just like that.

I pray you all are rejoicing with me in the successes God has given me with painting. I truly enjoy sharing all of them with you.

God Bless You and MERRY CHRISTMAS!


"Simply Winter"
Copyright 12-12-16, SJ Palmer

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Autumn Brook

What I like the best about this painting is the water. The little brook fall and then the little catchbasin of it before it flows away in the foreground is exactly what I wanted it to be. Praise God!
Otherwise, I like the colors in the foreground and background, I love the Phtalo blue of the sky and the orange foliage that contrasts with it, and I love the bushes in the middle and the lay of the land reflecting moonlight on the grass.
While it's not one of my best paintings, it represents a conquering of intimidation regarding the brook water effect that Bob Ross does so wonderfully and aptly on his videos. God enabled me to duplicate that technique, and it worked for me just fine.
The canvas is dry to start, then scrubbed with a thin coat of the blue. Because of that, the entire painting is basically cast in the shadows that come just before dark. I love that. I pray you enjoy this one and appreciate the cooperation between blue and orange on the color wheel.
God bless you!
"Autumn Brook"
Copyright 11-30-16, SJ Palmer