Sunday, May 3, 2009

Snow, Cranes & Chilis - Oil Painting

Red Hot Blues

(6 x 8, oil on panel)


While the springtime drama of snow, sun, snow, sun has been taking place the trees grow knobby with buds and the pussy willows burst out. Flocks of Sandhill Cranes are soaring and circling overhead on their way to their nesting grounds making far away haunting calls.

Over the winter the studies have been large but I’m back to painting small again. I love doing the tiny paintings. Red Hot Blues, so contradictory with it's cool blues and deep red, kind of like our spring which was warm and sunny one day and snowing the next. Fortunately the snow seems to finally have given up and the chorus of frogs, robins and chickadees is getting louder.

"Who told you that one paints with colors? One makes use of colors, but one paints with emotions." (Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin)


d. prizzi said...

Great composition and colors!

NJ/Kydlat Mijares said...


may i ask how much time you devote in doing these smale scale paintings.

(thank you!)

Cindy said...

Thanks to both of you. NJ, I limit my time to 2 hours for these. Over the winter I did a number of studies, about 15 x 15. I set up some criteria such as: exaggerate the colour, use lots of thick paint, and finish in 2 hours. The little ones are fun too so I'm back doing those for a while. It's good to mix it up a little.

m collier said...

Love the colors and composition.

r garriott said...

I'm way behind here...
but I love this little painting! I also have those fish bowls and find them irrestitable to paint. Very intersting color composition, too.

Cindy said...

Thank you R. Those little Chinese bowls really are lovely little things, the rice pattern is pretty great too.

The color wasn't quite planned that way, the background was actually a white cloth but I've been trying to improvise and make things up and see where it takes me. I've always painted what I saw with some enhancing where needed so this is a liberating and fun way to paint.