When these tomatillos showed up in the farm box, I had no idea what to do with them other than to include them in a still life. The farmers sent a recipe for salsa verde, but I haven't made it yet. They are part of the tomato family, but I have a feeling they taste very different from tomatoes. I know this isn't my best work, but I really liked the title.
Weather here in Milwaukee has been mild and Spring-like with temps in the 40s and 50s. Snow is melting and it is a mud bath for Oliver. I love the sounds of the birds, and am so excited about the Great Horned Owls who are nesting in a willow tree in our semi-urban neighborhood.
Hoo-ooo-ca- CHOO. Estimates are that babies were born last week and Mama is glued to the nest, so every day is a new adventure. I am dreaming of Spring and Summer as are most folks here---"sick of winter." On close inspection, I saw hostas starting to poke through ground that is not covered in snow.
Sunsets are beautiful to watch, but I think very difficult to paint. You just can't improve on something so beautiful. Our family recently spent several days on Captiva, Florida, where the sunsets are magnificent. People line the beaches just to see each evening's performance. It is reported that some see a bright green speck just before the sun sets, but unfortunately we did not see it.
I have always enjoyed painting textures---wood, rust, etc. so this was a very enjoyable painting experience. I seem to have more difficulty than most getting the color yellow to show up as painted. I have tried many different ways to correct it, but I'm baffled. The yellow on the bird is actually a little more lemon colored.
Thanks to Nicole B for generously sharing the beautiful photo reference for this painting. I just love it.
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Once again, credit is due to Eugene for sharing his beautiful photo with
me. After painting with watercolors yesterday, I wanted to paint it
with acrylics to see which I felt better represented the subject.
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Another view of Peninsula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin. Have you seen the bumper sticker that says: "I brake for garage sales" ? I brake for shadows (in the snow) and I'm sure people think I'm a little crazy.
I never seem to tire of painting these pine trees. For those of you who have not heard the story of them, I will explain. In 2008, my daughter and I visited a village in Lebanon called Marjeyoun, the land of my ancestors. As we maneuvered the winding roads, I noticed a line of pine trees that took my breath away. It consisted of hundreds of pine trees like I had never seen before. Fast forward three years to our second visit to the same village. I commented to our family that I love these trees and have tried to paint them many times, unsuccessfully. Our cousin then told me that her father planted those trees so they could have pine nuts readily available. I was so touched to learn that these beautiful trees had been planted by my cousin in the land where my father's family originated and was determined to paint them to my enjoyment and satisfaction.
In painting these trees, I am focusing on negative space, economy of strokes and am not referring to the photo after the initial sketch, which is challenging.