Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Petite Peinture: Nymphaea in Pink

"Nymphaea in Pink"
© 2010 Nancy Laliberte
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
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To help me explore composition and color ideas, I like to do smaller versions of bigger paintings. The 4x4 format is great for this. I am working on a series of water lily paintings for my upcoming show, "Where We Live," and wanted to do some "exploring" with the "portrait" of a water lily. I also wanted to experiment with color and capture the sunlit glow of the flower while keeping the background minimal.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sunflowers and Snowflakes

"Sunflower Study"
© 2010 Nancy Laliberte
8" x 6" acrylic on panel

This piece began as a plein air study last fall. I had about 30 minutes to paint until I had to pick up my son from school. I was able to get a good start on it, take a photo or two,then pack up my gear and pick up my son. Just this past week, I noticed it sitting forlornly in my studio. Needing a warm-up painting project, I set it up with the assignment of playing with brush strokes and color, and light and shadow. I think I had too much caffeine when I did this. The brush work seems is a bit frenetic. I will try another study--but this time with decaf.

And this, no, this is not a photo-realism painting. It is a view of my backyard this morning. It started snowing Friday afternoon and we woke up to this! A lot of the snow had already fallen off of the trees and by late this afternoon, it was gone. And that is fine with me. It is MAY for cryin' out loud!
Merry Christmas and Happy Mother's Day ; )

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Petite Peinture: Spring on the Farm

"Spring on the Farm"
© 2010 Nancy Laliberte
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

Last Saturday while driving to Stevens Point for my daughter's state solo & ensemble music competition, I noticed that some of the farm fields were blooming with something yellow. While I am not sure if they were weeds or not, to my eye they were beautiful spots of color. I used one of my favorite landscape compositions, the high horizon line, and kept the foreground dark to play up the yellow field and farm buildings.