Monday, August 28, 2023

Slow Going

 These rocks are taking a while for me to create.

Then again, they were formed after millions of years so I guess in the grand scheme of things, painting them is moving along quickly!

As I move to the bottom of the painting my rocks are getting less defined and less interesting. I want the focus on the upper rocks.

Thursday, August 24, 2023



One might say I am particular about my rocks. With an M.S. degree in Geology, if my painted rocks don't read well it is as if I only painted three legs of a horse. Color, texture, and relationship are always in play and need to reflect the geology of the setting.

I was intrigued by the inherent feel of movement of these sedimentary rocks. 



Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Setting the Stage

Often I like to paint the animal last, saving the best for last. Here I have painted his spots so I don't have a blank spot where he is. After I finish the majority of the landscape, I'll work on him.



Saturday, August 19, 2023

New painting in progress

 Generally, most wildlife paintings fall in to two categories. Either the animal is the main focus or the animal is secondary to the landscape. My paintings usually fall in the former group, however, sometimes there are places which really speak to me. 

This spot in South Africa was a good climb. Our guide wanted to show us very old large pots used by the bushman to store grain. My husband and I were eager to make the trek to this remote spot on top of a rock plateau. Once there, the view was outstanding. The pottery was much larger than we thought it would be and there were ropes and nets still lying nearby in the covered large rock indentation. 

Sometimes to get from one covered chamber to the next we had to crawl

Checking out the pots

Kneeling beside them

One of the views

In one of the deep caves under a rock ledge, our guide looked in to see if there were any bats to show us. Seconds after he peeked inside with a flashlight, he leapt back and grabbed his gun (pointing it at the small cave entrance.) A large shape had leapt over his head! The only thing that big would have been a leopard. Once the guide deemed it was safe we looked inside the cave and noticed there were many daylight exits, one about 20 feet up with rock ledges all the way. We never saw the leopard but I associate this rock plateau with him and he provides the inspiration for the painting, even though the focus is on the landscape.

For this painting I am going big (at least for me.) The painting is 48" X 32".