Limited palette color study

"Early Summer Serenity", 8x10.5, oil on canvas panelAfter a couple of weeks away from my easel, I was itching to get some painting in today. I've been doing more sketching and working on engaging my right brain during the process, which makes me enjoy it much more. My favorite way to sketch these days is… Continue reading Limited palette color study

Day 20 of notans

Notan sketches of a waterfall, Yellowstone National parkWith this set of notan sketches, my focused practice project is complete! It feels good to have created 100 of them and to feel energized by it, not burned out on them. Having the 3-minute time limit definitely helped with that. Without it I would have certainly fussed… Continue reading Day 20 of notans

Day 19 of notans

Notan sketches of Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park For today's notan sketches I revisited a setting I loved at Grand Teton National Park. Schwabacher Landing has everything: water, views of the mountains, trees, meadow. And beavers if you're lucky enough to spot them. I had used this same photo as reference for the first… Continue reading Day 19 of notans

Day 18 of notans

Notan sketches of a pond and treesI'm working on a study for my online course with Matt Smith — or put another way, I'm overthinking and over preparing for the study. Today's notan sketches remind me to work from large and abstract to smaller and detailed. When I look at these sketches they don't really… Continue reading Day 18 of notans

Day 17 of notans

Notan study of trees along the edge of a fieldI had taken the photo that these notan sketches are based on one evening earlier this summer, when dark clouds were starting to roll in and create drama with the sky and light on the trees and field. There were intense orange- and yellow-greens from the… Continue reading Day 17 of notans