Monday, March 30, 2015

"the overlook"

Still warming up everyday with a painting of the California coastline.  It is getting to be a nice little series of studies.  With every one completed, I am getting more and more excited about my upcoming trip!  All of these studies are available for purchase on Daily Paintworks.

"the overlook"
9" x 12" oil on panel
©2015dottietleatherwood

Friday, March 27, 2015

"in the mood"

Another study of the California coastline.  I just love a long horizontal format.  The moodiness of the sky and the area of coast catching the light was what attracted me to this setting.  It was a constant lesson in refining my shapes and trying to keep it from getting too busy.

This study is also available to purchase on Daily Paintworks if you are interested.

"in the mood"
8" x 16" oil on canvas panel
©2015dottietleatherwood

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"California dreaming" and "windswept"

Every morning I usually "warm up" with a small study.  Just to clear out the cobwebs and focus on my painting and sort of pull away from all the crazy going on in my life.

I have been warming up lately with some studies of the California coastline.  I have a week long trip planned in April to paint on the California coast and attend the Plein Air Convention.  I'm going with four of my closest painting friends and we have had this trip planned for about 9 months.   To say I am excited is an understatement. :)

I have been several times before to the Monterey/Carmel area and have lots of watercolor sketches that I'm using and thousands of photo references.  Although the same basic painting principles apply, I have found through experience that painting different areas of the country than what I am used to always takes a little more thought.  Everything from the lay of the land, the colors and even the light can be different.  Painting outdoors is always a challenge especially some place new.  So I've been going back and trying to get a feel for the area again before I head out there so I can eliminate some of the initial frustration and relax and paint.

Here are two studies that I have done that are for sale on Daily Paintworks if you are interested:

"windswept"
8" x 10" oil on linen panel
©2015dottietleatherwood


"California dreaming"
9" x 12" oil on linen panel
©2015dottietleatherwood


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Snow in the South..Part II

We actually had two separate snow "events" this year.  The second was billed to be much bigger than it turned out to be but I was able to get out and paint a little more.  Neither snow event gave me any sunshine to paint in so colors are muted and soft.  Just like it feels when you are out there in it.  These are the last two snow paintings I hope of the winter of 2015.  I'm ready for spring!

This one is a sweet little study of a tree.  It was perfectly decorated by Mother Nature herself.  I didn't have to change a thing.  You can almost feel the cold in this one but the warm greens in the cedar and the color of the rocks at the base of the tree keep it from feeling too chilly.

"all dressed up"
7" x 5" oil on panel
©2015dottietleatherwood


This is a view across the street that I see every morning as I drink my coffee and read my emails.  So familiar but yet with a covering of snow feels so fairytale like.  It's funny how snow can change the ordinary into the extraordinary.  I do love this old tree though in all kinds of weather.  It has such personality and it's branches against the sky seemed almost like calligraphy to me.

"winter calligraphy"
10" x 8" oil on panel
©2015dottietleatherwood

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Snow in the South...

Taking a little break in the sky series to post some plein air paintings that I did during our recent "snowstorm" in Charlotte.  I say that with a smile, because we were buried under a slight several inches of snow, which believe it or not, shuts down life here.  School closes, we load up on groceries and hunker down while watching the skies.  Predictions for much larger accumulations didn't hold true and we only ended up with a little.  But it was enough for me to get my yearly fix of painting outside in the snow.  Cold, to be sure but such great fun.

Here are two that I did that first day.  You can see the grass in this first one as the snow melts away.  I love the pattern of the branches against the trees in the background and that sweet snow icing on them.

"branching out"
9" x 12" oil on panel
©2015dottietleatherwood


These are two old chairs against a low wall and the snow covering them just reminded of frosting on a cake.  Love the white snow against the grays and greens of the old wood and that little zigzag path created by the melting snow.

"February frosting"
8" x 10" oil on panel
©2015dottietleatherwood

Monday, March 2, 2015

"chances are"

Still thinking about skies but instead of focusing on clouds, I wanted to explore the atmosphere.  I love the tapestry of the land in this one.  The colors and the pattern, all very abstract marks that pull together to create a birds eye view of fields stretching out before you, both freshly plowed or lush and green with growth.  And the sky.  I wanted that sense of atmosphere, of land fading into sky and that blue misty haze that you're never sure is land or sky.  Very ethereal.   What do you think?

I'd really like to take this idea and go much larger.  So much to explore.

"chances are"
20" x 24" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
©2015dottietleatherwood