I try to resist painting cute since I switched to oil, but every now and then I can't resist painting a bunny. And as it is cute subject matter I might as well go all out and give it a cute title; Sweet Bun. This is actually a New Zealand rabbit, which I believe is an introduced-from-England species. But I shortened the nose and lengthened the ears a bit and voila - I have a Cottontail!
Once again, I don't have the name of this boat so it is titled Lively Water. The winter storms in my part of New Zealand must be inspiring the lively water in the last three little boat paintings. But I like what can be done with color and composition on big waves. These last three oils are inspiring me to paint some larger pieces for my galleries and shows. Stay tuned!
I was going through my stack of small boards to do another piece for my ongoing project, The Boats of Opua, and found this small painting from my previous bird study project. It wasn't quite finished but a few brush strokes and it's done. And it's #300! Hard to believe I've painted so many of these little guys. It has been fun and I've learned a lot.
This is the 14th little oil in my Boats of Opua series. Like the others, it is an 8" x 6" oil on gessoed panel. One of the reasons I'm doing this project is to figure out how to simplify water. I want to paint the feel of the water without the detail. For me, doing a repetitive project such as this, helps me understand the subject matter.
I haven't worked on my Boats of Opua project for a while. I plan to do thirty so I've got many more little boats to paint. This is number thirteen and as I couldn't see a name, it is simply titled, Red Boat. Regattas are held at the local yacht club, just a mile or two from my house, so there's no shortage of painting motifs for the project.
This isn't quite finished and for now is just titled Pooch, though the name may stick. In this piece, I've used complementary colors for the background as it gives the painting a bit of a jolt. I usually don't finish a painting right away. I prop it up somewhere in the house where I can glance at it when I walk by. By the time the painting is dry, I have a pretty good idea if it needs 'tweaking'. This is when I do what I call 'cross my t's and dot my i's'. Using a large brush, I add a few strokes of strong color or light. Only then is the painting finished.
I've probably done a dozen (or more) paintings of roads in this part of the world; Colleton County low country in South Carolina. It is one of my favorite places but you do have to watch out for fire ants, water moccasins, copperheads and alligators! Not forgetting sand gnats and mosquitoes the size of B-52's. But it is a gorgeous area with great color and moody atmosphere.