Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Sun Streaked", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Sun Streaked", plein air oil painting, 8 x 6"
$495 framed, FREE S&H
$175 unframed -limited time offer until Nov 11th!!!

This is another painting from our camping trip to Chain Lakes Provincial Park. I was intrigued by the warm light and cool shadows in this one -it is actually a close up part of the larger "Chain Lakes View" scene.

Enjoy!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Sunset ii", watercolour painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Sunset ii", watercolour painting, 7.5 x 11"
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This is the second sunset demo from my class on Wednesday morning. This time, I painted the clouds on dry, white paper, puddling in the colour, and then put the lower sky with the pale yellow in afterwards. When that was dry, I put in another layer in the lower sky of duller orange, leaving the bright yellow to shine underneath the clouds. The colours of the clouds are a bit brighter on this painting, because they were put on white paper instead of the yellow-orange of the previous post, but it was a bit more difficult to place in the sky colours around the cloud shapes. I think it is kind of interesting that both painting methods worked equally as well.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Sunset i", watercolour painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Sunset i", watercolour painting, 7.5 x 11"
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I did two sunset demonstrations for my experienced beginner watercolour class this morning. This is the first one. It began by painting a graded wash over the entire sky area, lemon yellow at the horizon and grading through gamboge, to an orange made with gamboge and quinacridone rose and/or scarlet lake, and ending with pale thalo blue. Then the clouds were painted on top of the dry sky. Edges were softened and colour puddled to add interest to the clouds, and then the orange sky colour was painted at the horizon up to the bright yellow 'halo' beneath the lower cloud bank. Edges of the topmost cloud were lifted and yellow-orange to pink painted in the lifted area. The water was painted with a combination of phalo and ultramarine blues, then a damp brush with orange paint on it was placed in thin horizontal bands while the blue was still wet -this pushed the blue away and deposited the orange cleanly with no back runs. It is all in the control of the water on the brush compared to the amount of water on the paper, and takes lots of practice to get it right. (Too much water on the brush would lay too much paint down and it would swamp the blue -too little water on the brush (mixed with paint of course) and the blue would lift up into the brush load, mix with the orange and make a muddy neutral.) Lastly, the suns reflection was lifted in the lower water and orange painted in it. Of course there was lots of playing around with the cloud shapes to get them just right! Below is the photo reference -taken on Lake Superior one summer on our way to the cottage.



I will post the second demonstration, done in a different method tomorrow, so stay tuned. If you would like some great instruction in watercolours, please consider my "Watercolour Workshop" DVD -see the sidebar on the blog for more information and a preview.

Enjoy!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

"My Favorite Time Of Year", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"My Favorite Time Of Year", plein air oil painting, 12 x 16"
$695 framed, FREE S&H

This is also my favorite painting of this fall. It is really too bad that I didn't get more opportunities to paint out while the leaves were still in full colour. I also didn't get very far on my quest to paint large outside, although this IS large for a plein air, but I wanted to do some 16x20" ones. Next year.

Yippee!!! I had my best Calyx show EVER yesterday. Thank you to all my great friends for coming by to support me. Hopefully our Calyx show in Edmonton on Nov 6th will be a great one also.

Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

"Chain Lakes View", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Chain Lakes View", plein air oil painting, 8 x 10"
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This is another of the paintings I did while we were camping in Chain Lakes Provincial Park. Unfortunately, that was the only time I was able to go painting in our new van this year. It is now in storage for the winter, but I look forward to getting it back in the spring for new adventures.

Enjoy!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

"Fall Twilight:, plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Fall Twilight:, plein air oil painting, 11 x 14"
$625 framed, FREE S&H

Another fall painting, done at the end of a beautiful painting day as the sun was going down. This scene is one that I will keep in my heart for the long, cold months ahead.

I am busily getting things ready for my big Calyx show on Sunday (see sidebar for details). It has been a very busy fall, compressed by my trip to Scotland. My last show will be on Nov 12 to 26th in Edmonton. Then I will be able to rest -like for a couple of days before Christmas preparations begin...

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Fall Foothills Patterns", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Fall Foothills Patterns", plein air oil painting, 9 x 9"
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One of the last fall paintings of the year. This one is from a small back road west of High River. There was so much happening in the scene that it was a challenge to paint, so I decided to just chunk it in with blocks of colour and let the viewer decipher what it all was. Now it's up to you :)

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"Chain Lakes Summer ii", acrylic painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Chain Lakes Summer ii", acrylic painting, 12 x 16"
$695.00 framed, FREE S&H

I wanted to do an acrylic demo for my advanced watermedia students, so decided to reinterpret my plein air oil painting that I posted last Wednesday, October 13th. I really like using my own paintings as a reference for further works in other media, and have done this several times before on this blog. I began this painting with a transparent wash of orange to yellow covering the entire paper, and then worked with layers of transparent, translucent and opaque applications of acrylic on top. Acrylics -such freedom...

Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Fall Flavours", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Fall Flavours", plein air oil painting, 11 x 14"
$625 framed, FREE S&H

Another of the last paintings from the fall. I called it fall flavours, because the different shades of pastels made me think of candy -like a roll of lifesavers.
For those of you in the Calgary area, be sure to stop by the huge art show in High River on this weekend only. Please go here to find out more information. We had a large, fancy reception last night, and it is free to the public for the rest of the weekend.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Chain Lakes Summer", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Chain Lakes Summer", plein air oil painting, 8 x 10"
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My sweetie and I took our only weekend camping trip this summer to beautiful Chain Lakes Provincial Park, where I was able to bag a few paintings. It was a glorious warm day, so I turned the blue sky into one that expressed the warm sunshine beating down on us, as long as you were out of the wind that is. My hubby was out on a windsurfer while I was painting this, and he needed some of that heat when he was done :)

Enjoy!
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Monday, October 11, 2010

"Cottonwoods At Bowness Park", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Cottonwoods At Bowness Park", plein air oil painting, 8 x 10"
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Another piece from my paint-out in Bowness park. These tremendously old trees are wonderfully graceful and a real joy to paint. They are now leafless of course, but their shapes are still very interesting. I will paint them again this winter.

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

"Bowness Fall #1", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Bowness Fall #1", plein air oil painting, 8 x 10"
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I am SO grateful that I got 2 good days painting outside before all the colour went away! This is the first one. I hope you can feel the little girl jumping up and down in excitement that I felt painting it. God is SO GOOD!!!

Enjoy
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"Leaving Sunshine", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Leaving Sunshine", plein air oil painting, 8 x 10"
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This is the last painting from our day at Sunshine, hence the title. There is a gondola going down the lower right centre of the painting, which I did have in, but then took out -it was just too finicky for wet-on-wet. The brightly coloured gondola cars are what attracted me to this scene in the first place, but perhaps they would just be too hokey ?? What do you think?

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"Rock Isle Fog", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Rock Isle Fog", plein air oil, 8x10"
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This is another of the paintings I did at Sunshine. Remember that cloud from the post on Aug 28th? This painting was begun right after that one, so the cloud had built up considerably and obscured the mountains looming behind the lake. Half way in, the heavens opened and we got soaked. I was working under my umbrella, so that the water that was being shipped away from my painting was running off the umbrella and down my back. I did manage to stick it out and finished this is quick time. Oil and water DON'T mix.

Enjoy!
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

"Sunshine's Waterfall", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Sunshine's Waterfall", plein air oil painting, 9 x 12"
$595.00 framed, FREE S&H

This is a painting I did at the beginning of August during Sunshine Village's annual artist paint-out (see post Aug 28th). This is what one of Sunshine's most challenging but short black diamond runs looks like without all the snow. You might not be able to tell from the painting, but the waterfall itself is about 50 feet tall -this is just the bottom bit. No wonder rocks are sometimes showing and it gets icy!

Enjoy!

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