Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Behind the Cloud" Oil Painting

10x10, Oil on Canvas

I'm trying some new views of the clouds.  The part I have always loved the most...those wispy edges.  I love how tenderly they lay against the color of the sky.  It's amazing to me how solid they are yet also how thin.

For "Behind the Cloud" I wanted to capture when the sun is behind it and frames the cloud. I liked having that little peek hole through it too.  The cloud reference I looked at was a blue sky but I wanted a red/orange one.  It was fun experimenting with the colors.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut of how we think things should look.  We think it has to have such and such in order for it to be a real painting or "polished" when in fact the world just might need you to guide them to what EXACTLY you see.  I was challenged to just paint the things I truly enjoy and lately have found a whole new passion in painting because of it.  It reminds me of Georgia O'Keeffe and how she truly enjoyed flowers and made you look closely at them as her eye came up against the petals.

Friday, September 21, 2012

"Gate of Eternity" Oil Painting

6x6, Oil on Canvas

I tried muting the white and yellow with just a hint of brown and red.  I liked the "antique" feel I got from it.I am trying out colorings I want to use for a larger piece. 

The trees are turning and beginning to lose their leaves.  I call it "Gate of Eternity" because it's like walking a path littered with the lives of trees touched by time. If you have ever seen someone walking that path towards heaven you know they sense their humanity, the beauty ahead of them, the mystery that is becoming reality.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"The Dance of Autumn" Oil Painting

6x6, Oil on Canvas

I love the way you can see the vibrant yellow through the sky holes in the leaves. I call it a dance because the limbs look like their moving and the color is so bright.

We are not quite to fall here in Dallas. There are little hints on the air with the coolness in the morning and I could swear I hear little "sighs" from the trees when I walk.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

"Into the Woods" Plein Air Painting

9x12, Oil on Canvas

This past spring I was able to spend a few days up in Oklahoma with my folks.  The trees and grass were so green.  Greener than I've seen in a long time.  I was happy to get a chance to plein air (means "outside) paint.  Just this September have I finally finished it.  I like the play of the light and the path makes me want to set down what I'm doing and go explore the woods.  With the weather turning cooler I just might do that at any chance I get.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"High Notes" Oil Painting by Dawn Waters Baker

16x20, Oil on Canvas

I call it "High Notes" as all the colors have a lot of intensity (even the blue behind the reds and oranges).  I gave up on the landscape this time as I just wanted to paint the sky open and free.

I am getting ready for Cottonwood Art Festival the first weekend of October.  This, along with many new pieces, will be available.