Cathedral Rock, original painting, 12 x 16, impasto, Kit Miracle
Whether or not you believe in the magic energy of vortexes, any visitor to Sedona, Arizona will immediately be struck with just how beautiful the area is. The red rocks with the green juniper trees set against the azure blue skies are just breathtaking.
A few years ago I spent time in Sedona doing some plein air painting. I got up early in the morning or went out again in the late afternoon to catch the light I love so much.
Bell Rock at Sunset, original painting, 12 x 16, impasto, Kit Miracle
This past week, I revisited my photos and sketches from the trip and decided to paint some of my favorite areas again. This time, the paintings are a little larger and have some heavy impasto paint to add texture. I just had so much fun recalling the trip and the time and places while I was working.
Cathedral Rock, back. Original painting, acrylic on canvas board, impasto, 12 x 16, Kit Miracle
Check out these paintings of two of the four vortex rock paintings. Click on the paintings to see closer views which show the texture of the paint. Of course, they’ll be for sale on my Etsy shop soon. I still need to paint the last two sites in the series, Airport Rock and Boynton.
Flower Market, Jardin du Sur, Uzes, Provence, France. 16 x 20 on red-toned canvas panel. Kit Miracle This shows the final painting. I have sharpened some of the details and added more. I deliberately did not concentrate on the white labels for the flower pots as I thought they would be too distracting. Overall, I like the painting but it seems a bit busy.
Small Flower Market, Uzes, Provence, France. 16 x 12. Kit Miracle Final painting. I like the way the path leads the eye to the main figures. Plenty of color but it works for the subject.
Several years ago I had the opportunity to bike through Provence, France. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I fell in love with the area.
One of our stops was in Uzes at the Jardin du Sur. This was wonderful open air flower market on a very hot Sunday. I spent quite some time there, sketching, taking photos, writing postcards, and, of course, buying a souvenir or two. The flowers and the people were so inspiring.
A few weeks ago, I was going through the old photos and my journal when I came across these references to the flower market. I decided to create the larger painting first which is on a red-toned canvas panel. After I was finished with it, it seemed a bit too busy even though I had cut out many details.
Then I decided to do another painting of the same scene but just a close-up of the two main figures. This was on a canvas which I had toned fuchsia! Yes, really! I think I like the second canvas better but what do you think?
Anyway, if you’d like to see a step-by-step, visit this page where you can follow along on both of the paintings.
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My husband and I were able to take our first winter vacation in a very long time. We chose the Florida Keys which we hadn’t visited for over 30 years. Oh, it was so nice to bask in the warmth of the sun.
Plein air painting of Among the Mangroves, Florida Keys 2017
Among the mangroves, Florida Keys 2017
One of the nicest parts about the Keys is that there are so many places that visitors can pull over to fish…or in my case…paint. The Pentalic Aqua Journal (5 x 8) is perfect for painting broad landscapes. In the first painting, I was sitting in the shade while trying to capture the feel of being tucked away in the mangroves. The photos don’t do justice to the amazing aqua waters but it’s a nice memory.
Plien Air Painting from the park in the middle of Marathon, Florida Keys
Photo from the location I painted from the Marathon park.
The second painting was from a small park in the heart of Marathon. I liked the way the house across the inlet was framed by the pine tree. I took liberties to emphasize the house, actually more than I could really see it. Oh, well, that’s what artists do. Enjoy
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Tagged art, Florida Keys, kit miracle, mangroves, Marathon Florida, pen and ink, plein air, travel, watercolor
Like many artists in winter, I don’t have much time to get outdoors to paint. By the time I get home from work, it’s usually dark. However, I paint every week, often several evenings. These are some recent paintings from photos that I took this autumn. One is from a trip to the Indiana Dunes in 2015.
As a contemporary impressionist, I try to capture the “feel” of the scene rather than every little detail. It is often difficult to restrain myself. I think in this day and age, with the benefit of photos, many artists often fall prey to the tendency of painting every detail which has been captured by the camera. But that is not actually the way we see. We see what is directly in front of us but the peripheral edges are often lost. The advent of modern photography continues to tempt us. But that is not why we are artists. Anyone can take a photo but only the few can interpret their feelings in an artistic medium.
Indiana Dunes, 2015, oil on canvas board, 12 x 16, Kit Miracle
This first painting is from a trip that we made to the Indiana Dunes in 2015. Surprising enough, this national park is set on the shore of Lake Michigan in northern Indiana. It seems to have been carved from an industrial landscape but if you spend some quiet time here, you can imagine what the shore was like 100 years ago. I wish I had painted this with a little warmer tones but that is in hindsight. Love the sketchiness of the trees and the ever-moving sand.
Fall Walk, 16 x 20, oil on canvas, Kit Miracle
This next painting is from a photo I took on a walk along my country road this autumn. It is difficult to not go overboard with the bright colors which could lean to garishness. I had to make a great effort to push back the far trees to add some atmosphere which enhanced the foreground trees and the lovely green of the cattle pasture to the right.
Frosty Field in Autumn, 12 x 16, oil on canvas, Kit Miracle
The final painting is just a glance out my bathroom window one frosty morning. Love the early morning light catching the pine tree with the colorful woods behind. Not so successful capturing the feeling of frost. It looks more like a river or lake but there you have it. As any experienced artist knows, not every painting turns out as we wish. But we always learn something, even from our failures.