Many lists of the most popular painting subjects include landscapes and seascapes. I must admit that I’ve painted quite a few pieces with these subjects. Although I live in the Midwest, many of my landscapes include some water feature – streams, rivers, ponds, lakes. And my travels have taken me to the ocean in various places. There is something very primal and soothing about hearing ocean waves…most of the time.
Recently I painted a couple of paintings based on the very large lake nearby. Lake Patoka is 8,800 acres and is a major water and recreation source for the area.
But I also cruised through old photos of places we have visited, particularly Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and New England. Such beautiful scenery that it was difficult to choose. Many more subjects for future paintings.
And, of course, I did an entire series of beach paintings but those are mostly about people and children with the ocean being a common denominator for each painting.
This is not to say that painting water features is the only subject that I tackle, but it is one of my favorites. So many opportunities if I take my time to look for them.
Posted onNovember 9, 2015|Comments Off on Cropping subject for landscape painting
Kit Miracle, Irises, 10 x 10 oil
I was in my studio last Saturday evening and wanted to paint but I didn’t want to start something big. So I went through some photos I had downloaded from my camera earlier this year. I came across a scene of some irises in a backyard. This is near where I park when I visit the library. Lesson here: always be prepared for a good photo op.
Street photo of irises in a backyard showing the part I cropped for the painting.
The variety of irises pictured here is beautiful. At first I was going to do a long horizontal but reminded myself that I wanted to do something quick. Hummm…. think smaller. I pulled out a small prepared canvas, only 10 x 10. Then I looked for a square composition in the canvas. OK, so you’re really not supposed to paint to the canvas size but the other way around…but who cares? It’s my painting and I’ll do what I want. The composition wouldn’t have been the most apparent but I really think it turned out well. This took about two hours to paint with a final touch up on Sunday. What are your thoughts?
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