Thursday, April 23, 2009

Painting and more

In the Shadow of the Mountain
9 x 12 soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colourfix
by Miki Willa
This scene was painted from a number of different reference photos shot in the shadow of Mt Baker in the late fall and early winter. On my screen, the colors appear a bit darker than they are in real life. I really like the look of the fallow fields with the isolated farm buildings. The tree line in the back is a mixture of evergreens and winter skeletons. This is another painting I will include in my show in July. As the date approaches, I will give more information about the location. For now, I will say it will be in Bremerton, Washington.
I have been studiously avoiding my easel for over a week. I just kept putting off painting while I worked on other things. I have been working on creating a visual journal, and am having great fun creating rather abstractly painted backgrounds using acryllics. I am also learning to do collage. In a few weeks, I will be posting some of them on another blog dedicated to this art form. I am also working through The Artist's Way, again. This time, I am taking time to do the tasks, writing my morning pages, and going on my artist date. I have only been at it for a week, and I am already excited to paint again. I have a bud of new insight about myself as an artist which I will nurture further before I share it here. It is a very profound shift in thinking for me and want to make sure it sticks.
For both of these projects, I am working with online groups and having a great time. For the visual journal, I am working with Kelly Kilmer at A Prompt a Day. There is still time to sign up for the May group. Learn more about this at this site. For The Artist's Way Journey, I am working with Laura Lein-Svencner. See her blog here.

7 comments:

Kelly Kilmer said...

I LOVE it!!! Gorgeous landscape!!!

Tom Willa said...

marvelous majestic mountainscape
sensational scenic setting

Megha Chhatbar said...

What a landscape painting Miki! I love it so much! :) Keep up the good work...

Miki Willa said...

Thank you so much everyone.

Rose Welty said...

Sounds like some wonderful things in store for you. Glad to hear you are learning things that are helping and exciting you.

april said...

Beautiful peaceful scene! Beautiful painting! Now I know where I got the idea for Kelly's "prompt a day" - from you! What a fun program! I love it! Thank you.

bridgette said...

wonderful pastel landscape miki! Makes me long for WA...
Thank you for your comment you left at my blog. You describe the same feeling I get, the ceasing of time, the chitterchatter. Aren't we lucky to have that release?!
Thanks again for your insight.