Thursday, August 21, 2014

Storm's a Brewin' II

"Storm's a Brewin' II" 4" x 6.26" oil on card, ©Laura Gable
This was painted the same day as the previous post. In an area off the highway and near a new hospital where there is a lot of new housing construction in progress on these pristine cheat grass and sage covered hill sides. The clouds were quite dramatic as they skimmed the surface of this distant hill, leaving the close grasslands quite strongly naples yellow toned with bits of bright green. We have a lot of these smooth sided hills in our region. I don't recall the name of this one, but the one further south, out of view, is Jump Off Joe. The one I was perched on the side of is Thompson Hill. And others in the area are Badger Mountain, Little Badger Mountain, Red Mountain, Candy Mountain and Rattlesnake Mountain. The final one's claim to fame, I once heard, is that it's the tallest mountain in North America with no trees on it. Perhaps the locals can correct me if they know any different. I've always found that a bit fascinating.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Storm's A Brewin' I

"Storm's A Brewin' I" oil on card, 4" x 6.25", ©Laura Gable
A couple weeks ago we had some terrific wind as a storm passed through. The cooling of temperatures were welcomed, as we'd spent a record number of days in the 100's. "It's like the old days, before all the irrigated farming" the locals would lament. Some loved it, but this wilting flower wasn't one of them. I got in a quick oil sketch while these clouds passed over. Some of the playfulness of color in the foreground was brought up while in the studio a bit later.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tulip Duet

"Tulip Duet" 8x10 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
A pair of tulips in a lovely Russian vase, cast some interesting shadows on the back wall. Sometimes when it's too hot to go outside, an inside still life is just what is called for. I enjoy these still lives and vow to do more of them. They are a good exercise in seeing color. Placing the still life outside on a lovely day with shifting light is my next challenge. I have a dandy collection of tea cups that I'd like to paint sometime soon.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Harvest Time III

"Harvest Time III" oil painting, 6" x 6" on 3/4" cradled board, ©Laura Gable
This is the final in a 3 part series representing our local wheat fields that were recently abundant with grain and ready for harvest. The clouds are especially energetic in this painting, perhaps becoming the star of this particular story. The golden fields provide a firm foundation. I enjoy the freedom of the color and contrast here. (This painting is being auctioned on the Daily Paintworks site:

Here is the trio of paintings, hung together. They are small - only 6" square each - and being made as a cradled panel, they just forward from the wall 3/4".

The 3 paintings from Harvest Time hung together. 6x6 inch panels each.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Harvest Time II

"Harvest Time II" 6"x6" oil on 3/4" cradled panel, ©Laura Gable
Another homage to the American farmer. We honor and respect the hard work and diligence they put forth to grow and harvest these crops to provide for the world. Golden and dry, these wheat fields were ready for harvesting. A whisper of blue in the distance adds an enticing coolness to these hot harvest days. The clouds pass through.

Even though I now live in eastern Washington, I grew up around the wheat fields of Nebraska - a common sight in the farm belt. These beautiful golden fields translate to any region, the backdrops are the only variable. Their soft waves of amber reach out for miles. The rustle of the dry grain as the heads move together in unison, creates a welcome symphonic earthy song.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Harvest Time I

"Harvest Time I" 6x6 oil on 3/4" cradled panel, ©Laura Gable
Painted in honor of all my friends with wheat to harvest in this hot dry climate. Hoping you have the best of weather and abundant crops.

This was inspired by a drive I took up the Badger Canyon primitive dirt road out near Kiona, WA when the wheat was tall and golden. The road lay neatly behind me like a ribbon, getting smaller as it ambled away. Our familiar distant hills of lavender against subtle green flat farmlands added a pleasing note of color and softness. This pastoral scene spanned out beneath cottony clouds in an azure sky.

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