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I went to Allegany State Park for a family camping trip last October, 2007. The landscape and the rocks are so beautiful there that I decided to do a small study (9x12) in oil on canvas board. Climbing those rocks gives me the feeling of being a kid again on some wonderful adventure.

I also did this painting with a special someone in mind who works so hard organizing these great retreats!
Topic(s): landscape painting oil painting 2007
By Heather on January 29, 2008 at 10:15am EST Add/View Comments (3)

Summer Still Life
This Oil painting was completed in August 2007. I love to experiment with color and texture. These elements are always constant in my work. It's what I find appealing, so I keep exploring it in unusual ways.

This canvas is actually a recycled painting that my lovely Grandma picked up for me. It had an awful, somewhat abstract painting of flowers as the subject. Therefore, I had no anguish painting over it. I loved the existing texture similar to plaster, so I toned the background with a muted aqua and painted this still life. I like that this piece has had a previous life and is now reincarnated (hopefully its last). I think the texture lends itself well to the texture of the vegetables, especially the avocado halves. I also did this painting quite quickly relative to others. I wanted it to have a spontaneous feel, which is something I always need practice doing.

Please click on the picture to see the whole thing. :)
Topic(s): oil painting painting still life 2007
By Heather on January 15, 2008 at 10:17am EST Add/View Comments (2)

A Garden to Tend
I started this series in fall 2004 and finished, finally, during the summer of 2007. Nature is a big inspiration to me and the subject of "A Garden to Tend" started with planting, watching, weeding, watering, and photographing, different plants. Gardening is full of successes and heartache and the 'gardening' continued with this series for quite some time.

I also think of this piece as an evolution of art. It started with transforming my digital photos of my garden to a Photoshop rendered collage, then creating a painting from that, followed by scanning the painting to manipulate into the third panel, and finally painted on top of the third for a combo of computer-generated art/painting to make the last. Sounds complicated, but essentially I just kept transforming the same image with slight variations using either the computer or oil paint. Located in my dinning room, it's a wonderful way to enjoy my garden during the winter months, especially since it no longer taunts me unfinished in my studio. I'm enjoying it because it still feels like a harvest from a long gone garden.
Topic(s): 2007 gardens oil painting painting computer art photoshop
By Heather on January 14, 2008 at 1:19pm EST Add/View Comments (4)
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