Friday, December 21, 2012

My Inspiration from Lisa Daria's Painting "Fading, Staying, Leaning"


"Fading, Staying, Leaning"
by Lisa Daria  
6 x 6" acrylic painting

Lisa Daria, one of my favorite painters, posted this exquisite colorful small painting on her blog this week. She's a bona fide daily painter. By comparison I'm more of a wannabee because I allow too many other things to take precedence to my daily painting. 

Artists find inspiration from a myriad of sources and they hope that their work is an inspiration to others. Lisa Daria uses colors and shapes to express the simple things in life. Read more about her life and art on her blog, Lisa Daria's Painting a Day. 

This colorful painting and its poignant title caught my eye because it summarizes in paint what happened when my blog posts stopped in late October. My heart has been painting in my usual bright colors as I've looked at the unfinished sunflower oil painting in my studio through the haze of multiple medication side effects. 

There have been moments I've felt the "fading" question of am I going to come out of this sudden health challenge.  I've definitely done the "leaning" part as I've had to rely on others, notably my daughter who lives nearby, for so many daily life things I normally jump in my car and go do on my own.   

The best part is the "staying" determination where I am presently regardless of the next on the list of "procedures". Doesn't that seem to be a sanitizing word that takes health "protocols" out of the realm of real, live people living in bodies that scream "king's X, those are non-natural foreign agents"?

Yesterday I squeezed out the oil paints, picked up my brushes and painted on that sunflower painting that has been waiting patiently for me. Yes, I am staying at my painting. 

When we're in staying mode the non-essentials fall away. But isn't that what we traditionally do at this time of the year in our lives and businesses? 

Merry Christmas to all my collectors and followers! Thanks for a truly remarkable year.

I believe the best is yet to come for all of us so enjoy a Blessed New Year!  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Visit with Fellow Online Artist Lynn Cummings of the Jeweled Caress

 In the rain and wind artist Lynn Cummings and her partner Michael welcomed me yesterday with tea and pumpkin bread in their Victorian house/studio in the historic district of Tacoma, WA. Do you have any idea what happens when online artists get together to share their creativity in art and business? Well, we talked and shared all afternoon and didn't cover every topic! Imagine that!

Let me introduce you to the work of Lynn and Michael showcased on their recently established Facebook page, The Jeweled Caress. Their page describes their work "as a treasure-trove of unique and decorative well as the occasional "something different", collected throughout the years. Our own artisan jewelry designs lean towards the tastefully extravagant, fanciful, or even whimsical. Most of the findings and components used in our creations are antique or vintage bits and baubles that originate from every corner of the globe. This can include "new old stock" from the late 19th century through the 1960s, which languished nearly forgotten in warehouses...and even newer pieces stamped from vintage tooling."

Artisan jewelry by Lynn Cummings of Tacoma, WA The Jeweled Caress
Dragonfly Sky and Garden Rhinestone Cuff

The Jeweled Caress Shop  


 Already they are enjoying international interest in their unique jewelry. Please check their shop for more pieces beyond the one I've included above. And do give them a "congratulations" by "liking" their Facebook page. While there look at the many photos of previously sold work, a gallery of fine jewelry art. 


Reminder to myself:  visit other online artists nearby in addition to those I meet on trips. Anyone else in Puget Sound region wanting to spend the time to share art and business one-on-one?


Monday, October 1, 2012

Oregon Vineyards Landscape Oil Painting Small Art by K. Joann Russell

Vineyards Landscape Oil Painting by K. Joann Russell
"Spring Vineyards"
5 x 7" oil painting 

This rural landscape oil painting reminds me of the many vineyards among the hills and mountains of Oregon in the spring. I painted this 5 x 7 inch small painting in an impressionistic style somewhat like my quick glances driving down Interstate 5 to the southern part of the state. As a child I have fond memories of the vineyard on my family's acreage in California.

Small daily paintings like this one demand a simplicity in composition, colors, and brush strokes. I find them very helpful to balance a tendency toward sharp focus realism. The challenge is to say what you have to say as quickly as possible which is the essence of en plein air painting.

Enjoy the warm sunshine and peacefulness of the spacious vista of this small painting. Start to celebrate your originality with a one of a kind small painting which is not a print.

"Spring Vineyards", original oil painting 5 x 7" on archivally prepared mat board, is varnished and ready to place in a standard size frame. The painting comes to you unframed. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Small Rural Landscape Oil Painting Summer Valley Southern Oregon

Summer Valley original oil painting of southern Oregon by artist K. Joann Russell

"Summer Valley"
4 1/4 x 6 1/4" oil on gessoed watercolor paper

 "Summer Valley" is a colorful original landscape painting showing impressionistic views of a rural  valley with evergreen trees, mountains, and a pond. I painted this small colorful painting from memories of living in southern Oregon. 

The warm yellow ochre colors in the foreground express the hot summer temperatures which often exceed 100 degrees. The stand of evergreens in the valley resembles those around the lakes in that area. The valley floor shows the variety of grasslands, some irrigated and others not.  The distant mountains and clouds are less clear in the hot weather.

This is one of the popular daily paintings that artists paint in small formats. I've been painting a number of these this summer as I've explored a variety of subjects and media. And, yes, I've neglected my blog posts. Sorry, folks. Find some more small paintings here.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nasturtiums Flowers Vegetable Garden in Paintings by K. Joann Russell

Nasturtiums in Vegetable Garden

Nasturtiums have been the subject in many of my paintings. Their colors draw my attention with their bright yellows and oranges. This morning there they were bright and bold peeking out from under a tomato plant!

This year any nasturtiums in my cottage garden of flowers and vegetables are volunteers. I've planted none of their seeds, but they have provided surprise spots of color amid the multitude of greens. In the area where the birds hang out, the nasturtiums are so prolific that the little birds skitter around under the leaves.

Did you notice another telltale leaf besides the nasturtium and tomato?  Click on the photo to enlarge it. Yes, there are new strawberry plants tucked away in spots in the garden getting settled in before production next year. 

Here's one of the paintings I've done of nasturtiums. Do you think it is time I painted another original of these colorful flowers?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Beautiful Trader Joe Rose for a Colorful Painting

Let me introduce you to my Trader Joe rose garden! This gorgeous rosebud caught my eye this morning when I went to water the garden before today's weather hits 80 degrees! Yeah!

As you can guess, I'm a Trader Joe fan for their specialty foods. At one of their stores several years ago I bought a tiny, about 4 inches in diameter, potted rose to bring some cheer to the proverbial gray days of Seattle. I enjoyed that little rose bush indoors, so on a whim I planted it outdoors among other plants in a large pot and forgot about it. I didn't expect a house plant to survive outdoors.

Come summer there was that rose growing among the other flowers. I kept it and it grew taller and bloomed each year despite being repotted and moved interstate more than once. 

The rose was originally a pink color. It has slowly transitioned to this beautiful apricot color of today. The plant is about 3 feet tall and producing rose after rose. Along side it I have planted a second Trader Joe rose that is a deep red, or at least it was when I purchased it this past winter. There's one bud on it at the present which looks as though it is red. We'll see!

Even though my paintings are known for their bright colors this little treasure is begging to be painted in its delicate colors. Should I paint it in watercolors or opaque paints such as acrylics or oils? View a watercolor I painted in light, delicate colors. 

This rosebush must be a metaphor for survivors, the stuff of poetic words about beauty from ashes. Not being a poet, I'm just delighted to see my Trader Joe rose thriving wherever it is planted. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bright Blue Hydrangea Flowers and Small Space Gardeners

8 x 10" signed print

Sunshine in Seattle today and we "city farmers", aka urban gardeners, revel in our outdoor growing treasures! I started my day by cutting a glass vase full of blue hydrangeas like those in this print of one of my hydrangea paintings. There is nothing like that blue color.

In the Seattle Times newspaper this morning an article on tiny, I mean really, really tiny, gardens caught my eye and intrigued my creative nature. I delighted in reading blog posts on 66 square feet living in NYC miniature apartment with miniscule "deck" for two adults and one cat!

After that my cottage garden looked mammoth only to have a neighbor tell me where he and others garden big time in a rich topsoil community garden to provide for their own dinner tables and the local Food Banks.  That I want to do, too, after sharing this summer the sunshine of my yard with neighbors in total shade so they could grow their own tomatoes along side mine!

Oh, yes, my sunflowers are reaching for the sky, slowly, so I'll have them for source material for sunflower paintings. See my sunflower original paintings and prints at my website. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bright Red Gladiola Flowers Watercolor in Print Sale

"Red Gladioli"
8 x 10" signed print in 11 x 14" mat
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This beautiful watercolor painting which I really liked celebrates a transition for me. The last of the matted prints of this original watercolor of bright red gladioli flowers go on sale today! The remaining inventory of prints assembled in mats is down to only four. So many people have enjoyed my summer surprise sale.

By the end of this month signed prints without mats or frame will be available only from my website and a select few online vendors. Unsigned prints, framed or unframed in a variety of sizes on paper or canvas, will continue to be handled through "print on demand" publishers. The link to one of these publishers, Fine Art America, is to the right in the slideshow. 

Outsourcing the assembling and shipping of prints in mats will provide me more time to do what I do best, i.e., PAINT! In addition, publishers can provide more custom services such as framing with their facilities that handle large volumes of prints. This is a win-win. You will have more original paintings to choose from AND a wide range of print and framing options with built in guarantees.

Be sure to sign up for your e-mail subscription to this blog so you can be one of the first to see new paintings as they are posted. I'll continue to do the popular smaller sizes, even an ACEO on occasion, but I've had so many requests lately for larger size paintings that I need to get back to painting them. It has been several years since Art Business News magazine interviewed me and a few other artists about the trend from large to small paintings. 

What's coming? Look for more landscapes in oil paintings. Continue to enjoy my popular sunflowers.  And maybe I'll paint a small watercolor occasionally.
Use the link in the right hand column of this blog to e-mail me about purchasing the remaining matted prints. 

What attracted you to my art? Let's hear your comments. 


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Colorful Landscape Oil Painting California Valley from Mt. Ashland Oregon

"California Valley"
3 7/8 x 5 7/8" Oil Painting

Today's colorful landscape painting depicts a small valley in northern California from a vantage point on Mt. Ashland in southern Oregon. I painted this small oil painting over an underpainting of a rustic red color to give spots of contrast to the many evergreen colors of the varieties of trees. Click on the photo to see the nuances of colors.

The scene is a memory painting from a trip my brother and I took up the hot August narrow dusty roads of the mountain to move his daughter's furniture from a cabin. A spot on one side of the road gave a bird's eye view into a green valley tucked away in the far reaches of northern California. The specks of red also indicate how hot it was that day, over 100 degrees! 

Another part of that scorching hot day was the challenge of turning a loaded four horse trailer and extended cab truck in a tiny area in front of a garage!

The painting is a small gem, 3 7/8 x 5 7/8 inch on gessoed watercolor paper. It is sealed with UV protective varnish. The painting comes to you unframed.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Colorful Landscape Oil Painting of Lake in Southern Oregon

"Lake of the Woods"
5 x 7" Oil Painting

Summer days bring thoughts of adventures at the beaches or on the lakes of the Pacific Northwest. This new daily painting is a memory oil painting of a lake in southern Oregon.

This small landscape painting celebrates memories of summer fun at Lake of the Woods in the mountains of Oregon near the famous Crater Lake.

The water was perfect for swimming. Many times we enjoyed boating on this large lake. Mt. McLoughlin was in view from certain parts of the lake. The lodge was far across the lake where the evergreen trees didn't come down as far to the shoreline. I remember well getting caught once in a sudden storm in the middle of the lake while going over to the lodge! 

I painted this memory composition on gessoed mat board with oil paints. This daily painting measures 5 x 7 (6 7/8 exactly) inches. It is varnished and ready for you to frame in a standard size frame. The painting comes to you unframed.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Small Oil Painting of Sunflower on Watercolor Paper Using Underpainting Color

Oil Painting of Sunflower by artist K. Joann Russell
"Sunflower #92"
3 7/8 x 5 7/8" oil on watercolor paper

As the saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun"! It's been awhile since I posted a new small painting. This small sunflower painting brings to a close my series of paintings comparing drying times of oils and acrylics. Results: yes, very weather dependent in the Pacific Northwest!

This sunflower painting has a beautiful glow to it because of the golden yellow underpainting I painted on the gessoed watercolor paper. The beauty of using a color in the underpainting is that it can be used for parts of the final image made with additional paint layers.  Be sure to click on the photo to enlarge it and see the details better. 

Have you checked my small paintings page recently?  Several, including the abstract greeting cards, have sold. Most of those have been replaced with recent small landscapes. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Colorful Abstract Painting Flowerage Series in Acrylics by K. Joann Russell

Abstract Colorful Painting on 12 x 12 canvas by artist K. Joann Russell
"Flowerage #10"
12 x 12 x 3/4" acrylic painting on gallery wrap canvas
$115.00 incl S & H in USA


Today's colorful abstract painting is an outgrowth and a continuation for two painting series. Several years ago I painted many original watercolor paintings in an intuitive abstract style. The series was entitled "Flowerages" and quite popular among collectors besides winning awards. Later I put my watercolors aside while I was working with oils and acrylics on large canvases.

This blog has shown you examples from my color explorations over the last few years. What started and continues in my personal artistic journal developed into a line of original greeting cards, 4 x 6 inch small abstract paintings. That series, "Color Chords", surprised me with its popularity and the creative use of the cards by collectors of my art. 

One day I was experimenting with a variety of substrates for my abstract paintings using acrylic paints and grabbed one of my stack of square format canvases to play with! From my journal I selected a color combination I liked and started to play with the paints! Then I set the painting aside to let it stare at me for several weeks while I evaluated the merits of the work. 

People visiting my studio saw this painting and commented positively on it, so I've finally added it to my website for purchase.  I'm deciding on a different color combination to begin another painting in this flowerage series. Be sure to click on the image above to see the details and textures of the painting. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Beautiful Oil Painting of Sunflower by Painter of Sunflowers, K. Joann Russell

"Sunflower in the Sun"
5 x 7" oil on canvas

This beautiful painting of a sunflower I found this morning while going through inventory digital files in search of some specific paintings for requested prints. I had a retrospective exhibit to enjoy all by myself! 

In the sunflower paintings I found this one which I had totally forgotten that I had painted back in 2003! It sold immediately after I painted it. I can see why. The painting is so fresh, spontaneous, colorful, all the qualities I strive for in a painting and hit occasionally. This one hit it!

If you haven't visited my website, please do. While there you can check on a few paintings of my "retrospective" of sunflowers art in the abbreviated archives.

What do you like best in this small beautiful painting?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Small Colorful Landscape Daily Painting of Mountain Stream in Oregon Forest

Forest Stream small colorful daily painting by artist K. Joann Russell

"Forest Stream"
3 7/8 x 5 7/8" acrylic on watercolor paper
$24.95 incl S&H 


A colorful original landscape painting of a mountain stream in a southern Oregon forest depicts the bright sunlight breaking through the forest. The idea for the painting originated from photos of fishing spots my brother and his wife, a fly fisherwoman, enjoy. There's nothing like fresh caught trout for dinner!

The composition contrasts the deep shadow areas with the grassy areas touched by the strong sunlight. The painting is full of rich green colors from yellow greens through blue greens. I painted the composition over an underpainting of bright greens. It is painted with acrylic paints on gessoed watercolor paper and measures 3 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches.

It is varnished and ready for you to frame in a standard size frame. The painting comes to you unframed.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Colorful Orange Poppies Daily Watercolor Paintings on Different Watercolor Papers

Colorful Orange Poppy Original Watercolor Painting by K. Joann Russell
"Orange Poppy"
5 1/2 x  3 1/2" Watercolor Pencil on Smooth Paper

Today we're comparing daily watercolor paintings on smooth and textured watercolor paper. Both small paintings were painted en plein air in my new garden using watercolor pencils on gessoed watercolor papers. 

The first colorful painting of an orange Iceland poppy blossom has a delicate look of a botanical drawing because of the pigment staying on the surface of the smooth paper, technically called "hot press" watercolor paper. With a water filled brush the pigment flows easily over the surface giving a washy look.

The second poppy painting below I painted with the same watercolor pencils but on a heavy textured watercolor paper which also had been gessoed. The pigment could easily collect in the indentations in the surface of the paper to give stronger colors when the wet watercolor brush touched the surface, technically called "cold press" paper. The hot and cold terms come from the finishing pressure in the formation of the paper mold.

Do you see the difference in the compositions? By the time I painted the second en plein air painting one of the petals had fallen from the poppy flower! Today the flower is gone in the heat of our unusually warm weather and a new blossom has burst from the bud! The challenge of en plein air painting is the speed at which the composition subject changes. This is not painting from photos or memory!

Watercolor artists, you may be asking why gessoed watercolor paper? A very simple answer: these two pieces of paper came from my stacks of gessoed papers that I use for small daily paintings using acrylics or oils.

Orange Poppy #2 Watercolor Original Painting by K. Joann Russell
"Orange Poppy #2"
5 7/8 x 3 7/8" Watercolor Pencil on Textured Paper 

Which style of watercolor painting do you like? Both of these small daily paintings are available in my Etsy shop at special prices to celebrate spring. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Small Landscape Painting of Rogue River Valley Oregon Using Muted Yellow Under Painting

"Down in the Valley"
Approx. 4 x 6" acrylic painting on watercolor paper
Free to first person to request it via e-mail

This small daily painting, "Down in the Valley", is a special offer for today, a Friday Surprise, if you will! All the colors are muted rather than my usual bright colors. I used an under painting layer of a yellow tending to yellow ochre. That beginning layer influenced the entire painting.

The colors of the limited palette included cerulean blue, burnt sienna, and green gold, an olive green color. I was challenging myself to use that green gold color which I do not like. My dislike is similar to that for chrome oxide green which I've written about on other posts.

The scene is from memory of hot summers coming over the hill near Gold Hill, OR into the Rogue River Valley. One of the famous Table Rocks is indicated at the left and Mt. McLaughlin shows in the distance with the equally famous Rogue River flowing near the base of the Table Rock. The painting is rendered in a stylized manner rather than exact realism or non-objective abstraction.

Once in a while I offer a free small painting to celebrate with a thank you the people who follow and collect my art. Use this link to request the painting for your collection   Visit my website for additional information.

Happy Friday! The rain has stopped and the sun has come out. Great weekend ahead. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Purple Pansy Colorful Painting of Beautiful Flower entitled "Pansy Portrait"

Painting of Beautiful Pansy Flower by K. Joann Russell

"Pansy Portrait"
9 x 12" acrylic on watercolor paper
$64.95 incl S&H

Today's original painting of a tiny purple pansy tucked in among its leaves is an acrylic painting on gessoed watercolor paper. This delicate purple flower drew my attention with its dark purple center and veins. The soft lavender color of the petals behind the center makes the purple color even more vivid. It was in my stash of unfinished paintings until this month!

The story behind the story is that this tiny flower, about 1 1/2" in diameter, survived and was a delight for me in a yard covered in rocks! I planted it at the base of a pitifully dried up small tree. Up close the petals were delicate and frilly on the edges. What a contrast to an arid rock landscape!

The painting comes to you unframed. It is varnished. If you use a white mat with this art in a frame it can be a stunning piece of original fine art.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Red Geraniums Small Colorful Painting of Beautiful Flowers

5 7/8 x 3 7/8" acrylic on watercolor paper
$24.95 incl S&H

Colorful red geraniums mean summer is coming to the Pacific Northwest! Today's daily painting celebrates the geraniums I've wintered over and divided yesterday for this year's garden.

The painting is approximately 4 x 6 inches, a perfect size for framing small art. The acrylic paints provide the rich red colors. The gessoed watercolor paper gives a pleasing texture to the painting.

More similar small paintings await your viewing in the small paintings section of my website.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Small Landscape Painting Colorful Mountain Lake in Spring

"Spring Lake"
3 7/8 x 5 7/8" acrylic on gessoed watercolor paper
$24.95 incl S&H

Today's daily painting is a colorful original landscape painting of a mountain lake in the spring time with sunlight shining into the forest. The idea for this small painting originated from memories of the lakes in the high Sierras of California, especially the blue and green colors of Lake Tahoe.

I painted this art composition over an underpainting of bright greens. It is painted with acrylic paints on gessoed watercolor paper and measures 3 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches.

The small painting is varnished and ready for you to frame in a standard size frame. The painting comes to you unframed.

More landscape small paintings can be seen here.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mountain Stream Abstract Small Painting from Color Chord Series by Artist K. Joann Russell

Abstract painting Color Chord 44 by Artist K. Joann Russell

"Color Chord #44"
4 x 6" Acrylic Painting

My landscape paintings are receiving a lot of attention lately whether they are abstract or more representational/impressionistic. I'm featuring this new abstract small painting today because it reminds me of the sparkling cold water of a mountain stream amid the spring greens of new undergrowth and mosses amid the rocks.

This painting on a greeting card is one of a kind, not a print nor a copy of previous work. The images are 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" on a 5 x 7" single fold greeting card. The image is signed by me, the artist, and the back of the card has information about my art. The inside of the white card is blank. A matching white envelope is included.

The card can be easily framed in a standard size frame. Some collectors are using these small paintings in frames to create a wall grouping for their décor.

See more of this series among my recently sold paintings or view presently available abstract paintings.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Abstract Painting Small Original Art "Color Chord #45" of Color Exploration Series

Color Chord 45 abstract painting small art by K. Joann Russell
"Color Chord #45"
4 x 6" Acrylic Painting
$14.95 incl S&H

This color exploration entitled "Color Chord #45" uses one of my favorite color palettes. The color combination of cadmium yellow light, deep magenta, and viridian green keeps popping up in my continuing series of small abstract paintings.

"Color Chord #45" is a hand painted abstract greeting card from a series of paintings I began after two years of color explorations in my artistic journal and posted on this blog, Sunflower Studio Art.

Each card is one of a kind, not a print nor a copy of previous work. The images are 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" on a 5 x 7" single fold greeting card. The image is signed by me, the artist, and the back of the card has information about my art. The inside of the white card is blank. A matching white envelope is included.

The card can be easily framed in a standard size frame. Some collectors are using these small paintings in frames to create a wall grouping for their décor.

See more of this series among my recently sold paintings or view presently available abstract paintings.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Two Rural Landscape Paintings of One Rural Scene from Series by K. Joann Russell

Beyond the Dikes, colorful rural landscape painting by K. Joann Russell

"Beyond the Dikes"
4 x 5 x 3/4" acrylic on canvas, gallery wrap

Often I paint in series, that is, several paintings of one general subject. I've painted in my Swan Lake, OR series for a number of years. In fact, I have a couple of larger paintings still not completed in this group!

Today I'm looking at two paintings from the same spot in this southern Oregon valley! The small painting above was completed first. Notice how simplified I've made this rural scene.

Below is the second painting completed at a later date from the same vantage point.

Colorful Rural Landscape Painting Swan Lake Series 7
"Swan Lake Series #7"
8 x 10 x 3/4" oil on canvas, gallery wrap

In the second painting of the dikes I wanted to show more of the pasture lands so I chose a little higher perspective for the composition. Also, I wanted to unify the painting with brighter yellow colors. All the colors are brighter than the dull browns and grays of the scene.

Which painting do you like the best?

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Bright Red Poppies in Variety of Styles and Media

Colorful Abstract Painting of Red Poppy on Watercolor Paper
"Color Chord #55"
4 x 6" acrylic on watercolor greeting card

Bright red oriental poppies show off in gardens with their colors and petal shapes. I finally purchased some red poppy plants for my garden and remembered the many times I've painted them. Now I won't have to rely on neighbors for reference material!

"Color Chord #55" is the latest colorful painting of these poppies. It is painted with acrylics in an abstract style on a watercolor paper greeting card. These small abstract paintings are offered exclusively in my Etsy shop

Other paintings of red poppies include the following:

Oil on gallery wrap canvas
Watercolor on paper

Acrylic on paper

Watercolor on paper

Oil on stretched canvas

Which painting do you like best? For color? For style? For composition? For media?

You'll find these paintings in the "Poppies" section of my flower paintings archives. They are available as fine art prints on paper, canvas, and greeting cards.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Colorful Rural Landscape Original Painting Small Art Valley Farms Lands

Colorful Rural Landscape Painting by K. Joann Russell

"Valley Farm Lands"
3 5/8 x 5 1/2" acrylic on gessoed watercolor paper
$24.95 + S&H
Buy in Etsy Sunflower Studio Art Shop

A new colorful rural landscape painting painted from memories of my recent 14 months living in the farm and ranch lands of the Rogue Valley area of southern Oregon I am featuring today. The idea for the painting originated from my recall of the Seven Oaks Farm near Central Point, OR where the most delicious corn fresh from the fields draws crowds each day in the summer.

The composition evolved to a higher elevation looking across the valley. I deliberately included the dusty road into the farm as part of the total composition.

The painting is full of rich green colors from yellow greens through blue greens. I painted the composition over an underpainting of bright greens. It is painted with acrylic paints on gessoed watercolor paper and measures 3 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches. It is varnished and ready for you to frame in a standard size frame.

This is one of my many small paintings I work on each day as part of my daily painting adventures.

View more rural landscape paintings here

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