I have returned from a mission in the Philippines with rich experiences and images. This is the side of a restaurant called Luis’s in Balanga, Bataan of Luzon. Guard houses protect most properties, and this attractive booth drew my attention since it was attached to the business and and part of the architecture. The hot color is typical of the paint choices of the people, and it reminds me of how hot it could get in the tropical country!
The softer muted colors of this little pail family drew me to paint them. Generally, I am attracted to grayed and softer tones, but currently what comes from my brush is very colorful. I am using a specific set of warm and cool versions of the primary colors at the present time, and I have not yet finished exploring possibility with them. This little scene reminded me of mother instructing her offspring of proper manners for young pails.
This is a small study of placing dark and light, warm and cool patterns in preparation for a larger work. Her poised loveliness and the traditional clothing of Spanish influence on this young woman of the Philippines captured all my attention. I had to try to put her grace into paint. The larger work will be shown in a later posting.
With delicate flakes of snow falling outside, this little snow lady posed for paint. In a quick painting like this one, I am always trying to put more paint on the board with fewer strokes. Without a mouth, she seems to speak: warm hands, warm heart.
The Sisters of Notre Dame live in Chardon, Ohio, USA. As a member, I grew up in body, mind, and spirit here, so it seems only fitting to welcome you to my blog with this simple, tiny glimpse of our Chardon home in summer time. This is a partial view over our front yard and across Auburn Road. We belong to the rolling foothills of the Appalachians and some of the greatest snowfalls of the United States. Nature is limitless in wonders here. I enjoy painting her seriously or just for fun. This little painting was just for fun after being far from home and far from my paint brushes for the last four years.