Perfect Fishing Day

Is there any more southern tradition on a hot summer day than to go fishing on the bank of lake?

I did a lot of composing in this scene: the bridge was actually much further to the left about a half a mile. The bridge that was here was a common overpass, nothing interesting.  I loved the metalwork of this bridge and wanted to include it.

I also made sure to create depth using aerial perspective: the trees in the back are much lighter and bluer than those in the middle and front.

This family was enjoying their afternoon: father, mother and son, fishing together.

Beautiful day in Dahlonega at Lake Zwerner. #watercolorpainting #landscape #mariapeagler

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Winter’s Sunset

The sunset view from my porch every evening. This small 5×7″ study is one in a series I’m doing during winter when bare branches allow me to see more of the glorious colors.

Watercolor requires a lot of advance planning and perfect timing. I tend to be more spontaneous, so doing small studies lets me practice the wet-in-wet layers, progressing to wet-on-dry. My goal is to do enough studies that the process becomes instinct, so I can be spontaneous.

After 12 years of painting, watercolor still challenges me.

#watercolorpainting #landscape #canoelife #danielsmithwatercolors #mariapeagler

Blue Ridge Steeple Study

This weekend I participated in my first plein air event in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  I took Karen Margulis’ class on plein air painting (more to come on the class later), and I painted this study quickly.

Blue Ridge has a famous train and tracks running through downtown, and historic buildings. So why did I choose a steeple?

This is the First United Methodist Church on W. Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge.  It’s for sale, like so many other churches located on valuable property.  This building, when sold, will likely be torn down, making way for commercial properties.

That’s why I chose it.  It’s a icon that is a sign of progress in so many ways.

I also loved the light on the steeple.

I did a full painting from this study and it’s included in the month-long exhibit at The Art Center in Blue Ridge.

This is another of my paintings for #30paintingsin30days with a sky theme.

Price: $57

5×7″, watercolor, on Arches 140-lb cold-press paper.

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Reflected Light

Plein Air study of old Fannin County courthouse and crepe myrtle in front. From yesterday’s class with @karenmargulis, a pastel artist from Marietta.  I’ll be writing a blog post about her class next week.

Karen had just completed a demonstration of painting plein air and chose this tree as her subject.  It was blazing hot, and I didn’t want to drag my supplies across town to find a new location.

So I painted in the same spot, but added the backdrop of the old courthouse, with the columns’ background bathed in orange reflected light.

5×7″ #watercolorpainting on Arches 140-lb cold-pressed paper. #blueridge #pleinair #landscape #30paintingsin30days #mariapeagler

Price: $57

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The Perfect Shot Study: Sky Painting III

This painting is a study and was was inspired by our family’s trip to Banff National Park this summer.

My son, a professional photographer, walked to the edge of a dock to set up a shot, and I snapped a photo to capture the moment.

I was in awe of the colors in Canada.  The deep blue greens of the cedars and hemlocks, the deep greys of the glaciers, and the turquoise lakes were breathtaking.

In this painting, I intentionally kept the mountains, clouds, and lake varying shades of grey, and placed the brightest colors on the blue sky and my son & the dock in the foreground.

This is day 3 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days, and I’m focusing on a sky theme.  This day was cloudy and grey, with a peek of blue at the sky corners.

Price: $50

#canada #banffnationalpark #glaciers #mariapeagler #30paintingsin30days

The Perfect Shot, Study. 5×7″ $50 #watercolorpainting on Arches 140-lb cold-pressed paper.

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