This was my view as I flew to Philadelphia in 2014 to speak at a conference of women business owners.
I marveled at the curved horizon line and gentle clouds.
I’ll never be a pilot or an astronaut, but for this one day I felt I had a tiny glimpse of their unique window to the world.
This is my second painting for the #30paintingsin30days challenge, and I’m incorporating an experiment into each painting. Yesterday it was painting on 300-lb paper; today I painted on Fabriano hot-press paper.
I love this paper, but it’s not ideal for painting skies. I needed a thoroughly wet surface, and hot-press buckles even when I taped it down.
I also painted this in an Old Masters palette of Indigo, Yellow Ochre and Indian Red, and wow was it depressing. I’m glad I’m an artist in the 21st century when we’re spoiled with a range of beautiful paints.
This will become the back of a future, more successful, painting:
I’m making each of the #30paintingsin30days a standard size, either 5×7″ or 8×10″, making them easy to frame. They’ll be $100 and available here on my blog or on DailyPaintworks.
Blue Ridge Afternoon IV in the series. This is a back road most people would never see. The beauty of Georgia’s rolling hills and mountains take my breath away. That feeling is what I wanted to capture in this series.
In this version, I emphasized the vineyards and used vibrant colors once again. 6×9″ watercolor on 140 lb cold-pressed paper. $75
Blue Ridge Afternoon III in a series. This is a more stylized, vivid version of the same scene. Changed the composition to focus more on the hills and farmland. 6×9″ on 140 lb cold-pressed paper. $75 #watercolor #blueridge #landscape #mountains #mariapeagler
Blue Ridge Afternoon II in a series. Also 6×9″ #watercolor on 140 lb cold-pressed paper. This is the same scene but I used more vibrant colors. Painting in a series teaches me so much about a place that I feel I’ve never really known it until I paint it. #blueridge #landscape #georgia #mariapeagler #dailypaintworks
Blue Ridge Afternoon I in a series. 6×9 #watercolor on 140lb cold-pressed paper. I came upon this scene on a frantic Sunday afternoon taking my lab to an emergency vet. Once she was patched up, I took my time driving home to enjoy the gorgeous blue mountains and rolling hillsides. #blueridge #landscape #georgia #mariapeagler
Second in a series from our family vacation in Banff National Park, Canada. I enjoy painting in a series, as it allows me to express something unique in each. There’s often so much to take in while in nature, I can’t get everything in a single painting.
6×9″ watercolor on 140lb hot press paper. $75 to PayPal.me/mariapeagler and you’re the lucky owner!
My family visited the park this summer and we all fell in love with Moraine Lake. The most beautiful spot I’ve ever seen. 6×9″ watercolor on 140lb hot press paper. $75 to PayPal.me/mariapeagler. See my gallery on #dailypaintworks to view the entire painting.
#watercolor #watercolorpainting #canoe #nationalpark #banff #morainelake #mariapeagler