40,000 Feet: Sky Painting II

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:

40000 feet cloudscape watercolor painting old masters palette

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.

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8×10″ watercolor on Fabriano 140-lb hot-pressed paper

#watercolorpainting #landscape #cloudscape #delta #mariapeagler


Golden Isles Bound

We travel to St. Simon’s Island and Jekyll Island every year, and the cloudscapes on the drive are incredible.

Ironically, I’ve found the most beautiful clouds and sunsets are in open spaces like interstates and large shopping mall parking lots.

This is my first painting for the #30paintingsin30days challenge. I’m focusing on a sky theme, and I’m excited to see the progress I make in my landscapes over the month.

It will be a challenge because we’re traveling for some time during September, so I’ll need to either paint on vacation or prepare some ahead of time.

Truly a joyful endeavor.

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.


8×10″ watercolor on Arches 300-lb cold-pressed paper

#watercolor #landscape #stsimonsisland #jekyllisland #mariapeagler

Ellijay Apple Orchards

In the north Georgia mountains, we’re getting close to apple season!

This is the view from the top of the orchard hillside in Ellijay, a town in our state known for its apples.

I used an impressionist palette of only three colors and did a lot of mixing for variety.

9×12 watercolor on cold-pressed paper. #landscape #appleorchards #ellijay #appalachians #watercolor #mariapeagler

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Cloudy Day in Banff

View of Banff National Park from downtown center. It was a cloudy day and the mountain tops were shrouded in fog.

People stopped to ask me questions about what I was painting and my process. Many artists don’t like questions, but I love talking to people I would never have the opportunity to meet otherwise.

Our family visits national parks often, and I have a time-honored tradition of getting their rubber stamp inked on my journals.  I also had them stamp this watercolor paper in the bottom right corner.

9×12″ watercolor on cold-pressed paper. $97 #landscape #watercolor #pleinair #banffnationalpark #mariapeagler

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Woodbridge Inn Water Tower

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Our little town has a famous chef: Hans Rueffert, who was on one of the Food Network’s reality chef shows years ago. His restaurant, The Woodbridge Inn, is a local favorite known for fresh, local dishes and creative pairings of food.

To get to the restaurant, you drive over this old wooden bridge with the huge water tower next to it. This scene is one of my favorites in downtown Jasper. I painted it plein air on a cloud day until lightning started, and then it was time for me to pack up! Fortunately, I got enough of this painted that I didn’t have to complete it at home.

9×12″, watercolor on cold-pressed paper, landscape, $75
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Blue Ridge Afternoon IV

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

#watercolor #blueridge #georgia #landscape #mountains #appalachians #mariapeagler

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