untitled (2261)

untitled (2261), 9
untitled (2261), 9″ x 12″, oil on board, © Anita C. Miller

Process:  an oil sketch with Gamsol (solvent) brushed over when partially dry.  Parts were wiped with a cloth.

minimal landscape

I painted this one yesterday in one shot.  I never intended it to be this minimal, but something is telling me to stop.  This photo was taken under studio lights, unfortunately.  It’s been a dark and rainy week here.  Colors used:  Italian yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, burnt umber and titanium zinc oxide.  All Williamsburg brand paints.

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untitled, 48″ x 36″, oil, © Anita C. Miller

 

10 Alaska sketches

caribou
caribou
same caribou -- antlers are a challenge to draw!
caribou — antlers are a challenge to draw!
abstract spruce forest
abstract spruce forest
ridge line in fog and rain - looks a bit like watercolor but is really water soluble graphite
ridge line in fog and rain -water soluble graphite which looks like watercolor a bit.
the top of a glacier
the top of a glacier
a glacier
another glacier
a small glacier
a small vertical glacier — these glaciers are receding fast as I’m sure you already know.
a lone tree -- there were lots of puffins flying around here, too!
a lone tree on a cliff–  lots of puffins flying around here, too, but I couldn’t draw them!
sled dog in training
sled dog in training
moose -- a weird animal to draw -- trying NOT to make it look like a horse!
moose

bright red x 2

red sailboarder

“Red Sailboard”, oil on archival panel, 5″ x 5″

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red buoy

“The Red Buoy”, oil on archival panel, 6″ x 6″

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The three sailboats were practicing turns around a buoy off of

Northwestern University (where there is a sailing club).

I had fun putting touches of very bright red into these monochromes.

Green Sea Turtle ~ 6″ x 6″

green sea turtle

oil on archival panel

© Anita C. Miller 2013

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When my husband and I visited Oahu recently, this gorgeous Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle came up on the beach.  We were about the first people to see him and I got a few photos before the naturalist roped off the area.  It was interesting to learn that this particular turtle often comes ashore to rest on this beach.  Such a special moment to see this creature in the wild!

prairie ~ 5″ x 5″

prairie

oil on archival panel (Gessobord)  5″ x 5″ x 1/8″, unframed

© Anita C. Miller

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I liked putting in the texture for the grasses and scraped through the paint (sgraffito) for added texture.  The sky, on the other hand, is quite smooth.

lake 12 ~ 8″ x 10″

lake 13

oil on archival panel

© Anita C. Miller 2013

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I used Williamsburg Graphite Grey and a bit of Portland Grey light by Gamblin.  The Graphite grey is a cooler grey than the other.  The light areas aren’t white paint but actually the gesso layer exposed.

 

morning beach 8″ x 8″

morning beach study

oil on archival panel

© Anita C. Miller 2013

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This painting had a lot of details and I didn’t think it was working… so I brushed over it with a large brush, and voila… details gone and I’m much happier.  This painting inspired the larger painting of the same title.

 

breakers 5″ x 5″ [sold]

breakers

oil on archival panel (Gessobord)  5″ x 5″ x 1/8″, unframed

© Anita C. Miller

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This painting was inspired by the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan which is about a mile from where I live.  It could be any large body of water, really….  I loved the challenge of painting the waves and giving movement to them.  I am happy with the outcome and I can feel the fresh air when I look at this.

I used just Chromatic black (Gamblin) plus white this time to make 4 shades of this blue-green-grey color.  This was painted over a Portland grey (Gamblin) underpainting so some of that warm grey color is showing through especially in the lower left corner.