Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sweet August, White Hydrangea Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

Stopped by Berns Garden Center and they had the most spectacular white hydrangeas in full bloom. This local garden center is a favorite haunt of mine, always something new and incredible color.
Day 21 of "A Tribute to a Beautiful Earth" with the Daily Painters Gallery
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Your Own Backyard, Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

This is painting number 300!
These are in full bloom now, show offs in the back yard. Bright sunny flowers with warm colors. The birds are merrily picking away at the seeds. We didn't plant these, they grew from seeds dropped from the bird feeder. I watched the DVD "Queen of Trees" (again) which was broadcast on public television but available on DVD. I don't know what it is about that one hour journey that takes one through the seasons of a fig tree that compels me to watch it over and over. It's the story of how so many things on the earth are dependent on each other for life. It combines a complex nature experience with beautiful music and photography. Maybe I should have named this painting "Queen of Sunflowers"
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

March Thaw

There are those times of year when the muse is napping. February and March are some of those months. One thing for sure, even on the most dismal gray days if you can catch the sunrise or sunset it transforms the landscape. This is a farm again on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The farm equipment appeared to be waiting patiently for spring.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Voice of America Park, Westchester, Ohio by Linda McCoy

Nice that this beautiful area is being preserved as a park. The grounds are beautiful, natural areas mixed with some landscaping, lake, walking paths, and of course the ducks! It's still in development, a lovely addition to the community with a long history......
Starting in 1944 during World War II "Voice of America" transmitted American propaganda abroad on shortwave frequencies. The Office of War Information began broadcasting in July 1944. The facility was taken over by the State Department in 1945. It became part of the newly created United States Information Agency in 1953 .
The facility was closed on November 14, 1994 because of changing technologies as the transmissions shifted to satellites. The towers were brought down and most of the land was turned over to the county and township for use as a park. Part in the southwest corner was sold to developers who have erected a shopping center called the Voice of America Centre. There is also a Museum on the grounds. Miami University is planning to open a satellite campus on a portion of the land, this building is under construction.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas Sold
Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Morning Sunlight, Watercolor by Linda McCoy

The flowers are from the Farmers Market in Lebanon. Fortunately we have many of these markets around the Cincinnati area. I'm not sure what's more fun, shopping or kibitzing with the farmers.
These little watercolors are quite detailed and usually take a series of days to complete. The first wash is loose and colorful, I try to let it peek through and not tame it too much. I use the same colors in watercolor as I do in oil. Occasionally I will use burnt umber in oil, but never in watercolor. (No burnt Sienna either or raw umber.) These stain the paper and if you make a mistake nearly impossible to correct. This painting only consists of a few colors, Winsor yellow, Aureolin, Winsor Red, Permanent Rose, Ultramarine blue and Antwerp blue. There is a little use of Winsor Green to gray the dark background (ultramarine blue, antwerp and permanent rose.) Winsor Newton 140lb cold pressed paper. Winsor Newton series 7 sable brushes. These are so expensive they should be insured by Lloyds of London (just kidding!) but they work beautifully. I know artists who are afraid to try watercolor. I say it's just a piece of paper, go for it! If you use transparent colors on Arches or Winsor Newton paper your "Oops" can be lifted with a q-tip dampened with water.
There's that little purple pumpkin again. Once again in the sunlight, I love the abstract shapes of of light that peek through the flower stems.
Day 10 of the Beautiful Earth Series on The Daily Painters Gallery 8"X8" Watercolor $100.00

Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Cirque de Verre

Day 6 of the "Beautiful Earth" themed paintings on the Daily Painters Gallery.
I will restrain myself from posting my own comments about what I was thinking while painting this one. I think I will let the viewer draw their own conclusions. Have fun! 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.
Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Findlay Market Cincinnati, Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

Just a really great place! The buildings are painted in pastel colors, window boxes everywhere giving the market a European feeling. If you are ever in Cincinnati, this is a must see! I was here this past Saturday with Rachel, we had a great time. It was really busy.
Here is a little history, compliments of Wikipedia:
Findlay Market was founded in 1852, on land donated for the purpose by the estate of James Findlay. The market is located north of downtown Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine, a historic neighborhood known for its dense concentration of Italianate architecture. Open Wednesday through Saturday, with some vendors open on Sunday, Findlay Market is home year-around to about two dozen indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods. On Saturdays from March to December, the Market also hosts a farmers market, outdoor vendors, street performers, and special events. Findlay Market is a gathering place for people from all over the city. It routinely attracts perhaps the most socially, economically, racially, and ethnically diverse crowds found anywhere in Cincinnati.
9"X12" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas SOLD
Day five of the "Tribute to a Beautiful Earth" theme at the Daily Painters Gallery

Monday, August 04, 2008

Lisanthius In Watercolor by Linda McCoy

Day four of the Daily Painters "Tribute to a Beautiful Earth"
Day three I was out enjoying the beautiful earth, and did not post. This past Saturday I was at Findlay Market in Cincinnati. There is a lot to take in there, but these flowers commonly known as "Bluebells" really caught my eye. They also come in purple, lavender and white. When I went to set them up to paint, I put them in a vase and fully intended to paint them that way. Fooling around with the composition I took a few out of the water and placed them in the shadows created by the lanky stems in the vase. That really captured my attention as I found the abstract shapes interesting. It is 7"X7" watercolor on Winsor Newton Paper

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Present Under Glass

Day three of the "Tribute to a Beautiful Earth" project on the Daily Painters Gallery.
I was going to name this the "Greenhouse Effect" however I'm not knowledgeable enough about that subject to comment. I do wonder though what the world will be like in the future. Will we go to museums to see flowers pressed under glass because we can't grow them any longer? Will we visit art museums to see what a floral arrangement used to look like? A bowl of fruit? Animals?People? Just a little something to think about.

6" X 6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy

Friday, August 01, 2008

Peach and Pears, Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

These little pears were ripped off a tree during a severe thunderstorm. A special little person noticed them scattered on the ground and brought them in for me to paint. So perfect! He was after me all day to paint them, and when I was finished he was so delighted. In past years once the pears are really ripening the bug level is off the charts. We don't use any insectide on these so the bees (where are they anyway?) and wasps have a field day. The ones that fall to the ground are dessert for the squirrels after a main course of sunflower seeds deftly scooped away from the birds.
The peach is a grocery store variety, perfect in everyway. I wonder about them though, you can't see or smell the pesticides. But they're there. Waiting for our first unsuspecting bite.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas
All paintings are copyright by Linda McCoy 2008