Daisies and Mount Hood

How do these paintings come about, you ask.  Let's go on a photographic journey through my visual and conceptual painting process so you can peek inside the mind of an adventurous artist. I began with an idea of painting beautiful Mount Hood and some crazy grass colors. I painted this from my head with no photographic reference.

This first painting was created from my head. I was painting Mt. Hood and wanted to play with crazy grass colors and added the daisies to created interest.  20x24 - sold from Pine Street Bakery. 

This first painting was created from my head. I was painting Mt. Hood and wanted to play with crazy grass colors and added the daisies to created interest.  20x24 - sold from Pine Street Bakery. 

Photo taken from my friend's home in Underwood, Washington

Photo taken from my friend's home in Underwood, Washington

I was excited when while at Columbia Crest Vineyards, in Underwood, Washington, I spotted these beautiful daisies. I laid down low on the ground to get the flowers to break the plane of the mountain just like the previous work done from my imagination. 

Now I had the photographic reference for the painting I'd conceptualized a year earlier. I had to edit out some flowers and sharpen the mountain image.

18x24 - $400 - available

18x24 - $400 - available

Here is how my first painting turned out. I used the photographic reference a lot and kept the colors fairly close to the image. 

36x48 - custom

36x48 - custom

I was pretty happy with the first painting when a friend requested a custom version for a prime spot, over her fireplace. So this new version was created. I felt the daisies in the first one were a bit fussy, so I played it loose with these and shifted the colors to an autumn sunset sort of tone. My friend suggested the chartreuse color, which I love.