landscape

Cloudscapes #22 - #30

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It has been such a fantastic month... getting to share all the cloudscape paintings and still being inspired by this subject. Here are the last installments of the series for this month... cloudscapes #23

Cloudscapes #22

Clouds #23

Cloudscapes #23

Clouds #25

Cloudscapes #24

Clouds #26

Cloudscapes #25

Cloudscapes #27

Cloudscapes #26

Cloudscapes #28

Cloudscapes #27

Cloudscapes #29

Cloudscapes #28

Cloudscapes #30

Cloudscapes #29

Cloudscapes #31

Cloudscapes #30

I have already begun to paint more of them, however I do not know if I will be able to post one for each day of the month... maybe but then maybe not.

Cloudscapes #8 - #14

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Thank you for all your support with this series! I am so happy to have the opportunity to share these paintings with you on a daily basis via my facebook page and here as well. These are the cloud paintings of this past week.

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Cloudscapes #8

clouds #10

Cloudscapes #9

Clouds #11

Cloudscapes #10

Clouds #12

Cloudscapes #11

Clouds #13

Cloudscapes #12

Clouds #14

Cloudscapes #13

Clouds #15

Cloudscapes #14

One of the things that I love about this series is how expressive clouds are. Each scene provides an opportunity to explore different ways to handle paint in an emotive way, using color, texture, and edge quality.

Cloudscapes #1-#7

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This month I am participating in a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge hosted on Leslie Saeta's blog. Instead of posting a new painting everyday this month on my blog, I have been posting each one on my facebook page. Here are the seven paintings I have posted so far... Clouds #1

Cloudscapes #1

Clouds #2

Cloudscapes #2

Clouds #3

Cloudscapes #3

Clouds 4

Cloudscapes #4

Clouds #6

Cloudscapes #5

clouds #7

Cloudscapes #6

Clouds #8

Cloudscapes #7

This September, I will share a summary of this week's paintings every weekend.

To learn more about this series, what inspired me to paint it and how I am displaying it in my home, feel free to read this blogpost.

Smitten with the Sky...

Cloudscapes #1-#30
Cloudscapes #1-#30

Smitten with the Sky Series, Cloudscapes #1-#30

Sometime several years ago while outside painting, I spent the time focusing on painting the sky instead of the landscape in front of me. This experience stuck with me.

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20130901 clouds-scapes-bedroom-2

Last year, I took some of the cloud studies and grouped them and framed them as a mosaic, and I just loved the effect. In fact this framed grouping has been gracing our bedroom since then, as I find it to be so soothing.

So earlier this year, I began painting more of these cloudscapes on 6 x 6 inch masonite panels. The more I painted, the more I loved how they looked together…

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20130722 cloud-scapes-with-feet

…and now I have 30 of these cloudscapes gracing our bedroom.

 The paintings were hung in a grouping of 30 directly to the wall with archival acid-free tape.

The paintings were hung in a grouping of 30 directly to the wall with archival acid-free tape.

Some of these skies were from various weekend getaways S. and I have taken over the years or from trips to Texas when visiting my grandmother.

This series is very personal and each painting is a love letter to myself and to my husband… something from me, of our time together and where we have been.

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UPDATE NOVEMBER 2017:

After moving into our new home in December 2016 and not finding a special home for these paintings, I have decided to offer a portion of the series available for sale.  Please see my Special Sale Page for more information.  

 

Loudoun County Hay Fields, 5 x 9 inches

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Loudoun County Hay Fields

Loudoun County Hay Fields

Explore, grow, and evoke an emotional response. My overall goal in my art and in life…

Lately, my mind is going in so many directions that I feel it is hard to focus… these are the times when I embrace the “explore” part the most, I want to try new techniques, I want to think about new projects, and I do not have the patience to stay still… instead I just buzz about hoping to find something that will grab my attention, so I can mentally slow down and begin to absorb all the thoughts and ideas, and begin to grow.

The day I took the reference photo of this painting, I was in a similar mindset. S. and I were out celebrating our fifth anniversary… it was a glorious autumn day, S. found a four-leaf clover early in the day, and I was sharing with him all the excitement I had about my new hobby, blogging.

My mind was full of the ideas and the potential that blogging would bring into my life… and looking back at the years that have followed, I am amazed by how all those fluttering of feelings have come true.

Thank you for being a part of this fun experience,

Liz

Loudoun County Hay Fields

{How the painting looks matted and ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}
approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }
Matted painting: $175.00 starting bid + S&H

Loudoun County Fields, 5 x 9 inches

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landscape painting by Elizabeth Floyd

{a recent landscape painting, Loudoun County Fields, with other items gathered and found over the years}

 My goal with blogging is to inspire the idea of... living a creative life...  something that has been foremost in my mind for the last few months... because it asks more from me... it asks me to think of my life as a whole, not to compartmentalize... instead to embrace all my interests and those of others.

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When I started this blog 5-1/2 years ago, I was very strict in compartmentalizing my life. I had a "work" life, I had a "personal" life, and I had an "art" life. I did not let them cross because if I had, it would have been totally obvious that I was biding my time in architecture until the day came that I could leave it to pursue being an artist. It felt safer keeping that secret, and just treating the different areas of my life separately.

After leaving architecture, life and art became more unified, but I still maintained the separation... this time out of habit rather than need. Then the big game changer occurred... I became the mother of a precious daughter, and I no longer wanted to compartmentalize my life so much. I wanted to share everything I was doing... the art creation.... the sewing projects... the cooking... the crafts... and just living in general.

Being a mother, a wife, and an artist was just the way I was... I am.

And this blog has become the place where I share all these interests... it has become so much more, where I express my ideas, thoughts, and dreams... Going forward I will share more... art... inspiration... recipes... craft projects... and whatever else makes for living a creative life.  And I hope you will join in and share the creative activities that make your life so special also as well...

Thanks for being with me so far, knowing you stop by and comment is a very important part of my life.

Liz

 

Loudoun County Fields

{How the painting looks matted and ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}
approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }
Matted painting: $175.00 starting bid + S&H

Snowy Vermont Landscape 2, 5 x 9 inches

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Snowy Vermont Farmland 2

Snowy Vermont Farmland 2

Okay, I have to admit that the New England states hold a strong sense of mystique in my mind. Having only visited Boston twice in my life, I have a limited experience of the region. So maybe it is because I do not have much to go on from personal experience, that this year I am enamored with these northern states, and especially any picturesque snowy scene.

This is another landscape painting of Vermont farmland under a thick layer of snow. I can feel the hush in the air, and imagine how the distance is blurry because of the heavy snowfall... and the comfort and warmth of a crackling fire going inside somewhere cozy...

Snowy Vermont Farmland 2

{How the painting looks matted, ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}
approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }
Matted painting: $175.00 starting bid + S&H

Related posts:

Snowy Vermont Farmland

Snow-scape of Rural Virginia

Snowy Vermont Farmland, 5 x 9 inches

landscape painting of Vermont Farmland covered in snow

Snowy Vermont Farmland

Its nearing the end of January and so far, winter has not really arrived in the way of snow. So I have been experimenting with painting snowy landscapes in the studio.

Working from photographs is new for me, as I have always preferred to paint from life. I have found this to be a bit liberating, because when working from a photo I feel like I can alter and interpret the colors more, knowing that photos never "truly" record color accurately. So I shift colors, warm or cool, play with variations within the same value range, and even make stuff up if I want a specific feeling to occur.

I am beginning to love this series because of all the additional design freedom that is involved with each painting.

Here is a detail of the how I warmed up the foreground and cooled and neutralized the background. In life I love the "lace" that bare trees make, and I am going to continue to work on representing this detail in paint

Have a wonderful day, and I hope you stay warm. Liz

{How the painting looks matted, ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}

Snowy Vermont Farmland

approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }
Matted painting: $175.00 starting bid + S&H

Snow-scape of Rural Virginia, 5 x 9 inches

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landscape painting of rural Virginia covered in snow

Rural Virginia – Snow Scene

Have you ever notice how blue the sky is on a sunny winter day when there is snow on the ground? The deep blue of the sky is something I love on sunny winter day.

Over the holidays I watched many facebook feeds of friends who were posting photos of snowy landscapes, and I was jealous. I so wanted to have a snowy holiday season and to see Naomi frolic in the snow in her new snow-bibs we had gotten for her, just in case...

This week I finally accepted that the DC region may not get cold enough for snow this winter, so I dug into some photo archives and painted a snow scene from about three years ago. And I have to say this did satisfy my longing for snow...

{How the painting looks matted, ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}

Matted landscape painting of rural Virginia

Rural Virginia – Snow Scene

approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }
Matted painting: $175.00 + S&H

Fields and Sky Landscape Painting, 5 x 9 inches

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Rural Virginia 4

approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }
Matted painting: $175.00 starting bid + S&H

Do you love the open road? When you want to get away, do you drive in your car, like Peter Gabriel sings In Your Eyes?

For me, the answer is yes to these questions and many more that delve into the subject of self discovery and the road trip. For I love the American landscape, the openness, the scenes that fly by when driving fast on an interstate, and the fleeting images that also fill my mind when I look back on an era and thinki about the places visited then.

And these ideas are the inspiration behind this new series of landscape paintings, On the Road.

Over the next year, I hope to paint many views of the American landscape, some from photos I have taken, and most from photos given to me by others. Currently, I am looking for photo submissions, so please send me some from one of your favorite road trips and let's see where this painted journey will take us.

{How the painting looks matted, ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}

Feel free to send an email {contact@elizabethfloyd.com} with a few of your images, please use "On the Road Photos" in the subject line. 
Thanks,
Liz

Rural Virginia 4, 5 x 9 inches

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Rural Virginia 4

approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }
Matted painting: $175.00 starting bid + S&H

Another installment of rural virginia from a summer road trip.

Today, I drove out to the Front Royal area to deliver some paintings and so wanted to snap some photos for this series but because I was driving and had Naomi in the car with me, I deemed it too dangerous to try to drive and photograph... It was almost torture because I was so captivated by the patterns created by golden fields and the lines of trees that separated the fields.

Now that the leaves are mostly down from the trees, this week I have been fascinated with how the edge of the trees interact with the sky.

What have you noticed this week?

{How the painting looks matted, ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}

 

Rural Virginia 3, 5 x 9 inches

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Rural Virginia 3

approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }
Matted painting: SOLD

Being inspired by the idea of the open road, I have been diving into more landscape paintings... Here is another scene from southern Virginia, along the James River.

As the days have gone by, I have begun to call this series of landscape paintings On the Road... so please stay tuned for more to come.

{How the painting looks matted, ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}

 

Rural Virginia 2

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Rural Virginia 2

approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }
SOLD

I am busy on new landscapes, all inspired by road trips. A lot of ideas are floating around in my head, ideas coming from all sorts of places, making it hard to gather them all together and coherently sharing them with you. As soon as everything falls into place, you will hear about it.

Thanks for stopping in and reading, I so appreciate your visits!

Liz

{How the painting looks matted, ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}

Rural Virginia - loving living here

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{sorting photos into groups}

Twelve years ago I moved to the mid-Atlantic region, and like many twenty-somethings I thought my time here would be a short stint to build some career credentials (I was newly graduated from architecture school). Well, a lot has happened since then, like I am now a full-time artist, and I call Virginia my home, a place I never want to move away from.

One of my favorite things to do with S. is to go on weekend road trips around the region. Often I am in the passenger seat, soaking in the views, and often I am snapping photos of glimpses of the landscape. These photos may not be masterpieces, but I love them because when I view them, I am taken back in time. Reminded of where we were in our relationship and of all the hopes and dreams we were contemplating then.

Tons of photos have been taken, some so beautiful, others not, maybe because of a blurred power pole or something else marring the scene.

I have always wanted to somehow save these photos and then I realized they would be great as paintings. Salvaging the beauty within while also overcoming any shortcomings. This idea has me so inspired that I am going through all our road trip photos and looking at them with a new eye, one with a mind on how to paint them...

So, expect to see more in the future, and here is my first one of rural Virginia, down near Smithfield or Jamestown VA.

Rural Virginia

approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }
NFS

{How the painting looks matted, ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}

Great Falls {en plein air}

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Potomac River Series 29 - Great Falls

{approx 5" x 9" (12.7 x 22.9 cm) – oil on gessoed paper}

When creating art, I find I am totally focused on the present, in tune with my surroundings and eager to understand and know what is before me better than I ever have before. When I go outside to paint, awareness grows stronger in me and I feel invigorated and inspired with life.

Yesterday a friend and fellow artist reminded me of a quote by Eugene Boudin

"Everything that is painted directly and on the spot has always a strength, a power, and a vivacity of touch"

I think this belief in the strength of being in the moment and interacting with it as an equal participant applies to all aspects of life. By being present and involved the sense of self grows.

I hope this post inspires you to engage in your world and to find areas where you can interact in a direct method, just like painting on location.

In the October Art League Show!

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Spanish Colonnade 18” x 24” Oil on Canvas SOLD

I wanted to share that this painting was selected for The Art League’s October All-Media Membership Show, the juror was Marlene Rothacker. Ms. Rothacker serves as Senior Exhibitions and Marketing Manager for International Arts and Artists, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts.

The Opening Reception will be held in the gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Sunday, October 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, and here is a link if you are curious about the Art League that is located in the Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria, http://www.theartleague.org/

I worked on this painting on and off since the end of May, there was a period this summer where all devoted painting time was dedicated to this piece. I am very happy with its outcome and to date this is the largest and most developed painting I have completed. I used the typical wet-in-wet techniques that I like so much, and I also played with glazing to deepen the shaded areas of the scene. This image is adapted from a 1999 photograph I took in Carmona, Spain as I was completing research for my Master’s of Architecture thesis.

This painting has been sold.