Hibiscus by Curt Ives Oil ~ 24 x 20 Sometimes you don't have to look far to find subjects to paint. This was in my backyard. I love the vivid red of this hibiscus, but painting red can be problematic. Trying to make a dark red or shadow is difficult, but a light red is next to impossible. If you add white to red paint, you get PINK, not light red. So it was a bit of a challenge to show light and dark areas but I was pretty happy with the result.
Red Skies at Night by Curt Ives Oil ~ 24 x 20 I really enjoyed how this turned out. It's a simple painting. As the saying goes, "Red skies at night, sailors delight". I can picture this sailor coming in after a day in the bay to calm seas and warm summer nights.
Fountain at Tlaquepaque by Curt Ives Oil ~ 24 x 30 Tlaquepaque is a shopping center in Sedona. It has beautiful architecture, art galleries and boutiques. You can spend most of the day there. I was particularly struck by the architecture and fountains and took many photo's. This was the result of one of them.
Garden of the Gods by Curt Ives Oil ~ 40 x 30 Garden of the Gods is just northwest of Colorado Springs. It's has large, thin rocks, shooting out of the earth towards the blue sky. A must see if you're in the area.
Cathedral Rock, Sedona by Curt Ives Oil ~ 5 x 7 For Christmas one year we spent a week in Sedona and had some of the most amazing hikes I've ever been on. I took hundreds of photographs. This is a small study of Cathedral Rock. I'll be doing a series on Sedona based on my hikes.