Friday, July 13, 2018

Contemporary Colorado Landscape Painting "Wildflower Season" by Colorado Artist Laura Reilly

"Wildflower Season"  
Original acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20 x 1.5
Dark espresso float frame

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Do you long for the high places where Colorado displays it's bounty?  Beautiful summer wildflowers are lush in the high valley of American Basin, with the San Juan Mountains as a backdrop.  The summer color is fleeting, but amazing when it's here!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Contemporary Colorado Wildflower Painting "Scarlet In the Sun" by Colorado Artist Laura Reilly

"Scarlet in the Sun"
Original acrylic on canvas, 12 x 9 x 1.5
Gallery wrapped, painted sides

Love the scarlet of indian paintbrush contrasted with the beautiful blue and greens of the mountains, scrub oak and willows in this secluded spot near Fairplay, Colorado.  
The reds and yellows sparkling in the sunshine fill my heart with joy!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Contemporary Colorado Wildflower Painting "Summer Sunshine" by Colorado Artist Laura Reilly

"Summer Sunshine"
Original acrylic on canvas, 16 x 8 x 1.5.
Gallery wrapped, painted sides

Colorado's summer wildflowers always inspire me to paint - I love the fresh colors, and the fleeting blooms underneath the aspen trunks.  This scene is in the high mountains, just north of Crested Butte, Colorado.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Commissioned Pikes Peak painting by Colorado Contemporary Artist Laura Reilly

Custom Commissioned Painting 
"Pikes Peak Perfection"
44 x 62

Original acrylic on canvas,

This was a fun painting to create for my customers!  They wanted the perfect view of Pikes Peak,
with a little snow on it and our classic blue sky with the clouds we get in the afternoon.
Some wildflowers, and a little path to invite you into the scene, and Pikes Peak welcoming you.
A success I think!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Contemporary Palette Knife Painting "Lovely Lilacs" by Colorado Artist Laura Reilly"

"Lovely Lilacs" - purchase info

original acrylic on gessoed panel10" x 8" x 3/4"

I know it's really spring when the lilacs are blooming!  I want to fill my arms with 
the scented boughs, and revel in their delightful fragrance.

this painting has black painted sides, for a dramatic contrast to the painting.  Palette knife technique adds rich texture to the subtle colors of the paint.  This painting would be lovely on a shelf, as well as on the wall - a reminder to keep spring in your heart all year long!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Winter Plein Air Painting by Colorado Contemporary Artist Laura Reilly

I've been longing to get outside for a little plein air painting, 
and yesterday was too nice a day to pass up!

Up on Mesa Rd., there's a tiny little piece of Open Space, 
a beautiful, dry wild landscape.

with gorgeous views of  the Peak.

Even though it was only 35 degrees out, I was in the sun and layered up -
 long underwear, painting shirt, fleece vest, fleece jacket - so I was toasty!  
It's been a long time since I painted with gloves on though.
The thin magic gloves work well.

a winter's day - plein air sketch, 12 x 12

 I still haven't mastered the selfie, but I'm working on it ! 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Contemporary Landscape Painting Amber Sunset by Colorado Artist Laura Reilly

The amber light of a gentle sunset illuminates the sky above an autumn hillside.
I am renewing my acquaintance with this paletter of colors - one of my favorites.

purchase info
12" x 12" x 1.5"

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Laura Reilly Fine Art Gallery Winter-Active Art Days

Friday, June 17, 2016

Colorado Artist Laura Reilly - Outdoor Painting Season 2016

I am enjoying this summer's open air painting immensely
 - painting en plein air, setting the landscape free. 

We hear so much about artists trying to "capture" a scene or landscape
 -  paintings in bondage, what a concept.
I dont' want to capture the landscape, I want to liberate it!

Here are some of this year's plein air paintings.  
I'm looking forward to painting a lot more during outdoor painting season,
and using some of these as studies for larger pieces in the studio.

"Eloquent" - original acrylic painting, 6" x 12", Purchase info

Painted at Lake San Isabel, Colorado.  While I painted, the biggest
bumblebee I've ever seen - 2" long -
 buzzed around in a patch of yellow wildflowers next to me.

"Fireweed" - original acrylic painting, 4" x 12", Purchase info

Painted at Rock Ledge Ranch. It's been mentioned that it's a little early for fireweed, 
and could these in fact be phlox?
Too funny, but probably true, lol!  Lesson learned,  can't always identify from google pics!

"Shadowplay" - original acrylic painting, 10" x 8", Purchase info

Painted in my garden here at home. 
A recurring theme for me, sunlight and deep shadows.
Irises have been spectacular this year!

"Victorian Lilacs" - original acrylic painting, 8" x 8". Sold

 I painted this at Acacia Park, here in Colorado Springs, while the lilacs were at their peak. 
While I painted, the warming sun  brought out the scent of the lilacs.

"White Crabapple in Bloom" original acryic painting, 8" x 8". Purchase info

The first plein air painting of the season, this was painted across the street from
BonTon's Cafe, right here in Colorado Springs.

There's nothing like painting out in the open - there's a feeling of life that infuses the paintings, and the painter too!  and - painting outdoors makes me a better studio painter.

If you want to see these as they are painted, 

I'm looking forward to sharing more of these gems with you this summer!

Contact Laura - or leave you comments below!