Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I realize I have not been keeping up with posting my paintings. I have been painting, just not posting. But I like this one the best of the last few days - from a picture I took of our dogwood in the front yard. But representative of all the dogwoods that I have seen this week in Arkansas.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
I think I got Rusty too dark. I need to do him larger so I can do justice to the subtle coloring of his coat.
On April 3 I took my first day off from painting since I started on January 3. That was the day that we put our dear Shasta to sleep. She was such a wonderful dog and I miss her very much.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Went to a Doobie Brothers concert Sunday night and was inspired to attempt this. The effect from a distance is pretty good. I masked the figures, but forgot to mask the lights - big mistake! I started with the colored streams of light, then did the darks, then back to the colored lights at the end. I think in retrospect I should have masked those as well and saved for last. I might try one like this again - it presented a lot of challenges.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I tried some different techniques on this one. Obviously did wet on wet. But started with glazes - yellow, then pink, then blue, then purple. I took the picture tonight - it is always fun to paint something that I saw just that day. I will work more on this tomorrow but I like it so far.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Well, its not a complete train wreck - yet! I think this looks better in the photo than it does in person. I am sticking with this but I have to admit, I considered just ripping this one up. Amazing though how adding some blue really helped. Whoever came up with the idea of complimentary colors really had something...
Friday, March 12, 2010
I promised myself I would do another larger painting - this is 1/4 sheet. I had a nice photo of roses to use as a reference. I always seem to go through a stage in a painting when I think to myself, "Oh what a disaster". This one is at that stage. Time to let it dry and give myself some space.
I am glad that I am thinking of all of these as training exercises.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Back to my comfort zone. Still need to remove the masking fluid and touch up. But very close to done. Didn't have much time to paint the last two nights. Tomorrow is also busy. Plan to do something more courageous over the weekend!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
In wandering around on artist web sites I came upon Nicholas Simmons -http://www.nicholassimmons.com/artist/index.htm
In an interview he said that he felt it was best for artists to start painting from their imagination rather than from a reference photo. Hmmm. Then he said that an even bigger mistake was to use a reference AND paint small. Ouch!! So tonight I went big and pushed my envelope. Here is the first step.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
True False Film Festival. Had so much fun going to 9 great documentary films this weekend!
These guys were really cool. I wish I could capture them better. They used an overturned paint bucket and bells on a shoe for percussion. Banjo or guitar or mandolin plus accordion for chords. The next night we had a full brass New Orleans band playing "Oh When the Saints Go Marchin' In".
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
I always get home late on Monday. Tonight I was more tired than usual so I really painted out of commitment and close to habit. I picked something I thought would be easy. But as usual, I started to really fall for my subject. I like how this is looking and cant wait to work on it more tomorrow night!
Funny how the painting in progress is always the one that I like the best.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I did this from a photo that my uncle took from his back deck that looks across the bay to the west. In low tide it is just very wet mud for quite a ways out.
I am still struggling to get the right look to clouds. I think next time I will paint the dark parts first and do the pink as a wash. I think that might blend better. But I like the way the water reflection turned out!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This was a day a couple of weeks ago. Day after day of fog here in the morning. I like the contrast of the pine tree in the foreground. It is hard to get the right look of the fine branches against the sky. I also am struggling with the pine needles. I need to practice on them more.
I like the light area between the pine and the other trees. That was not really there in my photo but I think it helps the composition of the painting. As Paul would say, I whipped out my artist's license!
Last fall in France we got caught in a rainstorm in Monet's gardens in Giverny. But the sun was still shining so there was light and color everywhere. We eventually found a nice table under an umbrella where we spent a couple of hours painting, eating and drinking wine. It was such a fun day!
The colors in the painting look more vivid than this picture. I need to get a better photo.
Monday, February 15, 2010
I took some photos tonight at sunset - nothing real special about this particular sunset but I liked the way the sun was a big orange ball on the horizon. As I looked more at the photo I noticed the lovely variations in the clouds on the diagonal. I think this made a nice painting. I am happy with the values I got in the foreground and distance.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
There is this big pine tree not far from my house that always looks so pretty against the sky. It is hard to strike the right balance between realistic and leaving a little for the viewer's imagination.
There is snow on the ground that is masked out. Will work more on this tomorrow.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Added leaves and shadows tonight. I still need to rub off the masking fluid and trim things up a bit. But I am liking it!
As I was walking in to work today I was noticing the light on the windows, the refridgeration units. Seems like painting opens your eyes to the beauty that is all around. I hope that feeling lasts...
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I started this one last night after getting home about 9:30pm. I have included the photo that I was working from so you can see where this was going. I was happy with what I had so far and looked forward to working on it tonight. But when I got home I could not find my sketchbook. Of course I immediately thought "poltergeist" but then reminded myself that it is usually me that just mislaid whatever is missing. However, I then saw evidence that my sweet Golden Retriever, Tahoe, had been in the area where I left my sketchbook. She has shown an attraction for watercolor paints before so I immediately began to search for sketchbook fragments. I finally found it outside. Only one of the 5 paintings was not destroyed.
I keep telling people this is not about the painting but rather the act of painting. I guess I need to believe that now.
I am starting this painting over tonight.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
There is one place where I can get a view of Jesse Hall and Memorial Union just over the horizon. Last night the moon was rising right next to them and it looked enormous.
I think this painting is proof positive you CAN get too dark with watercolor!
Update - this painting was chewed up by Tahoe the Golden Retriever art critic.