Sunday, August 21, 2016

It is finished . . .

After several incarnations, I believe this painting is finished.

From photos taken from a neighbor's farm, I enjoyed the usual struggle of color, balance, detail, but I believe it's finally 'there'.
With a few more touches, off to its new owner.
Here's to completing work.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Watercolor on canvas . . .

The beta test.

Challenged with creating two unique pieces for a fundraiser, I decided to try a new technique with an old medium. Well, not so old really. Just one I am familiar with.

All artists were given one or two 8x8 canvases on which they were to work in any medium to create work that would be donated for auction at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd, Minnesota.

I really enjoy working in watercolor and was wanting to try the canvas prepped with watercolor ground to see how watercolor reacted with it. I have to say that while it was fun and gave me different surface than the cold-press 140gm paper, it was like painting on chalk. The paint seemed to soak up quickly and I lost vibrancy. It would take more glazing to achieve the depth of color I'm used to. And if I left it for a while and came back to add another layer of color, the watercolor tended to bead up. If I am wrong that this is how it reacts in a typical fashion, then I simply need to do more and keep practicing.

Overall, I'm happy with the results and will give it a go on other materials.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Work in progress . . .

This is one project I cannot seem to get far enough away from to critique my progress.
Taking a photo is the perfect way for me to judge those weak areas.
I seem to have them here and I'm trying to find solutions.
Not always easy to do.
Work in progress.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A special project . . .

It's the hardest thing to put the first stroke of paint on a blank canvas.
I always start with such timidity but once that color changes from ground to atmosphere,
I'm headed in deep.

This is a special project for a friend who loves my expansive landscapes.
They have a gorgeous section of land not too far away from me and she wants a piece that she can hang high on the wall. That gives me permission to use big blocks of color and be more impressionistic in application. Not much detail. But that's the best part of impressionism and abstraction. Freeing.

One thing for sure.
Taking pictures along the way give you the perspective of backing away far enough to see how it's all coming together.
First photo after clouds were added.
I noticed how lopsided the composition was with the clouds too distracting.
Beautiful, but distracting.
I feathered them out and added balance in another cloud shape to the left.
Now to tone down the drive and the rise of the hill a bit.

Monday, July 11, 2016

It's that time of year . . .

Yep, time to stock up on pics of all of my daylilies so I can stay busy with painting and colored pencil work for the next 11 months. So here you go:
A gift from a friend, this one has no name. One day I will come across one like it so I can identify it.

Friday, July 1, 2016

America's Heart . . .

The land of the free and the home of the brave.
Independence Day 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lazy . . .

Tell the truth.
Is it lazy to spend a summer morning indoors deep in watercolor?