Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Late Evening - Seascape Painting continued

I am getting close to the finish on this one. I will look at it a bit more and decide what needs to be done. Maybe break up that long wave and make it lie a bit flatter. May decide to add people and brighter lights in the some of the distant buildings. My camera really makes the darks darker. The foreground is not a black but has reds, greens, purples, blues and yellows in it.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Seascape Painting Step 4

It is Christmas morning and I hope all the stockings were filled to the brim. I added a figure last night but am disappointed that the camera isn't picking up the reflective light on the back of the figure. Maybe with daylight, I can get a better photo. I have to change the composition of the buildings as they are spaced a bit too symmetrically. The light area in the sand in the foreground will be toned or muted down a bit. The wave action around the figure will be changed as well. Wish me Luck and good brain, eye, hand coordination!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Seascape Painting Continued

This 3rd layer was to work the color in more, trying to grey the water. I'm becoming more pleased with the clouds now need to pull the rest of it together by creating more form, straightening the horizon line and wave lines.

Merry Christmas one and all!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Seascape in Progress Painting

I began this large acrylic painting this week, 48" x 30". The photo here shows the 2nd layer of painting. It is hard to tell right now that is will be a beach scene. The goal here is not to paint the photograph as it is but to imagine myself walking along this beach and the feelings it evokes in me and convey those feelings/mood in this painting.

The copyright free reference photo I used is by Late Bloomer of Wet Canvas. I chose this photograph to paint because it has a beautiful late evening contemplative mood. The mood where one walks along or sits on the beach and all is quiet except for the sounds of the surf. A time to reflect or a time of peace. For me each painting is an adventure, never knowing if it will turn out as I have envisioned it or if it will have white gesso applied to it to wipe out everything that was painted.

Acrylic Dog Painting

This is my first dog painting and I found it exciting to paint. Painted on gessoed unstretched canvas, it measures 10" x 13". This original painting can easily be mounted to hardboard or placed under a mat and framed.

Painting white or off-white is not as easy as one would think. Light cast on an animal or an object casts a certain color, then there are the colors from the surroundings. It may not be my best painting but it is my best dog painting, *grin*.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Seascape in Progress

12-05-06 I started this acrylic painting today. At first, I had the clouds going in more of a diagonal direction, then changed my mind. So I had to sand down the texture as much as I could and added more gesso so the area previously painted would not show through.

24" x 18" on gessoed masonite. I will let this rest overnight and look at it with fresh eyes and in daylight, to see what, if anything, needs to be changed.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Painting Junk

12-01-06 I have a small painting that needs to be mailed today. Is the painting done??? Not yet! It appears to be one of those times that no matter what I paint it turns to junk. Perhaps my mind is on the experiments I want to do that will help me to see and paint better. I thought to share these trying moments by writing them out, hoping that will help me focus on what has to be accomplished in the moment.