Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Getting Ready

If you look close, you can see the deer near the tree line. This photo was taken in June, 2007.

For the last couple of days I have been trying to take decent photos of a few paintings that I want to enter in two art shows. So far haven't had much luck but it is cloudy today and that may help with the lighting outside. It has been a busy time trying to get ready for the show plus myriad ofther things that crops into one's day.

It is also a time of introspection. I lost one of my long time pets a couple of days ago and it is like missing a piece of myself. Strangely, he had rather "don't mess with me" eyes as only a cat can have but he had the sweetest nature especially when getting what he wanted, petting or food.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Yellow Series Landscape 2 - Final

I am calling this one finished. I have to say that it was a struggle but overall I do like it. As always there are areas I would perhaps do differently. One thing I learned in this painting though is to use natural daylight for painting greens and yellows. They can look very garish if painted under inside lighting, then taken outside to photograph. Always a shocker that.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Yellow Series Landscape 2

08-25-07 Update. Here are the two paintings side by side. The camera used is a Sony for the 2nd painting. I think there are still a couple of areas that need work but it is getting closer to finished.

I am struggling with this painting. It is hard to explain but sometimes the magic is there from the beginning. The feeling of being in tune with the brush and canvas.

This photo shows what has been added and changed. Have to wait until daylight to review before continuing.

08-20-07 Another lay in of color massing in shapes and color on a 24" x 12" gessoed panel. I added Cobalt Turquoise to the palette of Quinacradone Gold, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, gesso, along with yellow ochre. Right now the water looks like it is going uphill but the main purpose for posting is to look at the undertones of the painting and evaluate changes that need to made so that it will look more cohesive and interesting. The paints used are Stephen Quiller, Golden and Liquitex, all professional artist quality.

Friday, August 17, 2007

On My Easel

Another photo showing the progression of the painting. I added a Lemon yellow to the palette.

This is where the painting stands after painting a few hours today. Still using the same colors, created texture in the sand and water as well as in the middle ground mountains.

The start of a new acrylic painting, 24" x 12" gessoed panel. Blocked in the color with a sponge using Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Quinacradone Gold, Burnt Sienna and gesso. Reference source, Wet Canvas Reference Image Library.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Computer Work

Not any painting done while I revamped my personal website. It is quite time consuming to add photos, check and recheck links. In some ways, it is like a trip down memory lane as some of the paintings are like old friends. Some I post because they are milestones of things I've learned about painting.

Stay tuned though because tonight I am applying gesso to boards so that I can begin painting tomorrow. Several layers of gesso are applied and each layer has to dry thoroughly and is sanded before each new coat is applied.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Camellias in Watercolor

I added a few leaves at the top, darkened the left flower and scraped out some highlights in it. The table top was also darkened in areas. This photo was taken under different lighting.

10" x 8" watercolor of camellias on Arches cold press watercolor paper. Reference photo by SweetBabyJ, Wet Canvas Reference Image Library.

I used Daniel Smith watercolors Quin. Coral, Quin. Red, Carmine, Cobalt Blue, Naples Yellow. Plus Holbein Scarlet Lake along with a Hookers Green and a Payne's Gray that was in my palette.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Quick Landscape Study

This is a 7" x 5" study painted with oils on unstretched canvas stapled to mat board. The Landscape Forum at Wet Canvas has a new landscape project each month. This month there are three photos from which to choose, painting one or all. I thought this the perfect opportunity to practice painting with less detail, trying more for a gestural look than a more stiff, formal look.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Seascape SWAP Painting

For the quarterly SWAP of paintings, I received this in the mail from Georgina Jones of Canada. Isn't it a beautiful watercolor!

Monitor Settings

My monitor settings messed up and I hope they are corrected. I noticed some of the photos on the blog are showing dark. The last photo of the Strawberry Queen looks right on my monitor, so if it is showing really dark or really light on your monitor, let me know.