Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More on the Landscape

This is so painful! I am really not liking this painting yet, ... not unusual but I'm always hopeful that I will have that totally painless painting experience some day. LOL!  Anyway this is all I got done in class and the next one is tomorrow so will work on it more then.
  This is on 22X30 140lb cold pressed Arches watercolor paper.

Monday, September 21, 2009


It's been a while since I've attempted a landscape in Watercolor.  I've been working mostly with figures and portraits other than the experimental abstracts that I've really had fun with lately.
  This is a painting I started as a demonstration for the
watercolor students at the Art Center.  I will mostly be working on it in class and then will post the results as it progresses.
  This is looking off to the Mesa, sky and clouds in the distance with the rocks and brush and red dirt in the foreground.  I have used watercolor and also acrylic as watercolor in this so far.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Did a little more work on this one and at least I actually like it now.  I particularly like the opalescence of the layers of paint in both the upper blue parts and the lower right lighter section.  It has a lot of nice detail and depth and I don't feel like the upper and lower halves are separate paintings now.  I will have to watch it a little longer and see.  I do like it better in person than on my monitor as it has sort of an aged quality that doesn't show here.
   I will post the progress of a  watercolor landscape I am working on tomorrow.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Interesting discovery

An interesting discovery when my husband set this painting up the other way than I originally had it posted on here.  I found that even though I still don't like the painting very much, I like it much better in this position.  My husband liked this one a lot.
  I still think it needs work. I like the top portion better than the lower portion.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Life Drawing in Colorado

Carly from life drawing. She was pretty inspiring.  This was a quick sketch, 5 minutes, I think. Not great but I like the colors.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Keeping busy

I ran out of my favorite Strathmore 4 ply 500 series Bristol Plate paper so while I am waiting for my order I decided to try out two of the "yes" canvases I bought for watercolor.  My friend Liz Hill really likes working on these canvases and I have to agree that the surface is pretty nice.  These paintings are still in progress.
  The top painting is not on "yes" canvas and is 11X14.  The lower two are 30X24 "yes" canvas with 1 1/4" gallery wrapped sides.

So far I think I like the bottom one best.

not finished after all

Okay, I worked on this one a little more. I didn't like the way the upper stripe seemed split in two parts so I consolidated that a little more and I made the focal point a little stronger and more interesting (I hope).  I'll see if that holds my attention.  I tried editing this down as per Nicholas Simmons's suggestion but then I couldn't zoom in and see the details.  I will work on my editing skills.
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