A new landscape

Meh

I thought I’d take another stab at a landscape, but it is meh at best, no matter what I do. I worked over a week on it in short sessions and am about ready to quit on it. I think I will let it sit a month and re-evaluate. I’m still having a hard time with getting depth in acrylics.

Matted and colored for number 3

Matted
Watercolored
Spritzed

Third time success. Overall, I think I like this series of paintings. It took me a bit to remember what I was doing (LOL), but I did manage to contol the water induced bleed. I like the jewel/stained glass quality of the watercolors and the black mat helps unify it all.

A third try

Inked
Pencilled in

Maybe third time is the charm. Or maybe too much, too little, and just right. Here is number three for the Speedball Elegant pen.

Second try

Matted in black
Watercolored
Spritzed

A little too little this time. I went back in and added more ink which helped. I need to get the spritzing better too. All in all though, it’s not bad with a black mat.

Elegant Writer attempt number 2

Much less ink
Smaller drawing pencil up

Let’s try this again. Last time I had too much in the inking. I’m going for somewhat less this time around. I have not done this for many years and I have just forgotten what happens and why. Here’s to number two being better than number one. (Although I did like how number one turned out after I fussed with it.)

It looks a bit batik-y

Matted in black
Too much of the spritz

After the mess of the spritzing above, I just hoped to salvage the previous work I had done. And I think I did! All of that excessive flow from the over spritzing (I had forgotten exactly how it was done LOL) was quite mess. I had nothing to lose at that point and decided to just put on the watercolor overlay. I thought if it didn’t do the job, I could try some acrylics, too, but I am actually pretty happy with this. It has a bit of a jewel quality to it and now that it has set a few days, it looks batik-y to me. How about you? The black mat helps set it off.

An experiment

inked up with the Elegant Writer Pen

I haven’t used the Speedball Elegant Writer pen technique in a while and I thought I might try it again, just for a change of pace and some fun. I thought the lily pond sketches would be sufficiently different from the paintings and provide a whole new look.

It’s been inked up now. We’ll see what happens when I spritz it with water and the ink spreads and then becomes waterproof and I can add watercolors

The finished vineyard

For a very quick set of work sessions, sometimes twice in a single day, I like the way this turned out. This is more landscape than architectural portrait. I had some difficulty with so much sky. When I was trying to add more blue above the mountains, there was an unexpected bleed up. It looks like more mountains in the distance than sky and I think it adds a positive note. I am not quite sure if this is the final photo as it doesn’t have enough contrast, but I had a mailing deadline and I just can’t remember.

The client was very happy with it, which is always the goal, anyway.

The first 2021 commission

Vineyard pencil drawing
Inked up

My first commission of the year came two weekends ago. I had to work more quickly than usual because she wanted it by a certain date for framing and I was going out of town for a few days. Still, I got my visual days of rest between phases, even though I had two work sessions in a single day and it all worked out well.

It is not your typical portrait, being mostly landscape, but it is fun none the less. Lots of green foliage and not much building, but there will be red accents here and there to help the eye move around. I don’t normally have such a vista either, so it is somewhat of an experiment, too. All in all, it came out pretty well. I’m just glad it was only 10X8.

Lily pad linos

Linocut with color added
Hand pulled linocut

I tried something different with my lily pad photos last week. What do you think of these? I like them, especially the watercolored one. I do like to mix things up a bit once in a while so my brain doesn’t turn to much and I hadn’t done a new linocut in a while. They are now available in my etsy shop.

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