Two more gelli mosaics

Koi pond

French bulldog

Since I like the way the last paper mosaic came out, I decided to try again.  These two are the result.  I am not as fond of these as I am of the first one, but I am not unhappy with them either.

I think the koi pond lacks enough depth, but I was only working with the failed gelli prints that I had.  I am not sure I want to go to the task of printing up some darker plates.  Still, I do like the composition and the water effect.  The French bulldog was just fun.  I am not really happy with the background.  When I chose it, I thought it would be a nice contrast, but now I see it is too close in tonal quality.  Live and learn.  Back to painting this week.

More Boise Depot

Depot pond source

I didn’t like the way they shadowing was playing pout here and so I tried a partial dark glazing instead.  I like it, but will let it sit for a bit more.  It does look better on the table than in the photo.

More the of Boise Depot water feature

Third painting session

Third painting session and I really can’t decide if it’s done.  I am happy with the water and most of the rocks.  I even like the right side of the vegetation.  I just can’t decide on the shadowing on the left.  Maybe I should just dive in and put some darker tones in there.  I have let it sit a week due to some family things but I still go back and forth on what to do.  What do you think?

New Painting of the Boise Depot

Inspired by

Layer one

Layer two

Last week the 2018 season of the British show “Landscape Artist of the Year” came on tv and it inspired me, once again, to try my hand at it.  I so admire any artist who can produce a very creditable landscape in just four hours under competition pressure when I struggle to do anything vaguely pleasing in a week time.

I have tried to keep this loose and flowing and not be hung up on details.  I am pleased with it so far.  It’s at the point now that I have to be careful not to be afraid to lay more paint on and just go ahead and do it.  That is one thing I noticed in the show.  Mostly, they just went in and did it – and knew when to stop.