Kind of meh

Inked in
Watercolored

First of all, let me wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day. We are expecting some accumulating snow this week. Not really my thing, but what can you do. More time in the studio for me.

I made this quick pen and watercolor just for something different. It’s okay, but I feel kind of blah about it. Not bad but not overly engaging. I have painted this in acrylics twice before, but wanted to try it in ink and watercolors.

Pond painting number 9!

Pencil up
Two days in

Can you believe it? I counted up the pond paintings I have done since I started in 2019 and there are now nine of them. Although frustrating at times, I have learned a lot about acrylics and enjoyed every minute. I am running out of photos of the pond at the Boise Train Depot and will have to go back for more. And visit family. Too bad for me. LOL

I really just use the photos for a basic reference on placement of the lily pads and minorly for some of the colors. Once I get going, I just let it flow and the picture tells me where to go. I will just tell you now, though it took a lot of tweaking (just like the stream painting) it has turned out to be my favorite one.

I can’t decide

Is it done?

I can’t decide if this is done or not. Sometimes I like the reflection area above the lily pads and sometimes I don’t.  I think I need to lighten it, maybe with a glaze, maybe with some repainting.  So much fussing with these three pond paintings.  

I have started working on two new house commissions so these acrylics will be on the back burner for a bit.  Maybe I will get a little perspective.

New pond painting

The underpainting and drawing

First acrylic layer

I really love these pond paintings. There is something so freeing about putting on the paint here. I concentrate on the colors more than the absolute structure of the image and let the brushes fly.  So different form the pen and ink work.

I wanted to put in the reddish reflections from the Boise Train Depot roof on the upper area to pop up the color palette.  It’s not quite right yet, but I am working on it.

Another painting up

First acrylic layer

Layer two

I decided to keep in painting mode. I have been watching a lot of art videos this spring and summer while we stay home and it has helped me stay inspired to work.  I painted this scene last year closer in and on a smaller canvas, but felt that I could do it again in a larger format. I loved the vivid colors then and I still do.

This one will need something in the lower third.  I haven’t decided what yet.

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.

Maybe it’s finished

Foothills

Here is what probably is the final for this painting.  I have played around with it for several sessions trying to figure out what it needed.  I ended up using some glazing to help define the shadows rather than more paint and I am fairly happy with that decision.  Once this pandemic is over I will be listing the recent work for sale.

Another Idaho landscape

Preliminary layout

Another day in

I’ve tried another one.  No sky here.  I wanted to play with the landscape more without the distraction of the sky.  The vista is still dominated by the far landscape, but I am able to concentrate more on the foreground shrubs and trees.  It has more of a red cast than the blue of the last.  We’ll see how that works out.

Maybe the final for this landscape

Foothills final

I think this one might be done.  The overall effect is pleasing and the foreground is the best part to my eye.  I like the colors and the suggestion of the grasses.

I worked on the midground shrubs and I think improved them.  The shadows using acrylics still seem to give me the most trouble but I am finding that a darker glaze, judiciously applied, sometimes helps.  I can more subtly darken an area without covering it up completely.  Time will tell.

Two days into an Idaho foothills painting

Two days in

Another small foothills painting inspired by the Landscape show.  I am trying to keep the brush strokes loose and colorful.  It is hard compared with the precision of using an ink pen, but I am sure it is good for me.

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