Days 4 and 5

More painting
Still more painting

Lots of days in this painting. I have been watching youtube videos again and it gives me the courage to keep on painting even when I don’t think it is going well. I have done so much repainting on the water, I feel like I am going mad. Nothing is remotely right yet, except maybe those tree trunks in the middle right. Especially the big one. Still I have resolutely decided not to be afraid of redoing something over and over. If it is not good in the first place, how can it be “ruined”.

More little pumpkins

Orange pumpkin

White pumpkin

I had 2 last 4X4 canvases so I continued the fall pumpkin theme using the other little decorative ones I bought as models.  These are pretty much the finished product as I don’t want to overwork them.  So easy in something so small when I can’t get the details I do with the pen and ink.

I can’t believe it has been a month since I last posted.  It certainly wasn’t my intention, but I guess life intervened.  We had my mother’s 90th birthday and a variety of other things happening.  I’m now back in the studio starting the Christmas commissions.  Back to bigger sizes where I am much more comfortable, even though it has been fun to experiment a little bit.

Fall gourds II

Fall painting

Did you ever have one of those lost weeks? Or two?  That was me in recent days. I started painting this 2 1/2 weeks ago and the three sit downs were separated by close to a week each because “real life ” intruded. I finally got it to a passable stage late last night. I decided to work in the evening which I don’t often do.  I was determined to have something to post today.

As I said, I felt it needed something to go on the left to balance the composition so I decided to put an onion there.  I thought the colors would match well.  I wasn’t really happy with the overall definition, so I decided to take Cindy’s suggestion to add some ink and I think I’m glad I did.  I tried to also tone down the orange a little although it is not as overpowering in the actual painting as in the picture.  I think this is one of those works that I may have to let sit a while before I really decide if I like it.  Overall I think it has some good qualities, but I am not quite sure in the back of my head if it will stay that way.  I’m hoping to have a lot more time in the studio this  and I look a this maybe next week.