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.

Finished, I think.

Finished

Mostly I am fussing with this now, so I think I just need to stop.  I must have painted over that hill in the distance at least a half a dozen times.  I faded it out with some glaze and redid the shrubs and lower sky so much that I was having trouble seeing what effect I wanted.  Still, I am happy to set it back for a while.  It feels balanced and, as ever, it looks better in real life than in the photo.  I can only manage to color correct so much in my Photoshop Elements.  It has to sit for 2 weeks before I varnish it for listing.  Maybe my perspective will change by then, but I can live with it now.

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.

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.

Finished Landscape Painting

The finished landscape

I finished the latest Boise landscape earlier this month. This piece was painted over a rather extended period of time – most unusual for me as I tend to work in spurts and not drag things out.  We had our 3 week trip to Boise for our grandson’s 2nd birthday and the birth of our next one smack in the middle of the painting sessions, so I got quite the “distance” to evaluate where it was going.

In the end, I didn’t change too much during the second split session.  I glazed over the upper part to soften it and blur out some of the details, which I though I overdid.  I am enjoying taking a break from the line work with these paintings, but I think I may head back to the inks pretty soon.

 

 

Idaho Landscape

Base coat

First layer of color

All four of my previous Idaho landscapes went to their new home in Boise, Idaho, in August, so I decided I had to paint some more to list in my etsy store. These are the first two layers of a recent work.  It is up in the foothills looking down onto some of the numerous trails that are there.

We do hiking and photo taking every time when we are in town visiting family, but don’t ask me where the view is from.  We have looked up and down from so many places that I can’t keep it all straight in my head.  Heaven forbid I keep notes as I photograph LOL but if someone really needs to know, I am sure my son can tell me.

Second of the set

Initial sitting

Almost done

Here is the second painting with the same theme and coloring.  The color palette for the last two is much cooler than the first two.  Maybe because I made the sky a deeper blue in these.

They have set for a couple of weeks due to our family vacation back in Boise, so I will be looking at both with fresh eyes before I varnish them.

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