Go bold or go home

Key West color

Key West color

I have had a very hard time with this watercolor and that is probably a good thing. The first day I put on the color it turned out to be way too bland. I let it sit overnight and the verdict was the same. I decided to just get bold and get on with it. Key West houses are just not blah.  I slapped on more of the pinkish/lavender onto the shutters and added some to the shadows on the porches.  I added more depth to the foliage and put in some white highlights.  I used muted colors for the side street house, but not too muted.  I have added a bit more ink to redefine certain areas of the trees.  I am trying to use looser, less deliberate brushwork so I don’t over think it – always a problem for me.

Lately, I have been thinking about this art journey I’ve been on.  In the last three years of blogging, I have worked on more projects than I off hand can count. And do you know what?   I think I actually have improved some.  It occurred to me after I finished the last two pet portraits that I felt pretty good about them.  A few years ago I felt that my animal work had lost its vitality and was depressed about it.  Now, I am l happy to work on them again.

I do have a degree of confidence in the ink/pastel architecture work.  I have been doing them for going on 30 years now so I hope they are somewhat respectable.  LOL   I wish I could find the very first things I did for my husband’s building company, but they are long gone.  They were truly awful, but part of my learning process. I do think that the abstract streetscapes have helped free up my technique and the current watercolors seem to be moving in the right direction.  Who knows where I’ll go next.  Thoughts, anyone?

Key West this time

Key West corner

Key West corner

Once again, I have been forced to endure the folly of the time change.  I sure miss the years when Indiana sat it out.  I just see no reason for it these days.

Anyway, after the last watercolor architectural, I wanted to try another smallish one.  I thought it had turned out fairly well, so I upped the size a bit and went from there.  I’m going to sneak up on the 14×10 my client wants in the spring.  I have lots of pictures from a trip to Key West. Florida, years ago and I sorted through them, looking for interesting house shapes and foliage.  I like the vibrant colors mixed with the semi-tropical landscaping.

This one had some of the most bent palm trees I have ever seen.  They almost seemed to be dancing in the yard.  The shutters of the house are on the pinkish side against gray clapboards.  There wasn’t much in the way of flowers, but I may decided to put in a few more.  How much color I’ll add will depend on how I like the way the house turns out.   The shutters are pretty loud in and of themselves and I want to have some cohesion in the picture.