A new landscape

Meh

I thought I’d take another stab at a landscape, but it is meh at best, no matter what I do. I worked over a week on it in short sessions and am about ready to quit on it. I think I will let it sit a month and re-evaluate. I’m still having a hard time with getting depth in acrylics.

Matted and colored for number 3

Matted
Watercolored
Spritzed

Third time success. Overall, I think I like this series of paintings. It took me a bit to remember what I was doing (LOL), but I did manage to contol the water induced bleed. I like the jewel/stained glass quality of the watercolors and the black mat helps unify it all.

Elegant Writer attempt number 2

Much less ink
Smaller drawing pencil up

Let’s try this again. Last time I had too much in the inking. I’m going for somewhat less this time around. I have not done this for many years and I have just forgotten what happens and why. Here’s to number two being better than number one. (Although I did like how number one turned out after I fussed with it.)

An experiment

inked up with the Elegant Writer Pen

I haven’t used the Speedball Elegant Writer pen technique in a while and I thought I might try it again, just for a change of pace and some fun. I thought the lily pond sketches would be sufficiently different from the paintings and provide a whole new look.

It’s been inked up now. We’ll see what happens when I spritz it with water and the ink spreads and then becomes waterproof and I can add watercolors

The finished vineyard

For a very quick set of work sessions, sometimes twice in a single day, I like the way this turned out. This is more landscape than architectural portrait. I had some difficulty with so much sky. When I was trying to add more blue above the mountains, there was an unexpected bleed up. It looks like more mountains in the distance than sky and I think it adds a positive note. I am not quite sure if this is the final photo as it doesn’t have enough contrast, but I had a mailing deadline and I just can’t remember.

The client was very happy with it, which is always the goal, anyway.

Three mini paintings done.

All done

I finished these three 4×4 mini pond paintings and will probably list them this week after I varnish them. I’m not sure how much I will list them for yet, but there are more hours in them than you might think.

I kind of like the way they turned out and think they would look very nice on a little easel on an end table or framed as a set on a wall.

Maybe it’s done now

Is it this one
Or this one

There are only a few subtle changes in these two. Can you tell which is the final? Look for the little bit of change in the blues and whites, especially around the flowers.

Okay, it is the top one. I took out a bit of the reflections. Not a big deal, but it made a difference to my eyes. I am taking all of my pond paintings to a photographer to have really good color quality pictures for marketing them. I got accepted into the on-line art print dealer Turning Art and I want the absolute best representation for them. Don’t get me wrong. I like what I have done for my Society6 shop on my own. I certainly would not put up something I was unhappy with, but I think it is time to up my game.

I think out of all of the pond paintings I have done these last two years, this is my favorite. What about you? I think if you search for pond paintings here, they should come up.

Mostly done

More paint on
Subtle changes

Is this is mostly done? What does it still need? A lot, actually. I know it is hard to see, but the bottom one is a later version and I still think it needs a lot of work. It is still quite flat looking and not enough tonal difference. I changed the photo to black and white and it definitely showed that the tonal balance was off. The good thing is that the more I do these, the less afraid I am of making alterations. I think you will like it when it is done.

I might actually be finished with the stream

Almost finished
Done!

Finally I think it might be done. I have niggled on it for several days and for the first time, it looked better to me the day after I worked on it. I think the addition of the dark blue in the lower left finally did it for me. As always, I wish I could photograph my work better. It really does look better in person. More depth.

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”.

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