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.

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.

Mini pond paintings

Pencil Up
Preliminary acrylic paint

I haven’t put any of my larger pond paintings up for sale yet because of my merchandising efforts, so I decided to do some mini 4″X4″ ones for sale in my etsy shop or on instagram. I am working on all three at once in a little row on by drafting table because they are so small and to keep the colors somewhat unified. They are all developing a slightly different palette as I go along, which is nice.

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.

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”.

Back to painting

After the three home commissions, I decided to go back to painting a bit. I am still fussing some with some of the previous pond paintings, so it is just easier to start a new acrylic and work on all of them at once. Also, I have been looking at my sales on Society6. It seems that that paintings on the merchandised products have been selling the best for me, so I am sticking with that for now. I would also appreciate suggestions on what you might think would be good subjects for me to use on that site. Take a peek using the link from my blog roll to get an idea of what I am talking about.

Laying down the pencil
Two days in

Perhaps you can tell (or not) but I eliminated the tree trunk in the water from the foreground. It got too confusing to paint and really didn’t add anything to the picture. In fact, I was so unhappy after the first day with the whole thing that I almost chucked it and reapplied the gesso to start something else. I decided to push through and it has improved somewhat. We’ll see. Day two has seen some improvement.

More lily pads

Base coat and pencil up

Acrylic layer one

More lily pads. I am currently working on three house portrait commissions but I wanted to show what I had been working on before I started on the new ink and pastel work. The pond works may be a bit boring for some by now, but I am totally enjoying painting them and trying to be creative so that none of them are very alike.  I feel pretty successful in that endeavor. Also my technique is improving, don’t you think. LOL

Also, I have items with my images on the Society6 website and the pond paintings have been popular along with the Boise paintings. Another big plus. Check out the link in my blog roll if you are curious about my art on various household and personal items. I am pretty pleased with the variety.

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.

Day two and three

Color, day two

Day three

Slowly but surely, this is coming together.  Surprisingly, I am actually fussing the most with the pinkish reflection on the top.  I really like it in my reference photo, but I am having a hard time balancing it here.  A lot of work to go.

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