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.

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.

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.

Change of pace painting

Idaho foothills

Mostly done

After the intricate detail of the last few pieces, I decided to go back and paint something with a looser style.  So it’s back to the Boise foothills for a bit.  I did a fairly dark underpainting before I started with this one. I was tired of fighting the lighter colors underneath and decided to try it this way.  All in all, not too bad, but the tree still needs work.  I am doing a companion piece to this, so we’ll see what happens.

Boise foothills finished

Boise foothills landscape

After about 4 sessions of painting, I am pretty well finished with the Boise painting. I’ll check again in a week or so and see what changes I think it needs, but I pretty happy with it so far.  At 16″x12″, this is the largest acrylic painting I have done in a very long time.  I tried to keep the style loose and concentrate on color rather than specific details.  For me, the heavy bodied paint works against minute brush strokes, even though I use a paint drying retardant and it thins it somewhat.  I’ll be ready to try my other big canvas with another Boise landscape soon.

Watercolored

I have watercolored the book images in.  I was a little worried about the paper warping since it is just thicker mixed media paper, but it went pretty well.  I think the sheets will flatten nicely when squished into the scanner.  It is a fold in the middle book so these are really 2 facing pages each with writing on one.  I forgot about a title and end page, so that is left to do.

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A New Project – Something I’ve Never Tried Before

This is something totally new for me.  My dear daughter-in-law asked me to draw a children’s book with her words for my grandson, about to be one year old.  It will be a square book  so these are two facing pages each.  I did a pencil up of each page and let her approve them.  Here is the penned version.  Watercolor goes over the ink.  So far, so good.

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