This time, I did the spray bottle and splattering for the sky. I did less manipulation and let the clouds form themselves. I did some spray bottle and splatter and blowing for the land and trees. It does give a fresher and looser look. Now I will dig out my pastels and do a pastel version next go-around.
This is the second time I've done this scene in watercolor. I notice other artists do several of a theme and they call it a series. OK, I'm doing a series. But for me, that's a nice way of saying that I'm not satisfied and I'm going to keep doing it until I get it the way I envisioned it in my head ... or better than that!
This is a watercolor "study" or "sketch" for my next painting. Notice that I'm not calling it a painting? That is because it has been "demoted"! Sometimes I don't start off right with the correct color choice, or the right technique. So, now that I've messed around with it and experimented with lifting out the edges of the clouds ... maybe next go-around will be "on the mark".
Happy Holidays! May you be blessed with peace and love all through the season and the New Year.
Such a busy time of year! But fun. I finally started another painting, but it is not ready for show 'n tell. So, I'll post this year's holiday card I prepared from one of my paintings. I enjoy doing creative things with the computer. But it is time consuming! I believe it took me longer to try different graphic looks and settle on one, than it took to paint the original painting!
Yep! I shoveled snow! We got hammered here in Reno yesterday and the previous night. Today I dug out my Subaru on the driveway ... and then the walkway and the rest of the driveway. My reward was to indulge in the chocolate chip cookies my husband made yesterday! Forget the calories - I think I burned off a few.
Then I did the finishing touches on "Early Snow". I had fun with this painting. Now to plan for the next painting ...
Today I worked on a pastel of the same subject as the last painting. It is not done, but I stopped before I overworked some areas. Sometimes it helps me to see it on the computer in the black background of my blog, so I can see what I need to leave alone, and what I need to do more of.
I actually started with watercolor on a white "PastelBord" by Ampersand. It doesn't behave like paper at all! So it was quite challenging. I did get some interesting "blossoms". So, I thought I would show a photo of it in stages. Below is the watercolor. And below that is beginning layer of pastel.
Even though I will be doing a pastel show of 20 paintings, I still love watercolor, even if it is unpredictable for me. So, to get my fix, and still prepare for my show, I plan to do the first version of each painting in watercolor. That will give me the opportunity to work out any composition and value problems full size. It will also give me a goal to try to keep my pastel a little bit loose and fresh, like the watercolor version.
Here is my first painting. We had some snow over the Thanksgiving weekend in Truckee, CA. This is the view from our livingroom window. The sun came out and the snow started to fall and melt off the trees. I incorporated some of the techniques I learned in Lian Zhen's workshop.
I'm going to use this painting in my own holiday greeting card this year.
Welcome to my art blog! This is where I share my explorations and learning experiences in pastel, watercolor and oil painting. I have had this blog for about six or more years. I am currently entering many national and regional juried art shows. I have a website and sell my work from there as well. I started a group called Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters a year ago and it has grown to about 40 active painters! Each year brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. I have made many friends among other art bloggers and enjoy visiting their blogs. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and click on the links to my website and the plein air painters to see more!