Several months ago I did a watercolor painting of a canyon and then did pastel over it. It was to be for our living room over the fireplace.
Well, after looking at it for a while, we decided it did not make the grade. From the distance we view it normally, it did not pack any punch and looked blah and all-over the same colors.
Well, I finished the Monterey painting in watercolor today and took it to the framer today. We had a very nice fine-art poster that was custom framed, that we no longer wanted. So, we are re-using the frame and they will add a mat.
I believe that contrast was a big plus with this painting. Contrast in values, and contrast in colors. Also, big and loose brush strokes and NO picky-unee detail.
I can't wait to get it back from the framer and put it up. My sister from New York is visiting and she will see that we finally did something about that picture that was lying side-ways on the mantle!
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!