Thursday, January 31, 2008
This is what the mentoring group worked on this week. It was problematic from the beginning due to my poor planning, but I have been able to make it more presentable at this point. Or, as presentable as it is going to get as I want to get going on another project.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Good Monday to all, I have painted this week but cannot post my painting since it is for the next SWAP and, just in case my SWAP partner is watching, cannot post it publicly until she receives it. I like it, though, and will post it as soon as she lets me know she has it.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This is a more complex painting completed over two classes with my mentoring group. They did great with this complicated scene and we all learned a lot, including the mentor! Mass foliage, water, reflections, architectural elements, wood texturing....all in the same painting! If part of becoming a good artist is pushing oneself to learn how to do things beyond what you know and not to stick with the things you know, then this group will do well as they both want to be challenged.
There are parts of this one I would do differently, but for all of the challenges mentioned above, I think it turned out pretty well. I may darken underneath the boathouse here and there, but other than that I will consider this one done.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
It is a sad commentary on the sad and empty lives of those who have nothing better to do than to pass along their distasteful thoughts, but it is a fact of life.
Please know that if you have an honest comment or critique, positive or otherwise, to pass along regarding my work that it will appear on the blog soon after you comment. That is the purpose of having an art blog, to get feedback and provide a forum for conversations that lead to growth.
I received good feedback on the last "final" rendition of this painting and adjusted the foliage to show distance better and balance it on all sides of the painting. I think this is done now and don't want to keep messing with it because it will become a muddy mess if I do.
Based on the extremely favorable comments and critiques I have received on this, I entered it into a juried show, I won't hear anything about rejection or acceptance for a few weeks, but I thought it worthy of a try, anyway.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
While sitting at my ArtChix sale table today I painted this tiny (5x7) project painting for the Watercolor Workshop online group. I like my work better when I paint larger, this size feels restrictive to me. But, I achieved the objectives of the project which were the receding background and doing grasses/weeds in the foreground.
I will try to finish the canyonlands painting today.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I have the basic rock shapes in the foreground done. I will add more value changes (need more darks to define the rock shapes) and the typical striations that show the layers in these rocks. I think I will put the first glaze of color and shape into the rock mass on the left first, though. The thought of the shape of this butte remaining as is bothers me so I want to see what I can do about it before going further with the detail work. I wish I had thought of that before committing the drawing to paper, but I didn't so will live with it for now.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
I managed to complete more of the mid ground. I will probably float in some quin gold over the sunlit edges of this butte and eventually, when I see how dark the foreground elements will be, I will darken the colors in the sky some for balance. But, I will wait on that.
Still holding my breath....
I haven't worked on this since before we left for our holiday trip (see December 21, 2007 blog entry), I couldn't stand not working on it any longer so added the beginning of the mid ground this morning.
So far, I have to think that having the grayscale underpainting is heping me not to get lost in the canyons as I usually do. So far, so good. More to come....
Friday, January 04, 2008
Per request from Rhonda to see more of the date palms and the area of the oasis, here are three more. They hang either white or colorful rags to protect the date clusters from birds while ripening and there were rows of colorful ones and some had mainly white cloths. The cottonwood trees followed the creek in the area and many still had late Fall golds and some orange color.
We have done the gemshow stuff in Quartzite today and will return home tomorrow. I found lots to keep me busy when I am not painting, wire wrap, beading and jewelry-making supplies. Very interesting things they have!
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
We are spending our last day in the
We spent yesterday exploring the area around Tecopa, near the China Ranch area. We stopped on an off-road overlook and saw a canyon, which we got on the road which led us into and through the canyon to China Ranch, which is a working date ranch, bed and breakfast, gift shop, etc. The canyon drive itself was amazing with high mud hills, dotted with mine shafts and arches and rocks. The date ranch was interesting also with brightly colored cloths protecting the hanging date clusters and the surrounding cottonwood trees which still retained their Fall colors.
This morning we saw the Dumont Dunes, where many RVs had stayed right on the sand over the recent holidays and there were still a few remaining holdouts going up and down the high dunes today. The stream photo shows the
We will leave here for