This is the first larger piece (20x20 inches), after racing through the many small color studies. I wasn't really happy with it so I set it aside. Unfortunately it didn't get much better after this.
Everything was just getting worse as the next one I felt the freshness of the small color studies are not being translated. The next picture is purely falling back into old habits. Stiff, over painted and going nowhere. The last was starting to fall into the same category, but I decided to stop before I just went to far. The next is up on the easel now. Hopefully I can bring some of the freshness of new color combos. The light is different in the mountains. I need to find a groove if I'm to paint more of these scenes. As I sit and contemplate this last picture I need to put some green in the water... it is too blue. Off I go.
I can not believe the summer is gone. Another disbelief is it has been almost a month since I've posted. Where oh where does the time go. The September rush is on. Fall cleanup and addition of new works. Preparation for a drawing class I've decided to teach this year. Please make the spinning stop!
This is a commission for a wedding this Summer. Storybook romance? Sounds true.
Some things go horribly wrong, while other days are glorious right. It is all in the mindset I'm guessing. As always. I should never sign the bad ones. But then again, I shouldn't post them either. But is shows a process and not all work is a masterpiece. Keep plodding through. It is the good ones in which give you motivation to continue with this exhaustive process.
This piece was a quick response to a posting of the worlds' ugliest color. It doesn't show here in digital, but the classical greenish umber was stated as the worlds ugliest color. Although not really saleable, it is needed in paintings. I thought I may try to beautify it a bit by doing a value study of sorts. Although not beautiful it does have kind of an unsettling quality to it. Sometimes it looks too real, as in a warm winters day in a southern Alberta landscape.
I had lots of trouble with the foreground on this one and trying too hard with natural colors.
This time I would try water again but really push the color into orbit. Better but still not satisfied.
There comes a time when everything just comes together. Is there ever a moment when this feeling will stick? or is it all just a game of luck? Stars in alignment? Just a moment in time.
I think I was remiss in posting this little color study of one of many summer hiking trails in Beauvais lake.
Another trip to Beaver Mines with the Outsiders group to plein air paint. The three are in order of production. Being a prairie girl, I have really avoided the attempt to paint those majestic Rocky Mountains. This second painting was my attempt at a grand vista in a small space. Paintings are all approx. 7x7inches.
I made some subtle changes to this painting today. I glazed over the background buildings to lighten them. A little bit of glaze over some of the bright plants in the foreground calmed it down a little bit. It does not show well in a photo but I feel better about it today.
Each day shows something different.
Continuing on with some studies of the plein air from Sunday, while things are still fresh, I tried another attempt at the poppies. What a difference a day makes.
This is a little bit larger piece 9x9 inch than the top two plein air pieces. Not sure what's happening. I don't really like what is happening with the color combos? Or maybe it's the composition? Yeah, a little of both I'm afraid.