I decided to take a take a new approach with my landscape painting. I spent a bit of time looking up at the mountains this weekend and was, as always, charmed by their subtle beauty. For me, it's all about the combination of hazy blue hills and fog trapped down in the hollers. I'm not … Continue reading Day 89
San Xavier del Bac - signed, sealed and delivered! As I mentioned early on, this is my first oil painting. I am so proud of myself for sticking through this project until the end. This alone is a huge feat for me. Doing it in a brand new medium to me is just icing on … Continue reading Day 85
Look, Ma. Bells! I am so close to calling this "done", but I have a little more highlighting to do on the bells and cross. They are showing up pretty well in this photo, but they are really dark in real life. It won't take too much longer, once the paint dries. If the paint … Continue reading Day 81
Sometimes it's about the tools, not the painting. I'm clearing out a corner in my guest bedroom to use as a studio, but I do not have a work table or easel. I just want something simple and sturdy...and affordable. After a bit of searching online, I've determined that manufactured easels are out of my … Continue reading Day 69
I spent most of my time this weekend working on a home repair project. Still, I was able to make a little more progress on this painting. I can already see that I need to rework some areas (namely the road); however, I'm pleased with my progress so far. My main goal for this particular … Continue reading Days 67 and 68
Next painting - rough-in. I do love my mountains!
I finally hit on something I like! Higher contrast and monochromatic color scheme. A few more days and a bit more detail - including the bells - and I can call it a wrap.
I decided to push the contrast even further...just to test myself. I don't know why this is challenging for me - it's not like I have a problem with bold colors in principle. I hope that by doing more small studies, I'll feel less invested and more daring. Now, I really need to get back … Continue reading Day 56
I finally wised up and started a test for my mission painting. I was trying to teach myself to paint and create a finished piece in the same painting, and it wasn't working for me. Now I have a place to test out ideas without the worry of ruining what I've started. What I like? … Continue reading Day 55
Spontaneous landscape. 20 minutes, and I like it better than anything else I've done lately. Go figure.