|A great Saturday... to echo Gary Everest. I finally got to meet Celeste Bergin and David Burbach after months of following their blogs. (Photo by David Burbach)|
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
As I learn more about representing lights at night with watercolor, I feel confident that I will one day have an approach that isn't as hit and miss. I had a couple of moments where I thought I had ruined it, then turned it around. Finally, I figured that I should take the lessons learned here and move on. Though you can barely see it I liked how the reddish brown around the foreground lights gave the slight glow needed. Pulling the tree trunks from the dark background was useful, and adding the texture of the ground in the left foreground was also a positive move. Letting the trees in the top left form from the drips added one of the elements I was looking for in a night painting. I couldn't get the foreground to produce the same effect. I don't mind the tactile look of these types of paintngs, but I know I have to be careful where and how much I allow that to happen.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
|Still didn't get much of a better shot, but this shows pretty much the whole drawing.|
Overall, I'm very happy with the drawing, but eventually, I want to work with Graphite and better paper to get more of what I'm after. More later...
Sunday, October 14, 2012
|First and second stage of the drawing|
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
First let me say that this picture is from a movie scene. I was not imposing on someones private moment. I saw this scene in Junebug, and wanted to capture the intensity of the moment. In my rush to get it on paper, I ignored the obvious compositional challenges. Had I been more deliberate I would have printed out the picture from my camera and composed it before proceeding. Instead I used the digital frame to paint from, and couldn't get my lines correct.
And now I realize that I've just confessed to taking someone Else's idea. This solves the question of whether I should try another more finished painting of this scene. If I were to succeed in bringing this to the paper it would never be completely my own. So I will probably move on and take what I learned from this. I think it works in segments but not as a cohesive piece. At least as a study. Lastly, I'm relieved that I found some time to get something done. I had to get up at 2:30 AM to do it...but I did it.
By the way, I have yet to watch the entire movie, but it looked good. About an Art dealer trying to sign an eccentric painter from the south.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
|Detail: I pasted a photo with glaze and painted around it.|
On the subject of focus, I find myself feeling a strong pull toward at least a few large canvas paintings. I have some general ideas in mind. It's hard to go day after day feeling that there are paintings in me that need to be done, but I don't have the time to produce them. Until that time I'll have to continue to work toward that end by choosing subjects in watercolor that will get me closer to it.