Wednesday, July 6, 2011

BEAR WITH ME...


You'll just have to bear with me as I struggle with landscapes.  This is how I  paint a landscape - something happens to my sense of color and I just use blues and yellows to make greens and they are the same and don't show a variety of colors.  And I find my value sense eludes me, too.  Why?  There must be a mental block for me when trying landscapes - have to break through.  I know I can paint better than this - but don't have anything to show for it when doing grass and trees and buildings.  Hmmm...much work to be done and you may have to suffer through for a while (or until I give up!). 

I will go back to this and try to make it more visually appealing and will post that later.

But for now - the GCWatercolor Society has their monthly meeting today.



I am raring to go with Suzanne McDermott's online course in drawing and watercolor and looking forward to that starting this week.  It should be a kick in the butt to get me going and thinking correctly instead of whining, "I can't do it!"  She has a full class and a waiting list for her next class in September - check out my sidebar for her blog and links to her online courses.

I don't know why summer always finds me so lethargic.  It seems my body just sits around, waiting for autumn and cooler temperatures and beautiful colors.  Perhaps I need to move north in the summer?  Unfortunately, Sweetie loves it when it's 95F and 75% humidity.

6 comments:

Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

Definite potential here. I really like what's going on in the tree to the left as well as the barn roof. Don't give up!

AK said...

It is a nice work. Do not despair. All you need to do is to let go and enjoy playing with colors. Happy painting.

Jeanette said...

I struggle with landscapes mostly because they become too vast for me and I like having a more intimate view. I believe everyone falls into their own niche of art and becomes most comfortable and capable of a particular subject.

That doesn't mean we shouldn't play with other subjects, but I think we know in our heads where our strengths lie and need to concentrate on developing those to the highest standard we can.

Colour and values are difficult, but there will be an 'aha'moment when it will all fall into place. Learning technique and practice are key and by continuing to help yourself grow with workshops you can only benefit yourself.

AutumnLeaves said...

I truly detest the summer months. Just way too hot and humid for me. And I do live up north. I'm beginning to think maybe I'm meant for even further north places. At any rate, I think this piece is fine, truly. And you'll keep progressing, I suspect.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

I like your composition shapes and I see more going on in your greens. Keep on truckin' girl. Give up? But you are Rhonda! And, it's good to find what really peaks your interest as a painter. What you learn on this adventure will surely help in other places :)

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much for the positive comments, Gretchen, Asit, Jeanette, Pam and Autumn! Jeanette, I know what you mean about a landscape just becoming too vast - I guess part of the task of learning and mastering landscape painting is how to bring that vastness down to something more manageable and creating a center of interest.

Autumn, I know I'm meant for cooler climes! ha ha At least in the summer months.