Thursday, August 5, 2021

GREENS, REEDS AND POND WATER


 A fourth sheet Hahnemuhle paper (140# cold press).  Just playing and trying to get good greens with some variety.  The reeds a the pond side are too dark and I may go back in with light colored pencil.  Unfortunately, the water reed refletions are indented so can’t lift them out = too harsh right now but I’ll do better next time.  


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

RED ROCK POOL AGAIN


 Roughed up the texture of the rocks a bit more - I like it more now but still think that water/pool at the bottom doesn’t look grounded.  Perhaps darken the center of the pool area?

Saturday, July 31, 2021

LANDSCAPE AND TREE


 Just fiddling with granulating colors, darks, lights, a sense of distance (maybe).  This one is very small on a a scrap I had and wanted to just warm up.



And a kinda sad looking little tree.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

THIS AND THAT


Another couple of small paintings done while watching and listening to Angela Fehr in the online course (which is, actually, over now).  

My landscapes need more practice to get used to trees, tree lines, grasses, etc.  It will come along after many more hours.











I am not the only person saddened by the fact that, once again, we are being asked to mask up (I never really stopped and am the only one in the grocery wearing a mask when I go, rarely.).  I got my vaccine.  I’m sick of this selfishness by others - it is making it hard to do anything but be sad or angry, but I’ll keep trying to work through it and painting helps - until it doesn’t.  So while I’m painting landscapes with bright, granulating colors and some good shapes, this is how I’m actually feeling…





 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

BEES

 

Just some small bee paintings.


 

THIS ONE IS ON GOOD PAPER

 


The planning stages and sketches/paintings helped but I’m still not crazy about this one.  Perhaps it needs more texture in the rocks?


Sunday, July 25, 2021

RUSTY ROCKS AND WATER FALLING


 This one is on better paper but I see things I need to change in the next, final, version:

Don’t make the trees spaced so evenly and maybe just have 3 of them.

Get some better darks in parts of the orange rocks so they stand out more.

Flatten the orange pool underneath the rocks because right now it doesn’t look like a pool of water.

Other things may happen, but if I keep those three thoughts in mind, I may need up with a better painting in the end.


Friday, July 23, 2021

STARTING SOMETHING NEW

 

Photo was taken on a short day trip to Yellow Springs, OH and the Glen Helen forest.  The red in the rocks is from the colorful minerals (iron + ?) flowing through the water.  

This first sketch is on student grade paper - just a study to see what I can put where and what I want to change in the final painting.  With landscapes, unless they are almost all imagination, I am going to do 3 versions with the 3rd being the final painting - maybe that will help me paint landscapes?  We’ll see.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

HEART-LED, NOT PHOTO-LED

 


In the Angela Fehr workshop, Heart-led Landscapes, she does a video each week and takes us on a journey of exploring how to paint landscapes and all the elements.  She suggests we paint two versions of the scene and does it - we can follow along to learn and then use what we’ve learned in our own works.  These two are from a photo she took in Ireland and neither her paintings nor mine look anything like the photo - but that’s the idea.  No one sees the photo but us…and then we can do what we want with it, leaving parts in, taking parts out, using colors that speak to us.  

I like this one best.  But still, just a practice piece playing with colors and shapes.  I will need to paint many more trees before I feel comfortable painting trees.


Monday, July 19, 2021

IT’S A TURTLE

 


A little turtle sunning herself on a log sticking out of a muddy pond.  

If I seem to be jumping all over the place lately with my paintings, it’s because I am.  Will finish the previous painting with the masking fluid off soon…

Saturday, July 17, 2021

AND DONE

 


The left side was doing nothing for the painting so I cropped it off.  Better.  

Thursday, July 15, 2021

PAINTING ALONG

 

Painted this small one along with Angela Fehr in the course - doesn’t look anything like her’s but playing with greens and values/shapes…

She said the bright yellow from her scene was canola growing - when I lived in Wales, there were fields of this stuff and they called it rape seed (same as canola) and it was a bright mark across the green landscape.  I’ve never seen it growing around here so maybe it takes a certain climate?  



Tuesday, July 13, 2021

AND NOW WE DO A FINAL PAINTING - MAYBE



What has the planning and painting small studies done to help me with the final painting?  Let’s see…


I used masking fluid to mask off the areas I will paint pink and the bridge area as well as the white egret and the white pelican in the foreground.  I moved a few things around and brought the bridge farther into the painting - not so far to the right.  




Using the masking fluid frees me up to put down more darks in between the slats of the bridge and darken the underneath area and posts 

Friday, July 9, 2021

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE IN THE HEART-LED LANDSCAPE COURSE

 

Working through the Angela Fehr online course, Heart-led Landscapes.  Doing color studies before starting the painting.  This is in my Strathmore Visual Journal, 90# cold press; good for working up things but won’t react like good paper.  









A larger painting on Saunders Waterford paper given to me by an art buddy (thanks, Laura!).  I am going to need to use masking fluid to keep those whites of the egret (and the pelican if I want to add it).  And I’m not going to use saran wrap on the background trees - that was just a thing to play with since Angela introduced it.  Haven’t used plastic wrap or salt in ages but she says to try both.  I never cared for salt - could never get it all off the paper when dried.

I will do this again on Arches cold press paper (which I am more familiar with).  

Monday, July 5, 2021

PEONY ALMOST FINISHED


 I’d like to work on the center whites and pinks to make them stand out more - but unsure how to do that with the white scraggly bits.  Will think about it a while.  Almost finished.  

Half sheet Arches 140# cold press.


I’ve been using Moonglow from Daniel Smith for years and never had a problem with it.  Now I hear on Facebook that it’s fugitive?  I don’t know where that rumor came from but I did see a thread recently that disputed it because they, too, have been using Moonglow for years and it’s never changed (the rumor is it changes to a dull blue color after 6 months).  I wonder if some art teacher said it and now it’s making the rounds of all the artists out there who have never tried it.  All paint manufacturers will test their colors and tell you which ones are lightfast and which are not.  (Why am I mentioning this?  Because that dark color that isn’t green is Moonglow.). 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

PEONY BEFORE AND AFTER - 3


 Finished except for the center bits that are mainly orange/yellow and a pale pinkish white.  Will get back to it soon.  Right now, have started another online course with Angela Fehr on Heart-led Landscapes - started this week and it will be a month-long or longer course.  I would like to paint landscapes much better than I do right now so hoping to learn and grow a bit more.  


It’s July already.  The heat of June doesn’t bode well for July and August (our hottest months).  Hope everyone can stay cool…and well.  


Thursday, July 1, 2021

PEONY BEFORE AND AFTER - 2



A bit more done, still in the flow of it.






A couple of close-ups so you can see how it’s coming together.  I am happy with this one and just have the center bits to do.










Tuesday, June 29, 2021

PEONY BEFORE AND AFTER

 


The beginning of a half sheet (22 x 30 inches) painting on Arches 140# cold press paper.  I like the way it’s flowing right now.  

This is a painting of a peony from unopened early bud to finished flower (center).  

Sunday, June 27, 2021

HONEYBEE

 


Not as good as I’d like so might try once more for a little bee.

Friday, June 25, 2021

THE LAST OF THE 17-YEAR CICADAS

 


The last one I’ll paint for a while :). 


I should be able to unwrap my mimosa tree soon - the adults are almost all gone now.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

BLUEJAY


 I put out peanuts for my blue jays (and for the little chipmunk that comes by and stuffs his cheek pouches = too cute!).  So I get some good photo references of the jays swiping down on the table and picking off the nuts, sometimes trying to get 2 in the mouth at one time (but that never works out).  I’ve had as many as a dozen jays at one time but, right now, have a family of 4 (one youngster is still asking to be fed by mom or pop).  

Monday, June 21, 2021

BLUE

 

An iris in pale blue.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

BROOD - X


 

Well, I had to try since I had some photos of the little pests.  How can something so small be so LOUD???

Thursday, June 17, 2021

MUSHROOMS, ANYONE?


 A break from the iris - painted earlier from a photo of a few little mushrooms at the base of a tree.  

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

MAYBE VIOLET IS NOT MY COLOR?

 


Well, shoot!

This one is so flat.  I did try darkening areas and lifting areas but it just didn’t seem to make much difference.  Maybe it’s the colors used?  No, I think I’m missing something here in trying to paint irises - you want the curvy shapes and it should look more delicate than this…

Okay, one more try and then I’ll give up for a while and let this subject rest until I can work it out.  


Sunday, June 13, 2021

WELL, THEY CAN’T ALL BE WINNERS

 


This is one of those paintings that looks so much better in the photo than in real life.  Although I could play with it more and darken or lift some colors, I think I’ll just move on to something else and try out those purple/violet pigments again on another iris painting.



Friday, June 11, 2021

PURPLE

 The next thing I’ll paint is going to be….

Purple!

But I won’t use every one of these violets I have…have picked out 3-4 to use and see how it turns out.


Stay tuned…

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

PINK PEONY X TWO

 

Finished the first peony painting by just slightly darkening areas here and there - not too much and I may be able to see it more than you see it from the previous version.








Also, painted a second pink peony just because they are so pretty.  This one has a much darker background to set it off.  

Monday, June 7, 2021

PINK PEONY - SECOND LAYER

 


A little bit more done.  I think it’s almost finished but some tweaking to do.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

PINK PEONY


 Started this painting of a pink peony.  More to do to darken and shape the petals.  

Thursday, June 3, 2021

TULIP POPLAR TREE BLOOMING

 


From a fallen tulip poplar blossom that was on the path during a recent walk in the woods.  I brought it home to use as model.  It didn’t last long, so glad I took a photo of it before we left (while it was still fresh).  


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

BROOD X - 17 YEAR CICADAS ARE ON THE PROWL


 Who is this spooky woman in my back yard?  It’s just my mimosa tree draped in protective covering to keep the dreaded Brood X 17-year cicadas from laying eggs in the limbs and trunk.  To me, it looks like a woman standing out in the yard!

We have hundreds of the cicadas out and screaming their lovely mating scream now and they are all over, crunching underfoot, on everything that’s close to the ground (plants, shrubs, etc.).  Some people find them a nuisance and others find them terrifying, while biologists find them interesting and just a fact of life every 17 years here in the our area.  



Here’s just one of the red-eyed beauties.  Think about that, times 100 or more!


Monday, May 31, 2021

MAPLE SEEDLINGS

 


Started this painting from a photo taken while our maple tree was full of these seedlings (before they turned brownish and fell all over the deck like a seedling explosion).

We called these things helicopters or whirligigs when we were kids, throwing them up into the air and watching them whirl around as they landed on the ground.  What did you call them?





Finished - added some watercolor pencil here and there to rough it up a bit.  

Saturday, May 29, 2021

BEE MY HONEYBEE




Just a little fourth sheet sized painting of a little honeybee inside a flower, gathering pollen.





I think I may do this one - or another similar one - again.  Wish I hadn’t gotten so dark with the bee.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

MORE REFERENCE PHOTOS FROM WALKS

At Lakeside Park/Campbell County Extension Center - the Cicadas have arrived in our county.  Brood X is here - many people will no longer be going outside due to their fear of these red-eyed bugs.  For now, just a few in the garden…but we did see many in our St. Anne’s Woodland trail walk.