Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Colorado Memories (As of August 24, 2016)

I started another mountain landscape this morning. This is going to be another of my "Mountain Daydreams" series, paintings done from my imagination but inspired by memories of the Colorado Rockies. I am using acrylic paint as water media paint, on watercolor paper (in this case, 9" x 12"). This is as far as I got with this painting today because I used a lot of water on it and I had to stop so it could dry before I continue.  I love the mountains best when the sunrise or sunset makes them look pink. Painting today, I realized that my first view of the mountains is often through tears. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

September Mountains

I started this painting yesterday, and finished it this morning.  I added a yellow wash to the mountains to brighten the color. Then I added some periwinkle blue areas to the sky, to define the lines of the mountains and to suggest clouds.  Then I added a few touches of pink on the tops of the mountains.  Now I think this is done. This is one of my "Mountain Daydreams," a series of landscapes painted from my imagination but inspired by memories of the mountains of Colorado. This is done with acrylic paint used as water media, on paper, in this case 9" x 12".

Monday, August 22, 2016

September Mountains (As of August 22, 2016)

I got a new painting started this morning.  This is another one of my "mountain daydreams," landscapes from my imagination but inspired by memories of Colorado, where I grew up.  I am headed out there in a few weeks, hence the title.  This is acrylic paint used with water on watercolor paper.  This is a small painting, 9" x 12".  This is as far as I got today.  I hope to finish it tomorrow.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Maple Leaves (With Prisma Filter)

Here is another experiment with the Prisma app that I downloaded recently. I took a simple closeup photo of some maple leaves during an evening walk tonight. Then I cropped it and applied the "Caribbean" filter at 100%. I like the result, so here it is.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sugar Snap Peas (Digital Woodcut)

Two days ago, I posted a photo that I took back in June, some sugar snap peas, still on the vine.  (I was out in the field, picking some of them, as part of our CSA farmshare.)  I thought the pea plants were beautiful, so I took some pictures.  Last night, I used Painter to turn this image into a digital woodcut.  I fiddled with the controls until I arrived at the amount of black outline that I wanted.  I wanted to emphasize the lines in the fence, the lines of the tendrils, and the lines in the leaves.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sugar Snap Peas (Posterized Photo)

Yesterday I posted a photo of sugar snap peas, taken in late June.  I was out in the field, picking snap peas at The Food Project (our CSA).  But I was distracted by the lovely lines and textures of the tendrils, so I took a picture.  Tonight I used Painter to clean up some of the blossoms and then create a posterized version of the image.  I also created a digital woodcut version, which I plan to post here tomorrow.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sugar Snap Peas

I have been posting some of the photos that I have taken when we go to pick up our farmshare from The Food Project.  (The Food Project is Community Supported  Agriculture or CSA and our pick-up location is Long Hill Gardens.)  Sometimes we actually get to go into the field and pick some of the vegetables. I took this photo back on June 23, when I was out picking snap peas.  Today I edited the original and cropped it to get this composition.