Thursday, June 21, 2018

Mountain Sunshine (Acrylic Watermedia) as of Jun. 21, 2018

I started this painting today.  This is another of my "Mountain Daydreams," paintings from my imagination and my memories of the mountains of Colorado.  I am working with acrylic with water on treated wooden board, 16 x 20 inches.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

On the Horizon (Acrylic Watermedia) as of Jun. 20, 2018

I have been away from this painting for a while (on a trip to Colorado), but have also been thinking about this painting in the meantime.  This "Mountain Daydream" is based on old memories of seeing the mountains in the distance from the high plains near Pueblo, where I grew up. I decided to rework the foreground a bit, and got started with that yesterday.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Yellow Aspen Maroon Bells (Acrylic Watermedia) Revised June 19, 2018

I have been traveling and away from this painting for a while, but I have been thinking about it.  Today I added some washes to simplify the colors and emphasize the shapes in the painting.  This is acrylic used with water on Aquabord,  16 x 20 inches.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

On the Horizon (Acrylic Watermedia) as of Jun. 3, 2018

Here is the painting I have been working on. This "Mountain Daydream" is an attempt to capture memories of the mountains on the horizon. When I was growing up in Pueblo, Colorado, a trip to the mountains was about 30 minutes away in any direction, and only an occasional excursion.  But those mountains were always visible on the horizon.  Today I lightened the sky a bit, added some red-violet wash to the brown foreground and to the foothills.  I also divided the foreground, trying to suggestion a view of the mountains from a higher vantage point.  To be continued. . . .

Saturday, June 02, 2018

On the Horizon (Acrylic Watermedia) as of Jun. 2, 2018

I started this painting two days ago. This is another "Mountain Daydream," landscapes from my imagination and memories of the Colorado mountains.  In this case, the memory is the mountains that were always on the horizon. I grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, about 30 minutes from the mountains.  But I saw them every day, and in my mind's eye, I still do.  Today I worked on the composition and the proportions.  I revised the top line of the mountains and brought the line of the sky down by about 3/8 of an inch, but it made a difference.  To make that change, I added some turquoise to the sky. I like it, but plan to make it lighter. 
I also raised the line of the foothills and used some green to define the area.  I don't think that's the final color.  I am also planning to modify the foreground color.  To be continued. . . .. .

Friday, June 01, 2018

On the Horizon (Acrylic Watermedia) as of June 1, 2018

This is the painting I started yesterday, another "Mountain Daydream," this one based on memories of the mountains I always saw on the horizon when I was growing up in Pueblo, Colorado.  Today I added some color to the sky, some white to the mountain peaks, and a suggestion of foothills.  To be continued. . . .

Thursday, May 31, 2018

On the Horizon (Acrylic Watermedia) as of May 31, 2018

I started another painting today, a mountain landscape created with acrylics used as watermedia.  These paintings are based in imagination and memory.  Like some of my most recent paintings, this is a more specific memory.  I grew up in Pueblo, Colorado.  The mountains were about 30 minutes away (Beulah, San Isabel, Colorado Springs) and going to the mountains was infrequent and a treat when I was a kid. But those mountains were always visible in the distance.  When I left Colorado, I realized that those distant mountains were in my mind's eye, and that I would always be looking for those mountains on the horizon.