Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Orange Ridge (Acrylic Watermedia)

This is the painting I have been working on, and as of this morning I am willing to say it is done. I am glad I took a day to think about what to do. This morning I followed the plan I came up with yesterday. I restored a bit of purple to shadows, especially to the mountain in the foreground. I added a bit more orange and yellow to the tops of the mountains. I lightened the magenta outline a bit. And I used a pale blue wash on the sky to simplify it a bit. After that, I made a lot of tiny corrections that aren't worth noting. I now recognize this as a kind of ritual that lets me know I think the painting is just about finished. Anyway, it is time to go on to the next one. This is acrylic used with water on Aquabord, 16 x 20 inches. Another day, another "Mountain Daydream".

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Orange Ridge (Acrylic Watermedia as of Mar. 19, 2018)

This is the painting I have been working on, as it looked yesterday.  This is another  of my "Mountain Daydreams,"  painted from my imagination and my memories of the Colorado Rockies. Although I liked the purple shadows I had added, I began with the idea of adding more orange. My first idea was to use a translucent orange wash, but I pulled back when I saw that it was killing the purple, turning it brown.  So then I worked more selectively, intensifying the orange in some places.  In one or two spots, I painted through a screen with thick orange paint, on top of the purple. I was happy with that.  I also added a yellow wash to the tops of the mountains.  Finally I added magenta to outlinethe tops of each mountain.  I often add outline like that, but it is usually very pale, almost white.  When I was done for the day, I kind of liked what I had done, but was also feeling uncertain about what to do next. (That uncertainty is not necessary a bad thing.) So I have been looking at this painting and thinking it over today. Tomorrow I think I may restore some of the purple in a few places, and continue to intensify the orange toward the bottom of the picture.  I like the magenta outline, but I may make it a bit lighter in a few places, to indicate light hitting the mountains. I may also add another pale wash to the sky, to simplify it a bit. To be continued. . . .

Monday, March 19, 2018

Orange Ridge (Acrylic Watermedia as of Mar. 18, 2018)

I have continued to work on the painting that I started a few days ago, another mountain landscape.  In the last version posted, you can see I was starting to add a bit of blue-purple to suggest shadows. But I wasn't sure this was a good idea. . . I decided to put the words "orange mountains" into Google and look at the images that came up.  I saw lots of different photos, but in many cases, I saw purple shadows on the mountains.  And I liked the idea of the contrast of purple and orange. Everything I learned about color theory said yes. So I decided to go ahead even though I was afraid to lose what I already had.  I once had a painting teacher (Robert Daigle) who taught me to welcome fear as a sign that I am moving out of my comfort zone. Besides, I am painting for my first solo gallery show this summer, and the title of the show is "Exploring in the Mountains of Color."  Explorers must be brave, so I go forward, using the color wheel as my compass.  What you see here is a work in progress. To be continued...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Orange Ridge (Acrylic Watermedia as of Mar. 17, 2018)

This is the painting I started recently, as it looked yesterday.  This is acrylic paint used with water on Aquabord (16" x 20").  This is part of a series of paintings that I called "Mountain Daydreams" because they are painted from my imagination and my memories of the mountains of Colorado.  Yesterday, most of the work I did was on the sky.  I also began  to introduce some purple shadows to define and differentiate three mountains.  To be continued. . . .

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Reposting: Ring of Kerry (Watercolor)

This is a painting that I did some years ago. My friend Herman asked me to paint this scene of the Ring of Kerry, in County Kerry, Ireland, as a gift for his wife, whose name is Kerry. A few days ago, Kerry sent me a photo of her living room, decorated for St. Patrick's day, and this painting was hanging over the fireplace. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Orange Ridge (Acrylic Watermedia as of Mar. 16, 2018)

This is a painting that I started this afternoon, and this is just at a very early stage. I used acrylic paint with water, and lately have been painting on Aquabord.  I use water washoff to get some effects that look like monoprinting, and in this painting, I also applied some paint through a screen.  To be continued. . . .

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Golden Foothills (Acrylic Watermedia)

Today I worked on this painting.  I spent a lot of time on the sky, adding yellow, pink, and orange washes until I was happy with it. I also added some pale yellow to the hillsides.  This is acrylic used as watermedia, on Aquabord (16 x 20 ").  This mountain landscape is part of a series based on my imagination and my memories of the mountains of Colorado.  I think it is finished.