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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Yellow Aspen Maroon Bells (Acrylic Watermedia)

This is the painting I have been working on, another of my "Mountain Daydreams,"  landscapes painted in acrylics on aquabord.  This painting is based on a specific place, the Maroon Bells near Aspen. Yesterday I realized that given the vantage point, I needed to include Maroon Lake, so I worked on that,  borrowing some techniques that I have used in my oil bar paintings. (Like George Constanza in Seinfeld, I am a bit freaked out by the collision of two worlds: in this case, my oil bar painting and my acrylic watermedia paintings.) This morning, I started by straightening out the shore line, which improved the composition right away.  (Browsing through the many, many stock photos of Maroon Bells helped me see that the apparent curve of the shoreline is an optical illusion caused by the reflection of the hills.) I also added some red-violet to the mountains, actually going for maroon. I also added a bit of outline and some pale yellow to add light to the mountains.  And I adjusted the shapes of the yellow hillsides. Finally, I added a yellow wash to help the two hills "read" as one horizontal band. I have made many other tiny changes all day, and no doubt I might make more. But now I am ready to call this one finished. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Yellow Aspen Maroon Bells (Acrylic Watermedia) as of May 29, 2018

I worked on this painting this afternoon, another of my Mountain Daydreams, painted with acrylic on aquabord.  Although today was a bit of a struggle, I am happy with where this is going now.  I started by revising the mountain shapes again, for accuracy. But I also made them a bit smaller.  I needed to adjust the scale to make a little more room because I had decided that I really had to put in the lake at the base of this mountain.  And that was a struggle, but painting water is always tricky.  I borrowed some of the techniques that I use with oil bar to do this, and that seemed to work.  This is still a work in progress.