Sunday, November 27, 2022

Morning Mountains (Colorado Springs) Painting as of Nov. 25, 2022

Here is my progress as of Friday, November 25th.  Using my painting reference as a guide, I filled in the middle section of the composition with pasted paper in purple and dark blue.  Things seemed to be coming together at this point.  To be continued.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Morning Mountains (Colorado Springs) Painting as of Nov. 24, 2022

Here is my current project as it looked on Thursday night.  My schedule has been crazy but have been using little bits of time to paste little bits of purple paper on the lower part of this landscape. To be continued. . . 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Morning Mountains (Colorado Springs) Painting as of Nov. 23, 2022

I worked some more on this painting this afternoon.  (This is going to be a mixed media painting with acrylic paint, but I am using pasted paper to establish the basic shapes first.)  Today I added the contours of a green hill in the foreground, working from my painting reference, posted here Nov.  18th.  These are not necessarily the final colors.  I have a collection of colored tissue paper, and I am using papers in the colors closest to what I want. Later I will modify some of the colors with acrylic paint.  To be continued.

Morning Mountains (Colorado Springs) Painting as of Nov. 22, 2022

Yesterday I continued to work on this project, a mixed media painting, acrylic paint and pasted paper. At this point, I am still using pasted paper to define areas of the landscape.  As I worked, I  adjusted the top line of the mountain with purple paper.  To get the color of morning sunlight on the mountains, I layered pale pink paper over orange.    To be continued. . .

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Morning Mountains (Colorado Springs) Painting as of Nov. 22, 2022

Today I worked on this painting for a little while.  First I used colored conte crayon to make some adjustments to my sketch, and also applied some areas of color, just to make it easier to see the different areas.  Then I started working on the sky, applying pale pink pasted paper.  This is how it looks so far.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Morning Mountains (Colorado Springs) Rough Sketch on Board

It's been a busy day but I managed to get my next painting started.  I began by trying to print out my painting reference on the computer.  It was taking forever, so I just grabbed some conte crayon and roughed in the basic composition right on the masonite board,  just using the image on my phone. Meanwhile, my printer spit out the image of my painting reference.  Although there are some mistakes in this sketch, this is pretty close to what I want.  I will need to adjust that top line, for sure.  Anyway, it's a beginning.  This is going to be acrylic and pasted paper, 16 x 20 inches.  To be continued. . . .

Friday, November 18, 2022

Morning Mountains (Colorado Springs), Reference for Painting

Yesterday I posted a photo that I took back in 2011 during a trip to Colorado.  After spending the previous night with friends in Colorado Springs, I left in the morning to drive back to Denver. But on my way out of Springs, I saw this view of the mountains in the morning light, and I stopped (in a shopping center parking lot) to take a picture.  Recently I decided I wanted to paint that scene, but the bottom half of the photo was full of cars. So I opened the image in Painter and used some cut-and-paste to get rid of wires, poles, cars, and trucks.  Then I used digital pastel to replace the foreground.  Then I kicked up the saturation just a bit and added posterizing effect.  Now I can use this as a painting reference.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Morning Mountains (Colorado Springs); Inspiration for Painting

It is time for another mountain painting.  I found this image on my computer,  a photo that I took back in 2011 during a trip to Colorado.  I had been visiting friends in Colorado Springs the day before.  I stayed over and left early the next morning to drive back up to Denver.  On the way to the highway, I stopped at a shopping center near Woodmen Road so I could get a picture of the morning light on those mountains. In Colorado, you don't have to go hiking to be inspired by a view of the mountains. You can be in a parking lot, and the view takes your breath away. However, I don't want those cars in my painting, so to get this image ready to be a painting reference, I knew I would have to make some changes.