Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Day 20--30 Paintings in 30 Days. Switch Grass in Winter.

Switch Grass In Winter.  Watercolor.
Approximately 11 x 8 inches.
On Monday, Ohio decided to turn off the heat, and this morning it decided to start spitting snow.  Not a fan.  It is oppressively gray.  If feels like the sky is pushing down....mood, shoulders, spirit.  Blech. Don't believe me?  You can see for yourself in the picture I was riffing from below.

Palette is Indigo, Quinacridone Gold, and Quinacridone Burnt Orange (there may be a wee touch of Prussian Blue mixed in, but it is wee).  On Kilamanjaro 300 lb cold press watercolor paper.

Note:  Day 20 in Thirty Paintings in 30 Days, and I've only not painted 2 days.  I feel like a rock star!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Day 3--30 Paintings In 30 Days. Mountainside

Mountainside.  Watercolor and Crayon.
Approximately 8 x 6 inches.
Yes, the colors are really that intense.

If you follow me on instagram, I made a few changes since I posted there--I adjusted the foreground to add some brighter colors among the shadows, but also added some darks.  And, I used crayon to gray out and define the sky.  Plus, I think it benefits by cropping the top of the painting down just a little bit.  Decisions, decisions.

Honestly, one of my joys of painting is making decisions about what I want to do with my paintings--it's empowering.  My successes and my failures, and they are mine.

The palette is nearly the same as yesterday, with quin pink replacing the permanent yellow deep.

Daniel Smith--indian yellow, quin pink, and prussian blue.
Caran D'ache Crayon--light beige (although if you ask me, it looks like a grayed down white)
Kilamanjaro 300 lb cold press paper.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Day 2--30 Paintings in 30 Days. Three Trees

Three Trees.  Watercolor.
Approximately 9.5 x 7 inches.
My subconscious over rode my brain, and decided to do trees.  This started as landscape over portrait, but I liked this section better, so I cropped it in half.

I like yesterday's better, but the intent here, at least for me, is to paint every day.

Daniel Smith:  Phthalo Blue RS, Indian Yellow, and Permanent Yellow Deep
Kilamanjaro 300 lb cold press watercolor paper.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Day 1--30 paintings in 30 days. Abstract Tree Line

Abstract Tree Line.  Watercolor.
Approximately 8.5 x 12 inches.
I think I mentioned that I was planning on participating in 30 paintings in 30 days, which is organized by Leslie Saeta.  You can find more information here.

I'll try not to inundate you--there may be a lot of photos without too much text.

Again, this photo is not fantastic.  (I'm on a roll!)  There's yellow cast in the whites since I was working after dark.  I'll go back and correct it tomorrow.

Daniel Smith, Prussian Blue, Nickel Azo Yellow, and Quin Burnt Orange on Kilamanjaro 300 lb cold press paper.

Edited--took a better pic this morning (another sunny day--yay!)  see below.....