Friday, March 9, 2012

First Avenue Painting Finished!

It's taken me forever, but I'm finally done with this painting - or at least 99% done. I think there are a few minor tweaks that I'll do after taking some time away from it. There was much backtracking, as I wiped down and re-painted passages that I didn't like, but I guess that's a learning experience.

3-10-12 The first image I posted, although I had carefully edited it, looked different once I posted. So I went back and shot another photo of the painting and posted it here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

More of the First Ave. WIP

I never got the time to go back and get another photo of the previous posted image of this painting, but here it is in its current incarnation...

Again, the photo is a little off, but this one is far better. There are some flaws in the painting still, but I'm thinking I won't try to correct much more, although I will finish the areas that are still incomplete.

I am really enjoying painting this...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Spring Afternoon on First Avenue

I haven't forgotten about my Pike Place Market painting, but I want to take more photos. In the meantime, this is what I'm working on now, a work-in-progress from a photo taken not far from Pike Place Market.

This is an 8x10, and I think I should have used a larger format, as this scale seemed to result in difficulties with necessary details. Live and learn. I also need a mahlstick. But I'm pretty happy with the values and the color scheme so far.

(This particular image seems to have colors that are washed out just a little - I may come back and repost a better image.)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Plant It. Paint It. Eat It.

This is a painting of a delicata squash (a winter squash) that I grew this past season. It's a lot smaller than the ones I've grown in the past because it was a horrible growing season with a lot of rain and gray skies. I seem to be painting a lot of vegetables and other edibles, which I suppose is because I'm a gardener too, and find them very beautiful. It's a 6x8 on canvas paper (actually, I think it's actual canvas in a pad format). As always, I struggled with this (maybe painting is just like that???) and probably should have quit before I did. I'm thinking I may try to mount some of these on board, so I can frame them and hang them in my kitchen. I plan to roast this squash and have it for dinner.

Here's a photo of the actual squash (can you see why I found this pretty tricky?):

And here's my painting...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another tiny painting

I got waylaid by the holidays, and only picked up a brush again this weekend. Here's my latest tiny painting...