Saturday, February 23, 2013
12 X 16 inch oil on stretched canvas.
This is the last painting in my series of painting from Kevin MacPherson's books. I like it the best of all that I have done. I really feel like I have learned a lot by this project. My paintings don't look like his, but using his paintings as a reference has helped me to paint in a much looser style than when I first started. I was attempting to paint too much detail. (Like every leaf!)
Below is a picture of his painting from his book. You can see that mine varies a lot from his. I actually chose this painting because of his lavender sky. It looks beautiful in his painting, but mine just looked muddy and made my painting too dark. So I changed the sky to a bright sunny day.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
12 X 16 Oil on Canvas
I loved the trees in the distance in this painting! I was really happy with the values and range of colors.
However, I'm not really satisfied with the sage bushes in the foreground. No matter how many times I re-worked them, they don't read correctly to me. I don't know if it's a value problem or a warm/cool problem, but I just felt I didn't solve it.
Anyway. I have one more painting to post that is based on MacPherson's book, and then I'm going to try something else. I intend to start painting some scenes based on my own photos. I'm a little apprehensive, but I think I'm ready to do this.
I have been in a painting funk for about two months. I haven't been able to attend my painting class, and I just haven't wanted to pick up my brush at home.
Carol Marine's blog post this morning was just what I needed. I was having all those same thoughts about not painting, how poor at it I am, and a general reluctance to even start anything new. It was great to read the thoughts of Carol and others about experiencing artist's block. Maybe I am an artist. I have Block!
Thanks to all who have checked on me during this period. I really appreciate all your kind words and encouragement.