Friday, October 19, 2012

Autumn Tree

I am beginning to fall short of my goal of one painting per week, but I think this one gets me back on track.

I have been wanted to do a painting with a different color scheme than the last few and with the onset of Autumn, I have lots of choices. This is from a photo reference but I hope to be able to paint on sight in the near future.

                                    Watercolor on 140lbs paper 9x12

I definitely love the fall, with its beautiful colors and crisp weather (and of course football).  I am planning on doing a pastel painting in the near term as well but these quick watercolors have been a breath of fresh air for me.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Our Old Shed

Our old shed sits in the corner of our yard and needs to be moved.  But to where is the question we are struggling with.  It is time to landscape the yard and add a patio and this old shed is sitting right dab in the middle of usable space.  Most likely we will use it to screen off the front yard. . .just not sure.

                                        Watercolor and ink on 140lbs paper 9x12

I have wanted to paint this scene for sometime, as I love how the dynamic shadows from our many trees flit throughout the yard during the day.  I tried something different with this one.  With all the other previous watercolor, I drew the picture (with varying level of details) in pencil, then painted.  I only inked the drawing from Munich after the watercolor was complete, leaving the paintings of Hawaii as watercolor only.  This time, I drew a rough picture in pen and ink, only using pencil to find my vanishing points and keep the picture's proper perspective.  The rest was free hand using a micron 05.  I can not tell you how satisfying this one was to complete.  I am very satisfied with the finished product.  This is more along the style that I was picturing for my "sketch crawl" pictures on location.