Monday, January 16, 2017

Stockbridge Fire Station take 2 - Day 17




I was a little dissatisfied this morning after reviewing yesterday's post so decided to have another go with a slightly different view.   A definite improvement and there are many things I like about this.  Not perfect but then what is?


First the drawing.  This is a pretty much a square on view which I tend to gravitate towards.   I cropped closer in and made more of the surrounding foliage.


First I went over most of the paper with light diffuse washes.  This gives a hint of color but is mostly a kind of walkthrough to rehearse where the darks will go.   I started the final coat with the tower keeping some variation in color in the darks and letting some edges bleed so things didn't get too rigid.  In particular I painted the spindles and then washed over them with a clean damp brush so they are more diffuse and don't leap out at you. 


Onto some foliage and the main windows.   The darks are starting to define the building and again I kept the darks in the window colorful and diffuse.  


The final thing.   The red garage door had a lot of wash through it which I decided against tidying up.  I like the visual disconnect you get between something looking like an object and the wateriness of the medium.    Pretty happy with this but often tomorrow morning I have different opinions.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Day 16 - Stockbridge


Something quick today and no progress shots.     This is the old fire station in Stockbridge Mass.     Definitely getting some variation in subject in this month if nothing else.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sheep and Collie - Day 14 of 30 in 30


Something a little different today.  I wanted to do another dog to increase my chops and James suggested a collie with some sheep.  Pretty happy with this one.  The background is a little scrappy but has a certain charm.




I started off with a couple of thumbnail sketches. I still quite like the first one as it fills the paper a little better but in the end I went for something like the second one.   I liked the pose of the dog and the way the sheep were all bunched together into one big shape.


The initial drawing.   Came out pretty well although the background was worrying me.



I started with the dog to get some darks in .   He's rather fine I think.  I left the whites completely white at this point intending to go back at the end to put in some very subtle shading.   The dark parts of the coat came out well. Just a little variation in the value and added in some color to liven things up.


Some background now.   A grey to contrast with the whites and the darks made up of cadmium orange and cerulean blue.


Now onto the sheep.  A lot of yellow ochre and again leaving the whites completely white until the end to put in some shadow.


The final thing.  Maybe a little heavy on the shading for the sheep's faces but pretty happy nonetheless.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Portrait - Day 13 of 30 in 30





It was the end of the work day and I put down the keyboard and quickly dashed this one off.    I had some decent paper but only a waterbrush and my small portable watercolor pans.   Even so it had to be done.


First the drawing.  I really should have taken more time over this but...


The first washes.  I was very glad of the good Arches paper I had as this made it much easier.


Further along - pretty happy but I was rushing.


The final thing.   Not too bad given the circumstances.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Day 8 - Bulldog




This is a bit of a departure for me but I needed some preparation work for another project.   Someone has requested a large picture of 'dogs playing pool'.  Yes.  Quite.   But it is a bit of a challenge and I haven't had a lot of success with dogs before so some exploration is required.

Turns out that bulldogs are quite fun to paint and a bit like painting people.  I think he came out quite well.  A bit tentative but not bad for a first attempt.
 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Day 7 - Irish Castle




Something a little different today.    Enjoyed this one very much.  Tried to keep things simple, loose and colorful.   Nothing overworked and very little detail.

In other news the new painting room is now fully equipped.  I have my new painting cart and leaning desk and we found a light in the basement that works really well for direct lighting.   I even have a mat to catch paint splatters to keep them off the carpet.  Much easier than balancing everything on my knees.  At some point I'll have to change the wall color but for now there's no excuse for paintings not to come out thick and fast.


 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Day 4 Boat - The Bad and the Ugly





Well it had to happen sometime but not usually this early in the month.   Nothing went right and everything was a struggle.   The drawing is askew, the washes are muddy and the reflections just wouldn't behave.  I couldn't rescue it even throwing caution to the wind and slapping some broad color washes on at the end.   I'm definitely out of practice - too many birds.


Does a cropped version help?   No, not really.


Postscript:   I came back into the room after washing my pots out and found the poor thing felt so bad it had thrown itself off the easel onto the floor.  


Monday, January 2, 2017

Day 3 - Pin Mill Boat



Day three already.    I'm still setting up the new painting room and the light isn't great.  Hence the somewhat subdued color.   I'm not too displeased with this although I was winging it pretty much the whole way through.  Onwards and upwards.

Oh and I'm out of cerulean blue again!  How does this happen?
 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Day 2 of 30 in 30. Barnstable church tower



Not really what I'd envisioned.    The tower shadows were hard and I stuck the thing right in the middle.   But day two is done and dusted so there's that.





Saturday, December 31, 2016

Puffins!



Puffins are always fun to paint.   Getting this one ready for Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 painting extravaganza.


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