Thursday, April 28, 2016

Water Under the Bridge

"Water Under the Bridge"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

I have had this photo in my "to paint" pile for a while now. Unfortunately, I can not recall where this photo is from. I greatly enhanced the colorings and changed some of the rocks, so it may not be recognizable. I wanted to do a painting with lots and lots of color. I think I achieved it!

I've done waterfalls before but I forgot how difficult they can be. Trying to capture moving water on a 2 dimensional surface. And, at the same time, add in vibrant colors! 

The palette in this isn't very extensive. I worked the stones with a great deal with Dioxazine purple (anyone who knows my work, knows I love that color), Indanthrene blue (another of my favorites), and Van Dyke red.  The greens were a mix with yellows and the water was the purple with some Ultramarine blue. The archway I opted for some Turner's yellow mixed (or washed over with) a bit of the Van Dyke red. 

Much fun! Next I have a commissioned home portrait to do, so a break away from landscapes for a bit.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

On the Beach

"On the Beach" - Sri Lanka
6x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This painting is for this months VPO which is visiting Sri Lanka. The original Google map view can be seen here.

 I was thrilled when I stumbled on this view - I did a bit of editing to clean up a few areas, removed the house next to it, removed a few palms. But it was a perfect image for my "slices of life" scale of 6x12, and I thought it spoke of beach life rather well. The colored towels (laundry?) hanging out front added a nice touch of color. (there was additional items hanging on a line between the trees, but they were in shadow & I thought to just leave them out).

I love to "edit" these images, to take the best and omit the not as great items. I toyed with the idea of changing the color of the house to maybe a bright yellow, but scrapped that idea after playing around with the image on the computer. The house became way too bold and I wanted a tranquil scene.

Have any of you seen the holiday commercial for Corona beer? It's aired the past few Christmas's - well, I thought of that while I painted. Even whistled the song a bit!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Under the Bridge

"Under the Bridge" - Beckhole Goathland England
9x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is a second bridge painting that I had picked out for the "Bridges" challenge on Facebook. I did not enter this one (only 1 can be entered per challenge) - the challenge said that the bridge needed to be the focal point. After working with my 2 choices, I felt the other one (Gapstow Bridge) was more about the bridge, while this one is about the view under the bridge. This is from a reference photo supplied by Sandra Cottrell in the "Photos for Artists" Facebook group.

I often paint (& photograph) that view within a view subject - be it looking through a window or door, or in this case, under the bridge. The stonework is there as a sort of frame to the image, which is the water & land. I always find working with light & shadows a bit of a challenge with these types of images and this one was no exception. I re-painted the water with various washes & glazes to achieve some sort of depth but still maintain the lighter area in the sun, while the darker part is in shadow cast by the bridge itself.

I also chose to do this scene in the 9x12 format rather than the slices format (6x12) - I couldn't make the composition work on the narrower height. But I'm happy with the way it turned out.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Liberate Your Art 2016 Postcard Swap

I made a mistake when I signed on to this project - I didn't write down which postcards I sent to Kat to be a part of the swap!! And because I sent some extras for Kat & her helpers, I really got lost! But above are the ones (I believe) I sent & were mailed out.

Starting top left & reading l-r: Trees Ablaze, Colorado ; Rural Laundry, NY ; The Old Barn (NJ or NY) ;  Northville Lake, NY ; Green Fields, Ireland ; Couple of Blondes, NYC

Only 1 person posted on the Facebook page that they received The Old Barn postcard - the rest I have not heard about at all. I can only hope they all found good homes & that the people who received them, enjoyed them!

Speaking of receiving, here are the 5 postcards I received from the swap:

 "WINTER" is from Susan Adams
 Chrome florals are from Jill Eudaly
 Robyn Legg sent this one - so intriguing
 Adorable giraffe is from Crysta Hooper
 And this lovely collage is from Charlotte

In addition, I received 1 from Kat also (she sends one to each participant) - here is her beautiful card:

And last, but definitely not least, I received a postcard from my art friend Sea Dean, which was a wonderful delight!

This was a fun project to take part in & I'm glad I did it. If I do it again next year, I plan to have extras & do side swaps. It makes it much more fun!


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