Thursday, May 27, 2010
You guessed it! Cold and windy days here again. It is getting green outdoors, but that wind won't settle down. We have been re-building corrals in order to brand some calves, and ship. Yet its to windy even for that! At least for me. So I spent several day on this cat. He is a Maine Coon Cat, I believe, and he lives in Norway. A member of WetCanvas put his picture on about a year or so ago, and I thought it was a wonderful picture. I am not so good with a camera! And I finally gave it a try. I used Sennelier pastel card , in sand color from the support. I really must stop painting cats! Well, when the wind settles down, it will be back to the plein-air!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Today I was back out in the meadow that we lease to try and capture the trees and the light of the morning. I walked around a bit, looking at all the wonderful elements of nature out there, and the colors. Trees are inspiring to me, and so difficult to get across the feeling I would like to get in them With my dogs, and all my stuff, I set out to try once again!This area seemed to show the largeness of the trees shooting up into the sky without to much other clutter to arrange. These also had sun hitting from the right sides, and shadows on the ground, so maybe , just maybe I could do something with this. Been told on W.C. website that they aren't as dark where they reach the sky as I have been making them, even when in silhouette. I have also been reading my John Carlson's landscape painting and admit I don't always understand what I think I understand. Best way to handle this to get out there and paint!This were I set myself, still thinking to keep it simple, ( KISS)---Means.....keep it simple, stupid!---I began, after doing a notan in my sketchbook, then a simple pastel underpainting washed with alcohol. Both dogs kept watch, feeling very bored I am sure. When dry, taking only moments, I began with the local color---9 x 12 white wallis---next time canson!
Hope you can see this! Anyhow, not the best---but still trying!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Skies have been on my mind a lot lately----In Nevada, we do get some great May skies! Some may be thunder clouds, and some may be just gentle moisture filled skies that have a lot of light coming thru. Cloud shadows across the valleys can be amazing, and really show a great sence of depth and distance. It really is a large world out there! Also, we had another cool couple of days giving us rain and snow, we had more than 2 inches late in the evening on May 10th, that was still there the next day. It was really wet, and very good for all the feilds that are trying to grow now. So, caught indoors I painted this sky. A watercolor, just a bit smaller than a 1/2 sheet of 200 Sauders Waterford paper, a really nice paper.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I worked this afternoon, on finishing my Oil painting. I was not too sure how to do it, and I was alone. That's not so good sometimes! But I tried. I have been reading all I can find about this stuff, so I thought I could at least finish it! But as I worked, I found many more questions than I had answers. Using the same palette of colors, this is where I stopped. Not exactly what I had in mind----but I am sure it will come with more work, thinking, and trying.