Archive for February, 2010

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February 27, 2010

"View out the kitchen window" 7"x8" markers

Do you think I can do this?

When I saw Casey’s project and read about her ideas and goals — I was impressed.  100 landscapes sure sounds like quite a commitment.

I’ve been kind of wishy-washy lately — doing many things but not going or getting anywhere in particular.  So, when she invited anyone to participate with her, I knew I had to go for it.

Here I am with my first of 100 posts “warts and all” as Casey says, and VERY determined to see this project to completion.  A BIG thank you to Casey for the invitation!

Critiques are welcomed!

February Morning, Amboise

February 26, 2010

This probably isn’t technically a landscape, but that’s ok. Anything that’s not a still life or a portrait counts here.  I need to go back and straighten some lines and fix some angles.

I moved to cotton panels, which I found cheap at my local hardware store.  A huge step up from that awful paper.  I’m looking forward to the day when I feel that my work is worthy of all that gorgeous Claessens linen I bought (10 meters on a roll – sitting pristine in my studio).  I added a bit of cobalt blue and iridescent white to my palette here.

Number 4 – Irish coast

February 25, 2010

This a “warts and all” blog – and today’s effort is something of a wart – too muddy, not enough clear color.  It’s rainy here today, the photo I painted from is of Ireland, so somewhat gray – but I need to learn to use clean color anyway.  I haven’t yet cleaned up my palette – maybe I’ll do another one later – or maybe not.  I’m tired today after a night at the opera, and maybe I painted my mood here! This was harder to do than the simple subject matter would suggest.

View from Lisa’s Cottage – The Goat House (N°3)

February 24, 2010

I told myself before I started this that it was about yellow – and the focal point is supposed to be that patch of sunlight behind the trees.  I was also trying to use what I’ve learned about cool and warm color contrasts.  My focal point is a bit close to the center, and I’ve begun to reach the limits of my cheap paint and limited palette, I think.  A cool, lighter  yellow may have helped this painting out, and I’m starting to look forward to painting on canvas.  The paint is more thickly applied than I generally like, but I was having a tough time with getting the contrast I wanted. Also, I’m not really sure if adding those touches of red was a good idea.

Countdown – 99

February 23, 2010

Another one this morning.  I felt some improvement already – using the same materials as yesterday, with a tad of LeFranc phtalo blue added to the sky mix.

The main problem here is composition – it’s awful – how could I forget that rule about twins?

First of 100 landscapes

February 23, 2010

I did this one yesterday afternoon. As the goal is to make my first 1000 mistakes in a hurry, I’m happy that this one is already done!  Obvious faults are the unattractive shapes of the cliffs and awkward brushwork.  I’m painting on paper (those pads for oils, acrylics etc) and using cheap oils in order to loosen up.  Critical comments welcome, but please don’t tell me you like it!

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February 22, 2010

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