Archive for June, 2010

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June 16, 2010

I’ve been working in layers much more successfully than in the past.  I’ve started in the background and added each layer on top as the scene advances to the foreground.  I’ve  noticed a need to concentrate on composition — that silo could have been more interestingly placed– I think it happened when I cropped the painting.  –I just wasn’t thinking.

I painted the gulf scene below as my contribution to the Spirit of the Gulf Challenge… Thanks CaptElaine for sharing this challenge.

I tried to depict that beautiful water turning unbearably sour… : (

33 – Stormy day on the Loire

June 16, 2010

I didn’t much feel like painting today, but once I got going it was ok.  This is from a photo I took a couple of days ago, but accurately reflects the weather we are having today.  No particular progress today, but moving along….

Simplified cityscape

June 11, 2010

I had an awful time painting a landscape from the photo I chose to work with this week – I wasted days on it and was ready to give up oil painting altogether.  I couldn’t work out exactly where I was going wrong , but I think it had a lot to do with the fact that the photo didn’t give enough information, and also that the light source wasn’t clear, and I had a hard time being consistent. Finally yesterday I tried doing it in pastel and couldn’t do that either, without a radical simplification.  I then altered my oil painting to look more like the pastel – eliminating 3 trees in the process. I don’t know what I think of it, but here it is. 32.

Number 5 – Spirit of the Gulf Marsh

June 4, 2010

I did this marsh sun rise as my contribution to the Spirit of the Gulf Challenge… Find out about the Challenge here….
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