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Daffodils in the Rain

May 11, 2011

Sumie inspired landscapes

March 7, 2011





I’ve decided to get back to this landscape project.   I’ve thought about it for a while, but just couldn’t get moving.  I REALLY want to complete the 100 landscapes I promised myself.  With spring coming, I hope you all are getting motivated too — I miss seeing all the lovely landscapes on this blog!

These 8×10 landscapes on watercolor paper are taking advantage of the sub zero temperatures we’ve had here in Pennsylvania this winter.

I first wet the paper thoroughly and then add the paint.  The paintings are placed outside in a protected area on my deck to dry.  The best days are extra cold and dry.  As the painting dries, ice crystals form on the paper.  It doesn’t always work, but when it does, the crystal patterns are so exciting!  I’ll then decide what to keep and what to paint over.

# 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37….A reason to love winter!

“The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.” ~Quote by Terri Guillemets

Hope to see more paintings here soon!!!

comments please…

January 14, 2011

I’m looking for some feedback…

I’ve taken a very part time job as a painting instructor for beginner /Sunday painters.  I receive a lesson plan for step by step instructions from the company,  for painting a landscape, still life or seascape, from a reference photo.   The first class I’ll be teaching is landscape.  We’ll go through each step of the painting as a class and at the end, each student leaves with a finished painting.  The classes are 2 hours long.

The first class is a landscape and this is the reference photo:

I’m excited about the job but not very excited about my paintings.  Below are my 2 attempts.

I like the sky in the first one and parts of the tree trunks.  (although the color of #2 is off a bit from the camera)

I’m interested in any  and all comments you may have.



#29 and 30!

September 4, 2010

7×10 watercolor and pencil in my sketchbook

7×10 watercolor and ink in my sketchbook

I’ve got 70 more landscapes to go….
wow and I was feeling really good about getting to 30.
But, when I think of how many more I’ve got to do …..70 sounds huge!

I like the composition of the top one — any thoughts?

#28 At the Farm

August 21, 2010

26 and 27

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… : (

Weekend in Virginia

May 23, 2010

We spent the past weekend at The Plains Virginia for the Team America Rocket Challenge Fly-off. My son is part of a rocket team that made the top 100 teams and earned a chance to launch at this beautiful equestrian arena. I had time to sit and sketch while the rockets soared into the air. That’s one launching in the above painting — look toward the upper middle of the sketch.

Here’s my husband taking a photo of me sketching … I really sketch quickly for this one.

Below is the Italian sausage concession stand .

This last one was painted here at home — our neighborhood pond has a family of swans! I’ll try painting this again… I’d like to get better at painting the grasses along the banks–I’m not happy with the way these turned out.

That’s 22, 23, 24, and 25! I’m one quarter of the way there…

getting back to this…

May 21, 2010

I’ve been absent for a while — longer than I expected — spring seems to take all my energy into the garden.

I haven’t given up this project but I am realizing just how many 100 is….. quite a lot of paintings !

This was done at the school waiting for my son…. I’m not fond of the composition here — better planning on my part would help. This seems cut off at the bottom– including the base of the building on the page could have been more successful.

The painting below was also done from my car. This is a view of the farmland at the rear of the school. I’d like it to recede into the distance better and I really don’t like that green — thalo-green I think? I had trouble getting nice variation in tones.

Last one is a farmed field behind a park here in town –more farmland –we’ve got tons of farm fields around here! I like the colors better in this one but it still doesn’t recede well. Next time I’ll try giving Mauipainter’s cool color theory a try…. cool colors to the background!

Correct me if I’m wrong—this should be 19, 20 and 21.

fields in winter #19

April 13, 2010

I found this one in my sketchbook from March when there was snow on the ground.

18 of 100

April 8, 2010

Dashed this one off and then kept working and fiddling with it….
Ah well.
Spring and my gardening continue to “call me away” from painting. I just can’t seem to keep my fingers from digging in the dirt, moving plants, and making sculptures with the trimmings.