Friday, July 29, 2011

Trying Something Different

I've been watching a lot of other watercolor blogs and I am amazed at the ease that these other artists paint with. Everything looks so flowing, beautiful and brightly colored. I feel like my paintings look contrived compared to theirs and like I am using the medium incorrectly. So, in this next painting I am not going to worry so much about the outcome and just relax, put the color down, and have fun.

I hear a lot, especially from my younger brother, David, that all I paint is flowers. So, I'm going to try to stay away from flowers for a while. The next picutre I would like to tackle is one I took in Villefranche, France. I love the colors and the memories it brings to mind when I see it:



I did a quick sketch because I want this painting to be loose and more about the paint than the drawing. I still probably put too much into the drawing:


The drawing is not nearly exact, and that's a-okay with me. My goal on this painting is not to try hard and just do it. So here I go!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Finally Finished Poppies

The poppies are finally finished. I am pretty happy with the way they turned out but as usual there are a few things that I wish I could have done better. I may tweak it here and there in a while, when I can look at it with fresh eyes. It's hard to tell what it needs when I have been staring at it for a long time.

Two things I learned while painting the poppies:
1: Orange is easy to work with. It lifts quite well.
2: I need to work on my shadows. Hopefully I'll get some more practice with another poppy painting.

Here is the finished painting:

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Getting there...

So, once again, I haven't had much time to paint lately. Surprise, surprise! It's been hard to find time between work, studying for my multi-engine checkride, and being out of town. I did have some time while I was in Park City to make some progress on the poppies. I need to make some adjustments to what I've done and finish the centers of the flowers and I think I'll call it done!