Monday, 25 November 2013

Country Impressions

 Down the Road
7".5 x 11"/ 18.5 x 28cm.
watercolor on paper

I painted two separate plein air paintings over the last two weekends. The first was a sketch of a country road. As I was sitting nearby, an old Fiat 500 came out of nowhere and drove into my painting view. I always have my camera at an arm's reach, I managed to get a couple shots of the car driving into the distance. I love the retro feel of the image. I used my plein air sketch as a color guide, combined it with my photo reference and took various things from both.

plein air sketch 5"x 7"
watercolor on paper

I wanted to keep the energy I feel I have in my sketch by working in one sitting, mostly wet into wet. I have been looking at Joseph Zbukvic's work lately and loved what he says "painting precise locations is irrelevant; simply keep the character."

plein air sketch 5" x 7"
watercolor on paper

My second plein air sketch was painted a different day in the same vicinity. It is getting cooler here, it will be harder to paint outdoors.

I hope all is well with everyone!
Thank you for taking the time to view my work!

Friday, 15 November 2013

10 Minute Challenge


I followed the 10 minute painting exercise from the weekly Daily Paintworks Challenge. The challenge is to set a timer for 10 minutes, paint and then stop. I feel like I did improve after the fourth sketch. It especially helped in judging the water ratio, as my first sketch is very washed out compared to my last. 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Into the Fall

 Autumn Still life
watercolor painted on Strathmore paper
11" X 15"/ 27.9 X 38.1cm.

Now that we put our clocks back an hour I am more in autumn mode. That means shorter days, but there is something cozy about fall as well. I welcome slowing down a bit after the busy days of  summer.

 I bought the squash and pumpkin for Halloween decor. I love to bake and will use the pulp for pies and other baked goods typical of this period.  This pumpkin is a different variety than the one's we use in the U.S. for Halloween. They sell them by the slice or whole at the market and it has a delicious flavor for anyone who enjoys eating pumpkin. 

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and find fruits and vegetables are always providing me with inspiration. Not only do I take many reference photos at my local market, I like the "kitchen counter feel" to things I bring home. I set up this composition on my kitchen counter with the hope of transforming it into a painting that could express the flavors of this season.

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Very inviting presentation to buy a slice of pumpkin.I hope to use it as reference for a future painting.
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