Today was the first day back at the day job, not bad actually, but I would rather be painting. I came back home and dug this study out. I am not yet the type of painter who can finish a painting in one sitting. I have to fight struggle, rest, and try again. I think I let this sit for at least six months if not a year and then I went at it again. The biggest and best addition was the start of the Fir and Spruce trees on the slope near the waterfall. I worked on the fall a little bit and I have started to change the fjord water, both need more work. The cliff and rocks will need a lot of work before I am satisfied with them.
This is today's painting work or play. I worked on this start of Thunderstorms over the seaside. I want to work on the water and the clouds to give them extra depth and colors. I want to work on the edges with in the clouds.
I worked on the Panama Jungle Study from a few weeks back. I used a grey wash (with oil paint) to push the foliage into the background. I then added Tree trunks to the foreground and some hanging vines. I will add leaves to the foreground to finish this up, so you will be able to see the forest/jungle through the trees.
I got a late start on this. I plan to work on a lot of these little started paintings over the Memorial Day weekend. this is an overcast sky, hill with sea grass, and it will eventually have a lighthouse on the skyline of the hill. The sky and the sea grass will need some adjustment and detail, but it will wait till Saturday.
Tonight's post is a pencil sketch of a Cabbage Palm. This is part of the every day practice. I had been unhappy with some of my paintings so I have returned to sketching. I read recently about returning to basics when you are unhappy with a particular skill. That is what I am trying with these sketches.
I am back from a work trip and small personnel trip in connection. I was only able to get this small sketch of Monument Valley. I took some great pictures in Utah so hopefully I can make them into some artwork later.
Today is my Dad's Birthday, and even though I am a step son, I have never been treated as anything less than a son. This is a rare thing in the world. I have many memories as a little boy going fishing for trout in the mountains of Colorado. So I have done this colorful rendition with ink and colored pencils. Happy Birthday Dad!
Regular work has been a bear this week and I have done little to no art work. I post this because it makes me feel better to know what sort of art I have in me when I don't have to screw with the regular work.
This is a small study of a sunrise over mountain ridges done in oil paint. This is an example of atmospheric perspective. I painted in the basic ridge lines going back to the horizon. I added more white to the blue to make them seem further away. I then used the sky mix or yellow, orange and white to add the haze lines separating the different ridges.
This is part experiment run of studies, since I have been to Panama and Belize and plan to do some paintings from the sites there. This is a layered painting, I did the dark background with the white spaces. I them added the blue highlights, and the leaves. I will add a glaze to be the haze from the humidity of the jungle.