Harvard Yard – number 2 in progress and finished

First Church, Cambridge, MA from Harvard Yard

Finished.   Not a patch on the other one unfortunately.    I’m thinking about doing another with a much more muted palette.

So this is number two on my Harvard Yard series.   Not going too well so far.   It’s getting very tight and I’m at the point where I start to panic and just splash paint about.  Never ends well.  Too dark to paint now so it will have to wait.

4 thoughts on “Harvard Yard – number 2 in progress and finished

  1. Hi Michele. Just found your blog via Rob Adams' blog. Like you I'm on a learning curve – usually not very steep – and have benefitted from the generosity of artists like Rob regarding advice and example. My own opinion, for what it's worth, is that you have some lovely brush work in these and I like your lose, fluid style. Re – your post on Rob's blog, as we all know, tonal values are absolutely key to a successful painting and, as we all know, they are the hardest thing to get right! I like Harvard Yard #2. Keep up the good work!!

  2. Hi Michele. Just found your blog via Rob Adams' blog. Like you I'm on a learning curve – usually not very steep – and have benefitted from the generosity of artists like Rob regarding advice and example. My own opinion, for what it's worth, is that you have some lovely brush work in these and I like your lose, fluid style. Re – your post on Rob's blog, as we all know, tonal values are absolutely key to a successful painting and, as we all know, they are the hardest thing to get right! I like Harvard Yard #2. Keep up the good work!!

  3. Hi Kevin – good to hear from you and many thanks for the encouragement. I too love Rob's blog. As I'm an outsider to the art world and often skeptical of its pronouncements I appreciate Rob's perspective (although I worry he gets a little too downhearted sometimes). Even though my ignorance may have led me to dismiss much of the nonsense that gets written about art on websites and elsewhere I'm reassured that someone with a much greater involvement has similar opinions.

    One of his posts was very down to earth and about 'why I paint' which led me to reassess why I do it too. After considering things like self-expression, communication of an individual's experience of a moment, representing light and other such stuff I settled on the following:

    I paint because I enjoy it. No more, no less.

  4. Hi Kevin – good to hear from you and many thanks for the encouragement. I too love Rob's blog. As I'm an outsider to the art world and often skeptical of its pronouncements I appreciate Rob's perspective (although I worry he gets a little too downhearted sometimes). Even though my ignorance may have led me to dismiss much of the nonsense that gets written about art on websites and elsewhere I'm reassured that someone with a much greater involvement has similar opinions.

    One of his posts was very down to earth and about 'why I paint' which led me to reassess why I do it too. After considering things like self-expression, communication of an individual's experience of a moment, representing light and other such stuff I settled on the following:

    I paint because I enjoy it. No more, no less.

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