A slight intermission in my 30 in 30 but I’m back to it now. This is again a local view of a church in Somerville. I always liked the geometric arrangement of shapes and values and the contrast with the more organic shapes of the trees and the background. This is also on Fabriano Artistico soft press paper which I quite like. Smoother than cold press but still absorbent. It shows up the blossoms which I’m liking more and more.
Well the luck had to run out some time and this will remain unfinished and in the reject pile. I was mostly interested in the light on the buildings and wanted to keep the color muted. Neither of those things really worked out. The light doesn’t pop and the color is just drab. I’d like to do the scene justice at some point so it will remain in the to do pile.
Phew this is getting intense. Maybe something a little simpler tomorrow. It’s hard to assess the results when you’re in the midst of this challenge so I’ll just carry on and take a breather at the end. Pretty happy although I rushed to finish. (Edit: It looks a little wonky as my photo is slightly off)
A couple of intermediates
Well you can’t win them all. Struggled for 3 1/2 hours on this and it isn’t really quite finished but I’d had enough. Just couldn’t get those darks to work. Anyway – tomorrow is another day.
A couple of intermediates:
Enjoyed this a lot and managed to get some of the light effects I wanted both on the church and the trees. Was a tough one as there’s a lot going on in there.
First (actually second) up in the big ‘painting a day’ series is a Harvard Yard scene. I used to often catch a glimpse of the church through the buildings and always liked the way the light fell. I’ve done a closer view of this but never managed to capture the wider scene. Pretty happy with this one but I don’t think I’ve finished with this view yet.
A couple of intermediate shots:
This is a recurring subject for me and why not? It’s a fabulous building and this time it was for a class demo. Not entirely happy with the greens although I tried to restrain them quite a bit but on the whole I’m happy.
Cambridge Street, MA
Finally finished this one and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. Just enough looseness to give it life but precision where it needs it.
And here it is on my new hanging wall. This is my pride and joy right now. I used to put things on shelves in my old studio but everything got really cluttered very quickly. Now I can hang things immediately so I can see how they look.
Trying a no drawing experiment with this Cambridge scene. Tried this a number of times before but never really nailed it to my satisfaction. Maybe this time…
Main Street, Marlborough, MA
Finally finished. I left it on the easel for a couple of days and added a few finishing touches but it didn’t really need anything. Very pleased with this. It didn’t come out quite as I’d expected but it developed its own character as it went along. Always happy when that happens.