A test run of a Harvard Yard scene I’ve had on the list for a while. Not bad but not there yet.
Two versions of the March wetcanvas watercolor challenge. And boy was it a challenge. One step forward and then two back.
So what to do with the rest of the afternoon. Looking for something quirky I found this from a trip we made to Portland ME almost exactly a year ago. So why not? Not sure quite what to make of this one yet.
A quick thumbnail sketch for a painting. Tried this at a larger size and failed miserably. If I try again with better results maybe I’ll post the failure but for now - just the sketch.
Still struggling on. Trying for a loose, calligraphic style here with a textured foreground. Much harder than it looks.
Another go attempting something with subdued color. Maybe a little too tentative in places but hangs together well.
A couple of intermediate shots below. I decided to use masking fluid for the lighthouse so I could sweep the sky in wet in wet. In the end I’m not convinced it was worth the trouble.
Here is a shot after the sky went in and I’m half way through the rocks. Always a bit of a gamble rocks but they’re progressing well here. Part of the secret is to be confident, vary the colors but don’t delineate every rock outline.
I have a bit of a tendency to overdo the colors in my paintings. For this one I decided to try and mute back everything, gray out the blues and the greens etc. It didn’t turn out to be a beautiful painting but there’s lots here I like. The scrubby brushwork on the rocks came out well as did the partial wet in wet for the lighthouse itself. All in all I think it’s positive
Bit of a departure in subject matter here but I’ve learned you just have to go with your gut on these things. Very enjoyable and a great combination of subjects.
Now this one I started last night and walked away half way through in disgust. I fully intended to put this in the ‘burn’ pile this morning. Looking at it afresh, however, I thought maybe there’s something worth rescuing. by the time I’d put in the boats I think it has redeemed itself
We went to Manchester-by-the-Sea last week and strolled down to singing beach. The sun was strong and, post labor day, only a few people were on the beach. Was almost perfect and deserved a painting. Annoyingly I got too involved with the foreground and overdid it. But it definitely captures the day.