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.
Not as successful as the previous one I don’t think but I did enjoy this enormously. Sometimes you just need a bit of color.
This came out rather well I think. I love the texture on the statue and the muted colors. I’m getting behind so they’re coming thick and fast right now. Helps in some ways as you don’t worry too much over detail.s
Another one from the archives and a view of the very popular Motif #1 that has a bit more compositional interest than most. As usual I’m not sure about this. I’m rushing these in order to get them done in one day so there’s some areas that I should have thought through more. But on the whole it hangs together well.
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
Something rather subdued today. Lots of very close values. It is a surprisingly tricky view to paint and I’m fairly happy with it.
No intermediates today. Completely forgot.
Well this is a little better I think. This view is from a visit to Ogunquit a few years ago. I like the big sweep of rocks and snow with the house right at the top. The rocks were a bit of a challenge but it all came together.
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: