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Heron at Fiske Millpond, Upton

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Heron at Fiske Millpond, Upton, MA

This was an ambitious one for me but has a lot of good stuff in it.    We were visiting our friends Mark and Geneen and Geneen mentioned that the pond up the road was beautiful and I might like to take a look at it for a painting.    She was definitely right and frankly I haven't managed to do it justice here.   The reflections on the water are magical and we managed to catch a heron perching on the large rock in the evening sun.

A couple of intermediates :

The initial washes.

Almost there here.    Especially pleased with the foliage.

Rocky Neck Sketch

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It's a couple of years since I was painting at Rocky Neck in Gloucester MA.   I did a painting on site which I wasn't particularly happy with but still wanted to revisit the scene.  Before starting on the main painting of the day I tried out a quick monochrome sketch which has something worth building on.   I'll keep this one in my back pocket for a rainy day.

Just a Bit of Fun - Sunset Edition

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 Sunset on the highway.  Michele Clamp.  11"x14". Watercolor on 200lb Bockingford

Sunset on the highway.  Michele Clamp.  11"x14". Watercolor on 200lb Bockingford

So the paint just wasn't going away and I was left with orange, red and phthalo blue.   So perfect for a sunset yes?   After rooting around on paintmyphoto  I found a sunset that looked doable but not fiendish.  My previous sunsets have left something to be desired and they can end up looking pretty cheesy.   This time I think I got away with it.   Pretty happy.

 

 

Marlborough Farmhouse - Take 2

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Over the past few days I've been trying to work on improving the values in my paintings.   My attempt yesterday had good color but the values were lacking.   Today the aim was to do a value sketch of the same scene and get a better pattern of lights and darks.   As it turned out I just painted the whole thing again which wasn't the aim.   On the plus side the values are definitely better.    

Now it's up on the screen I think I need to focus in more and keep the scenes smaller and simpler.   Too much is going on for me to really get to grips with those tricky midvalues.

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Marlborough Farmhouse

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This is a lovely house literally a stone's throw away from us and always looks so lovely nestled in the trees.   After my wrestling match with the Zbukvic scenes I thought I'd try something in a small 5.5" x 7" format to see if anything had rubbed off.    Frankly I don't think so but it came out well nonetheless.

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Lake Garda Boats

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Lake Garda Boats

A marathon session today.    This is the April challenge from WetCanvas and they're always, well, challenging.    See this one from February which took me 3 goes before I got something non embarrassing.   Now this isn't perfect and it is also at a much bigger size than I usually do (16x22 - might not sound much bigger but it really makes a difference) but considering my past form on these things I'm not too unhappy.

Part way through.   Initial washes are on and boats blocked in.  The drawing is pretty on the mark which always helps enormously.

The original photo.   Look at all those boats!!!  My colors are rather drab in comparison but not too bad for a first go.

Edit:  This has *really* grown on me over the last two weeks it’s been up in my studio.   Always the sign of a good painting.      I think he deserves promotion to the inventory pages.

 

Lake Bled

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Lake Bled

At first glance this doesn't look too complicated but I wanted to have another go at a lake scene and try and get some movement in the water.    This is tricky as you have to wait until the paper has just the right amount of wetness so the ripple marks spread but not too much.   It didn't work out quite as I'd planned but this is definitely something where practice makes a lot of difference.

Otherwise this isn't the most subtle of paintings.  Too much quin gold which makes the greens far too perky.   I need to work on toning these down a bit.   Buildings came out well though so all in all things came out positive.

Canoe on Long Lake

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Time to do something different after all the flowers.   This is from a photo by Bonnie Sitter on PaintMyPhoto.    I  rooted around and found my Sterling Edwards brushes which are great for this kind of painting.  They're bristle and flat and good for working wet into wet.   At the end I hesitated about putting in the duck as I though it might be too twee but I think I got away with it.

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A change of subject after all the brightly colored flowers.   Painting it was as calming as the scene.  Greatly enjoyed it.

(Reference was a photo from Bonnie Sitter on PaintMyPhoto).

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Snow in Marlborough - Take 1 - Day 19 of 30 in 30

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I had no idea how this was going to turn out.  I don't think I've ever done a snow scene before so this was a voyage of discovery.    I think he came out quite well.   A little tentative in places and those trees could do with some work but for a first attempt I'm happy.  

Bodes well for the next 10 days.

Day 7 - Irish Castle

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Something a little different today.    Enjoyed this one very much.  Tried to keep things simple, loose and colorful.   Nothing overworked and very little detail.

In other news the new painting room is now fully equipped.  I have my new painting cart and leaning desk and we found a light in the basement that works really well for direct lighting.   I even have a mat to catch paint splatters to keep them off the carpet.  Much easier than balancing everything on my knees.  At some point I'll have to change the wall color but for now there's no excuse for paintings not to come out thick and fast.