Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 36

First attempt the blue shadow overpowers things and is too harsh.   My friend, Dianne suggested I scrub it off but that just gives a muddy look to the piece.  So a quick reattempt with a middle value shadow.  OF course then I went crazy on the tablecloth!

Threatening shadow
Pattern rhythm

Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 35

I have to say it is a lot harder to apply what we saw in the workshop, than you would think.  They make it look so easy!  Quick study of peonies.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 34

I attempted the pink flowers again.  Colors are clearer - but too varied and all the same value, I fear.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 33

The last day of the workshop he demo'd a beautiful spray of dogwoods.  He makes it look so easy!  To be loosely impressionistic and still in control.  Here are a couple of feeble attempts at applying the principles he taught.

The best part of the workshop is that it got be excited to try to work with watercolors again, and to do value studies.  As instructed, by every instructor, yet a disciple that has escaped me so far.  So  - to try for 30 days, I am attempting a value study each day to start to build the habit.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 32

First was a quick study to try the principles we are learning.

For the Second one, I thought I had a plan.  I did a value study.  Unfortunately, the value study was more successful than the watercolor.

Try 2 - well time to give it up and go to bed!

2016 Daily Painting Day 31

Every since I issued yesterday's post I have been shaking my head at myself.  For a portion of my career, I consulted clients with large computer systems on availability.  We had clients who spent significant amounts of money on tools - with no plan.  One of the experts in this field that I worked with was a soft-spoken southern women with a drawl.  She would shake her head and say," a fool with a tool is still a fool."   So my viewfinder investment does me no good if I am not willing to invest in "a plan"!

I have really enjoyed the first two days of my Watercolor Workshop with Sterling Edwards.
Although  I thought I had a plan....well.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 30

Every instructor has emphasized the benefit of doing a value sketch and a thumbnail before committing to a composition.  I have included the modifications to yesterday's painting, not because it is an improvement, quite the contrary, but because it illustrates the frustration you experience without doing this planning in advance!  So tomorrow when I go out with the local Plein Air group, I'm going to try to take the time and do this!  Saves redrawing things twice and still having a very bad composition.....sigh.  

Also, they have recommended using a viewfinder as well and I have been using an empty slide haphazardly to do this.  So today I sprung for an upgrade on Amazon.  Now I need some discipline to use it!

Lily Lake (Modified)
  I also made some unsuccessful modifications to this watercolor from last week on the bike trail when I had a meltdown and left early for much the same reason!  Lack of planning!  I can be pretty dense!

Bike Trail Bridge

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2016 Daily Painting - Day 27

Oh why, oh why, can't I stop before I have a muddy mess?!  Sigh.

Marina at Red Rock

Friday, August 12, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 26

Finished painting from Maffitt Lake outing with Dianne.
Maffitt Lake

2016 Daily Painting Day 25

Well, we picked the hottest day possible to check out the Ledges for painting.  Views are wonderful.  It was so hot I did not even finish onsite.  Which is a huge disadvantage for details.  So added some lights and calling it done, for now.