Day 20 of 30 January 2017

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Day 20 ¬†Happy to say I’ve been keeping up with the challenge. ¬†Not overly happy with this one. ¬† The wintery scene just looks static, the river is going up hill.. ¬†almost like it is a road way. ¬†Will promise myself to do this one over, at a later date.

Day 19 of 30 January 2017

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Just having fun with washes the last few days.  Trying not to get to heavy with the paint.   Nothing too special not any major techniques other than wet in wet.  I did let things dry a little bit.  Trying to learn to be patient.  I must pull out the hair dryer that may help the situation.  This was a scene from a picture I took up in North Conway NH

Day 17 of 30 challenge Jan 2017

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I just had a hankering to play with my Blue and  Yellow watercolors.  To experiment with stripes of each blue and then adding a yellow wash on each blue to see how they looked.  I let the blue completely dry .  Then added a medium wash of each yellow with out disturbing the bottom color.   This way the bottom color shows through the top color and changes the look.

This is a bit different from what I usually do in my paintings.. Typically I bring two colors side by side and let them mingle and do their thing, and or mix it in the palette. ¬† ¬†I’ve added the beginnings of this project below. ¬† ¬†Which began with just drawing lines, adding the painting name at the top and sides. ¬†Then proceeded painting each blue, after they where totally dry did a medium wash of yellow ¬†over the blue. ¬†I think lighter washes would probably work better. ¬†When this technique is done right it can be so beautiful.

Day 15 and 16 of 30 days Jan 2017

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Playing catch up, I found two paintings I had started years ago and decided to just experiment.  My goal was to darken the back ground and make the flowers pop color wise.  My personal opinion is first one with the two pansies are ok.. the bottom single one.. not so good.   Over worked.  Typically I would not share these but , for the spirit of doing 30 in 30  I will.  Its what I have worked on, for the project.

Tomorrow I will post something a bit different for day 17.  Basically coloring between the lines.   Experimenting with all my blues and yellows.   Painting a stripe of each blue and then doing a wash over the blues.  Not quite done but will be for tomorrow.

 

Day 14 of 30 painting challenge jan 2017

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Bass harbor light house on Mt Dessert Island Maine. ¬† ¬†This painting measures 5×7 inches on arches 300 watercolor paper. ¬†I am also posting a ¬†WIP picture and the actual picture used for inspiration. ¬†The Wip photos are very few because of how quickly these small paintings progress. ¬† Not to many stopping points. ¬†Very quick rendering.

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Almost done adding a bit more shading and detail
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The very beginning “ugly” stage. You think it will never look ok..
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Actual picture I used for inspiration. Please ask permission to use any of my photos. These are my personal collection.

Day 12 of 30 challenge2017

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My finished Painting done from a picture I took a few years ago. ¬†Cadillac mountain ¬†watching the sunset. ¬†Gorgeous place to go and visit no doubt. ¬†But I am finding more and more that I somewhat use the picture as a jumping off point. ¬†But totally ignore it pretty quickly as I start painting.. ¬†Yea I guess I”m finally getting loose and more painterly.

I must say I was not having much hope with this one as it started, therefore I only took one work in progress picture.. ¬†Thought it was going to be on the scrap pile. ¬†I’m happy with the final result. ¬†But having said that I took another picture of it and cropped it a little bit more on the left side.. ¬†That green bush there is just ¬†to dominate for my liking. ¬†Just scroll down to see WIP picture and Actual picture.

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I do like it better , but either way will work.  I have added the one shot of during the painting process and the  inspiration picture that was taken by me. Thank you for stopping by to check it out.

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This was the beginning of this painting.
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Actual picture I did this painting from