One painting a day since October 12, 2005, lessons and Elin's Color System. The writings behind the creation of each daily painting by this well-known oil and acrylic painter with three books out by Walter Foster Publishing and instructional DVDs on painting and color. Studio pieces and smaller works for collectors and friends, too.
Still slogging through taxes right now, but will see the light tomorrow, well before the appointment on Thursday.
In the garden, the raised beds are full of winter veggies such as spreckles lettuce and carrots, and kale. That's bouganvilla on the fence holding back the green Preserve behind the place.
The lambs are growing, the corn and squash are popping in the big garden, and there are pingpong-ball-sized green tomatoes on the heirloom Stupice plant.
Spring is definitely here!
April 5 - Conversion in The Two Paintings
Fourth Pass - Now it's time to use "gradation" in the larger areas for interest. Fun with the acrylics, dry and ready to assimilate more layers. With a palette knife and some moldling paste mixed into the pigment, I had fun putting in the distant flowering trees in the orchard at the end of the pasture.
Gradation is when a passage of color is made more interesting by the addition of closely related values and hues to break up the larger shape. There are many ways to do this, and using a palette knife is only one.
Note that there STILL are no details! Please squint your eyes to see that the values and design hold together without them. The upper (warm ground) painting has more contrast at this point, and I'm pleased with both of them.
I enjoyed family time this weekend with my Navy niece coming up to visit and bringing her friend from base. We cleaned the sheep pens, planted more of the big garden, played Playstation and generally had a great time. I hope they'll return and bring more Navy personnel looking for an experience of "working on the farm".
Today I knuckle down and do taxes, like most of you meeting the US deadline of April 15.
Thanks for all the emails--I hadn't heard from some of you for a year or more, and it is joyful to catch up with what you're up to!
April 3 - Two Horses in Acrylics, Third Stage
Third Pass, the backgrounds are really affecting the development. AS the canvases hide more and more of the underpainting, the color choices I make for these areas are influenced by that underpainting color! Look at the grasses and how the cool notes are more prevalent in the upper one (the one with the orange background) and how I stayed more withint the warm family for the blue background one. And the color choices on the horses reveal how influenced an artist can be by what's already on the canvas. A good lesson for both myself and my readers!
From this point forward, I believe each of you will have a preference for one or the other of these paintings. Think about that and let me know, and when the paintings are finished, I'll share your comments in the post following their finish..