Saturday, August 30, 2014

Along 13th Avenue 10" x 8"

I'm going to try doing a few urban paintings. Very nervous about being out in public but here in my neighborhood, people pretty much ignored me. It will be fun to work on my drawing skills. I discovered that it's a bit of a challenge to find a place to stand. Here I was able to find a little corner of Berg's Ski Shop's parking lot and they are closed for the summer. That's not an open door. It's a stone wall. I should have put a little sun on the south side.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Looking North at the Slough 8" x 10"

So here is my more realistic version of the slough.  Still struggling with trying to get enough paint mixed up and on the canvas.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Colorful Slough 8"x 10"

I wanted to try two new things: using purer, less grayed colors and using thicker paint. This was actually really quick to paint, I guess because I wasn't trying to make the colors accurate. While I think it's interesting, I felt like an impostor painting like that so I did another one that was more accurate and took way longer to paint.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Little Green Island 8"x 8"

This is looking south from the bike path near Terry. I saw it when I was walking back from doing the Mower Path painting.  That little island is just so green. But then those golden straw bushes just wanted to jump in and grab the limelight. Brazen hussies!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mower's Path Through the Wetlands, August 8"x 10"

It started off as a very cloudy day.  I think that's why the colors are so cool. A little blue finally showed. I was still at the end of Terry. When I had walked in a ways I came across a homeless person's camp which creeped me out a little.  Still, I was only about 20' from the bike path so I thought I'd chance it.  No one came by except some ladies collecting potentilla seeds for replanting in natural areas.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Access Road Near Amazon Slough 8"x 10"

I did this one a week ago. It is colorful but I think not quite so much as in the photo. I parked behind the tavern on Danebo. This access road runs between Danebo and Terry.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Amazon Slough, Looking East from Terry 8"x 10"

I am so glad I made it out today and think I might be able to squeeze in a painting tomorrow.  I painted over a used canvas and had some trouble getting it to accept the paint.  I think I'll avoid doing that from now on. As usual, it was a struggle but I just kept going and I am pretty happy with the result.  Wish I had put those two trees in the middle closer together to be more of a single mass.  That's how my sketch was.