August 31, 2013

Notan Challenge

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches - Click Here to Bid

This weeks Daily Paintworks Challenge was the Notan Challenge. You can read all about it there.
We were assigned to do a sketch first to unite the darks into a harmonious patter, and then do a painting based on that drawing.

This is a funky little building in my neighborhood, and I've painted it before, but not from this photo.
For some reason, I sketched in the tree on the left, but left it out of the painting. I was kinda rushed. I set the timer for 20 minutes on this one, but went over by about 5 minutes.

Hidden House

Acrylic on Panel - 7 x 5 inches - Click Here to Bid

This is the home of a local farmer. I liked how overgrown the property was. There are tended gardens all around, and fields that have been cleared, but right up against he house was lots of trees and bushes.

August 28, 2013

Lilly Pond

Acrylic on Panel - 8 x 10 inches - Sold

Not Giverny, but Sonoma. The light was changing rapidly so I tried to quickly capture the spots where it was still hitting the pond before it was too late. It was quite a bit shadier by the time we packed up, but I think I managed to convey what it looked like when we arrived.

August 25, 2013

Lemon Pickup

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - Click Here to Bid

This truck appeared out of nowhere while I was trying to paint the house!
Actually I think I've painted the house enough so I chose to paint the truck. It also positioned my conveniently in the shade of the garage. 

August 24, 2013

Faint Hills

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches - Click Here to Bid

When we arrived to the location, it was hazy, like many mornings. I knew it would burn off if I waited a bit, but since I was already set up, I decided to try a quick sketch to capture the values of the distant hills while it was still faint.

August 23, 2013

Another "Fixer"

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches - NFS

Well, I did it again, again. It's true I did improve some things, but overall, it's just less appealing. The distant trees look see-through now, and the shapes have all become fuzzy and less interesting. I definitely got fussy with the thing and lost it. I sure hope I'm learning something by these mistakes.

August 22, 2013

A Perfectly Good Example of Not Fixing Things

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches - NFS
I spent the morning "fixing" a few paintings. Here's one I did last month, where I decided that it was too flat, as in not communicating the depth of field. So I tried to make the distant hills and trees less saturated, and made the foreground warmer. And I got rid of those pesky clouds. Result, something rather dull, and flatter.

Wow. How could I be so wrong, especially after all I've learned!

I think the original did have a few problems, but was probably more accurate in color, because it was painted on location.

Oh, it's just too painful to write anything more. Have fun comparing them as I go toss this one in the incinerator.