I absolutely love that by ‘back in the studio’ I mean standing outside painting!
Love the color in these two images, but had the all important lesson in the importance of a thumbnail to check composition reinforced! There is a lot of dark area in the first image, could have tried a few other techniques to minimize the draw to that area, and in the second image the trees in the background need more sky to register as trees. All in all, however, I am thrilled with the results. It is exciting to produce images I am proud to sign as opposed to just a few months ago when I felt like I was banging my head on the easel and should rethink my decision to paint!
I could rob a bank and not leave a trace! I have spent the last three days blending pastels on sandpaper with my fingers – I know, but I haven’t found anything to blend with that works as well – and now I have no finger prints! If I can’t make a living at my artwork, at least it has provided me a direction!
I did, however, get this painting completed today. I must say I really like this one.
I am very happy that my last 6 paintings have been so successful. I have taken the information given to me, that I have read and my training from years ago, put it in my back pocket and painted. Now I am getting a real feel for my technique. Bloody finger tips and all!
Two sky study paintings, I am very pleased with them both. Turns out a realistic sky helps the entire image.
I am disappointed with the speckling on the second image, in order to get dark on light pastels, then light on dark pastels I used several coats of clear acrylic spray. Might be time to invest in some workable fixative.