Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Update on Most Recent Painting

Today I was very eager to go to painting class so I could get back to work on my latest watercolor.  As I am sure I have made abundantly clear, I am having difficulties (as usual) balancing all of my various activities.  Because of that, painting has taken a back seat.

I may also have mentioned that this is a painting that is going where it wants to go.  Any ideas I may have had early on?  Well, forget them.  The painting is having none of it!  Just as a reminder, here are a few of my early studies starting with one sheet of four different skies:

Next is a set of sky and foreground studies:

Here is a study of what I thought would be the closest to the complete work:

And here's where it is today:

It is worth explaining that the painting is progressing in layers, and I am trying very hard not to get ahead of it.  I did add some darker clouds directly behind the building today but then turned my attention to the foreground to begin to lay down some colors.  Following that I returned to the building to bring it along.  As you can tell from all this, I'm trying to keep everything at the same point in the process.  That makes it much easier for me to know what needs to be done where and when.  Eventually there will be more dark clouds in the sky and the foreground will be more developed.

The extension of this building would have been on the far right, but I didn't feel it should be there.  It is a quite uninteresting addition to this old house and would add nothing to my version of the view. The possible need for the rest of the building occurred to me because I had chosen a much larger size paper for the final painting which also placed the tower almost smack in the middle - drat!  This time I will not cut off a portion of the right side; I don't want to lose any of that sky.

Now the painting is whispering that there should be a truck over on the right, but I don't know if I should listen to it or not!


  1. it's really interesting how you do those studies and how they apply to the painting. It's starting to look good. Maybe Harry should be parked outside the church!

  2. I do like the ethereal nature of your last work in progress. I hope you keep some of that mystery in the final product. Much better composition than the other. I'm sure it will be fabulous when done.