I thoroughly enjoyed planting annuals last week which led to inspiring a painting. I normally don't paint on the weekends, but I was able to sneak this one in yesterday. Now to get my garden in this week, if the rain lets up.
Yesterday a cityscape today carrots. No reason other than avoiding a rut. Although today's painting is different from yesterday's post it was equally difficult to photograph. Once it is dry I will post a better picture.
Reduce-Reuse-Recycle is today's mantra. I have a stack of paintings that failed miserably and never need to see the light of day. So every once in a while (usually when I run out of primed panels and don't have time to prepare them and just want to paint) I pluck one from this sad pile and just paint over the old painting.
I always feel such relief when I can "rescue"one from the pile :)
Ok, photographing wet paint on canvas is harsh as you can see. I am happy to say this painting looks much better in person. I am enjoying painting on the larger panels but I will have to order more soon. This one is a bit different from my usual. As you can see I let a lot of the underlying sketch which is quite dark show in the painting. This gives a bold contrast, but please note, I never use the color black straight from a tube, way too harsh and nothing in nature is that dark. Please do not buy a tube of black paint, mix your own, it will be richer and not too dark. I mix cadmium orange with French ultramarine blue at varying strengths for brown all the way to my darkest darks :)
Expressive and lively were my thoughts when I tackled this painting. So much going on in these street scene and I didn't want to get bogged down in the details. I would like to continue working on cityscapes with this in mind.
Another very sandy beach painting. I remember years ago how the sand on the beach would drive me nuts. Sand everywhere including in your paint I got used to it and now I don't even think about it. The warm weather has been good for the soul. Feeling refreshed and excited to paint on!