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I’ve had the idea for this one kicking around for a while. Actually it dates back to a piece I did way back when, just out of college, with a woman’s silhouetted profile and leaves blowing in the wind.

Now she’s back. The picture here is the initial “sketch” in Photoshop. I suspect I’ll be changing the landscape a bit and maybe adding a few wind turbines. I’ll post more as she progresses.

 

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This is my second attempt at this piece. Many more layers to go. The falcon at the top is still just sketched in.

I’ve had several dreams of falcons and sightings of real ones during the past year.  And for some reason angels have been coming into my work and consciousness.

My kids were kind enough to pose for a photo shoot a few weeks back. Mostly I was after their hands but I had my son do this pose and this piece just kind of flowed naturally out of it.

The falcon, amongst other things, is significant as a symbol for life’s purpose. My dream falcon was very large and white – I’ll try to make this one look like him once I start filling him in.

One thing I really like about Photoshop is that if you just don’t like where you’re heading, you can save the file under another name, delete whatever layers aren’t working out, and keep going with the original drawing or whatever you had that was working – like going back in time and taking a different route.  (Physicists now tell us the concept of progressive time is an illusion, and being able to work this way makes that seem plausible!) 🙂

My first attempt was started before my daughter opened my eyes to some of the possibilities of the medium. I was liking it until I realized how I could have approached it – then did the time warp trick and came up with something I am liking even better!  I’ll post again when it’s done.

Angel illustration, unfinished

My first (primitive) attempt at the angel.

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horse watercolor painting in pregress

Painting in progress

I have two diametrically opposite ways of approaching a painting.  One is to make preliminary sketches and plan it out.  The other is to splash a bunch of paint down and then see what comes of it.  This piece belongs to the latter category.

It was a piece of paper that’s been sitting around for years.  I think I’d done something crazy like puddle on a bunch of paint and let it dry covered with plastic wrap.  Although I liked the results, it always seemed too, well…dynamic to make a good background.  So it always ended up getting shoved back into a folder.

This time when I pulled it out, though, the horses appeared.  So I started painting them in…

Not sure how it will turn out but it’s fun to work on.

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Putting in the background

Putting in the background

The cherries are starting to look less appetizing in real life, but I’ve pretty much got them down.

Now for the background – the fun part!  I started out putting in the line of the table but didn’t like it, so opted for a real dark ground, very wet juicy.  I used Payne’s gray, Prussian blue, a little pthalo blue, and lemon and Indian yellows, dropped wet into wet.

There’s nothing like watercolor to come up with effects you’d never dream of yourself!

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Clara & Pavlov portrait in progress

Clara & Pavlov portrait in progress

Just started this double portrait of my daughter Clara and one of our dogs, Pavlov.   ( I always seem to start stuff in batches.  Maybe because it’s easier than finishing!)

There was this square Frederix watercolor canvas kicking around the studio and thought I’d finally give the thing a try.

The stuff doesn’t absorb like watercolor paper, and it’s hard to get   a decent depth of value.  You have to paint in lots of layers.  I’m finding it to be a little frustrating, since I’ve been shifting lately from a many-layers approach to a much more direct technique which seems to give me fresher, better results.

So we’ll see how it turns out.  I may have to break down and finish in acrylic or oil!

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Watercolor still life work in progress

Watercolor still life work in progress

Now the fun part – starting to paint! I figure I’d better get those cherries down first before they start getting fuzzy.

I’m using mostly Winsor & Newton paints on Kilimanjaro paper.  I often lay down a light wash before starting but didn’t this time. I’m using a little masking fluid on the highlights – let’s see if it turns out better or worse than without.

My husband walked in and said, “Whoa, looks like those cherries are just floating in midair!”

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Doesn't look like much yet but trust me, those light pencil marks are the backbone of a piece!  Look hard - you might be able to see the masking fluid.

Doesn't look like much yet but trust me, those light pencil marks are the backbone of a piece! Look hard - you might be able to see the masking fluid.

Just started a new still life!  I got started painting cherries last week while on vacation and just couldn’t stop.  (I’ll post some pics soon.)  So this week I bought more and set a few up in my studio.

Ate the rest.  They were delicious.  I’ll have to paint fast before someone snatches my models!

The pic on the left is a detail of the initial pencil sketch.  Hard to photograph.  My camera rebelled!

More to come as the piece progresses.

Here's a shot of the still life.  You can tell I'm no art photographer!  The painting should turn out well, though, in the nice north light in my studio.

Here's a shot of the still life. You can tell I'm no art photographer! The painting should turn out well, though, in the nice north light in my studio.

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Work in Progress - Horse art in watercolor 28 x22"

Work in Progress - Horse art in watercolor 28 x22"

This one’s been sitting partially done for quite some time.  Think it’s about time to pull it out and finish it!

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