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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

It's the New Year

It's the New Year and I'm back. The holidays were great - a total goof-off time. I did manage to squeak out one fast study. A while back I decided I wanted to try to learn how to paint landscapes - not an area that I naturally do well in. That is probably why I am so determined to work on this area of my painting. That doesn't mean I intend to back off from other areas of my painting, but I really feel like a breakthrough in one area of art almost always spills over and helps strengthen other areas. So here I am with it.

It all started with a very simple photo of a striking sunset. My husband and I had just dropped our son off at work and rounded the corner of the parking lot to this open view of land that is quickly becoming diminished. I found myself remembering how open and spacious this area had been in the not so long ago past. It is called progress and I am not against progress; however, I sometimes question if all change is automatically progress.

At any rate, the photo involved a very simple landscape that made experimenting easy and possible. I wanted to take time playing with seasons, color schemes, and paint. So, San Antonio Sunset; Starry, Starry Night in San Antonio; and It Snowed For Christmas were born. They are studies. Something fun. All three are watercolor and all three were painted with a paintbrush as opposed to the study - Atmosphere (based on a different photo), which is also a watercolor painting, but is mainly layers of watercolor sprayed onto the paper. All four are on watercolor paper. These watercolor studies also give a chance to play with the actual paint itself, and see how each pigment reacts. Some pigments actually flow and dance. Others sit almost like rocks (not necessarily a bad thing if you know how to take advantage of that).

San Antonio Sunset
Starry, Starry Night in San Antonio

It Snowed on Christmas

I sincerely hope that you don't tire of seeing this particular scene because I still have more plans for it. You will probably end up being exposed to - Spring - eventually, and other color schemes are always a possibility.

Thanks for joining me one more time. This is the beginning of a new year. Do I have any great New Year's Resolutions?

Nope! I just intend to continue exploring paint, composition, color and whatever else it takes in my own personal great adventure with art.

Happy New Year everyone!

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