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September 2013



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Mill Farm--plein air ink and watercolor

...and the other painting I got done this afternoon...more a painted drawing, really. I like that technique, and I had just found my brown technical pen, so I wanted to try it out...the light was SO warm.

I almost managed to clean up the thalo blue that managed to streak across the foreground of this one when I tapped the Jeep's brakes and everything went sliding onto the floor...

...such a vocabulary for a silver-haired old girl...tsk...

Notes on technique on the Flickr album--you can see it if you click on the image above...

This is the scene as it actually appeared...I shot the photo after I did the on-the-spot painting, but this illustrates clearly my feeling that we're free to make a painting, not just a reproduction of what we see.  I didn't want the fence or the tree in the foreground to take over the painting, as it surely would have, so...I just deleted them.  Ignored them.  I tweaked the size of the trees near the house, as well...


This one is really nice. It reminds me of some old book I once had showing landscape paintings.
Thank you! (Hey, I'm an old girl... *GG*)
This farm painting is lovely. Absolutely beautiful. I'm in love ...
Thank you, it was fun! (I'll be putting it up on eBay as soon as I get a breather--getting ready for the sketchcrawl and my demo at the art crawl tomorrow, getting new paintings ready to go to my gallery, and working on the new class situation, so I've been a bit distracted!)
I was stunned to see the difference between the photo and the painting and how your interpretation was so improved from reality. Thanks for showing both. I saw a show called "The Artist and the Camera: Degas to Picasso" at the SF Museum of Modern Art (and have the book). It was so interesting to see the photos the artists took of the scenes they were painting (e.g. a grungy room and unattractive model) and yet the paintings are glorious, just as this one is!
Hi Jana! That sounds like a fascinating book...I've seen an older one about artists who painted from photos, but sounds as if your books is more like what I normally do, just shoot a photo afterwards for reference, after I've done the painting. Sometimes I'll do a larger piece from my sketch or plein air painting and the photo, as I did in the recent article in Watercolor Magic, and sometimes it's just for my own information.

I went back and shot a couple of photos the other day a month or so after doing the paintings, because I thought it would be fun to have a record.

Interestingly, if I'm working FROM a photo, it's harder to break from from the reality...
It might be the same book...I just couldn't remember if they were working from the photos or just recording the scene.
Sounds interesting, anyway...