Good Week

August 17, 2017

I had an active week of painting thus far. NAG went to Cleo's Ferry yesterday. I wasn't able to get photos of the work of others. Had to hustle off the doctor's office in Boise. My work was just okay, at best. I started off with a gouache sketch of my favorite bronze statue. It is a 5.5 X 7.5 on casein tinted paper in my sketchbook. I like it best.



 I painted a farmyard/barn across the river with the Owyhees as a backdrop. I overworked it trying to get greens I liked, but never got it right. I did a loose reproduction of the original in my studio a few minutes ago. I don't like it much either. Perhaps I need a more interesting subject and composition.



 Today's rendition:


As I said, not much good, but I like a few of the effects and learned a bit, I think.


Wednesday I completed an 11 X 14 painting of horses dragging a feeding sleigh through snow.  I think the fellow was headed back to the barn after feeding. I was experimenting with snow that I might like. Still looking for what works for me.




I also did a painting of sailing, inspired from our trip to Newport, Oregon. I do like it and the photo does not do the painting justice. I must find a way to do better with my phone, or camera, or I need to hire someone who knows how to get good photos of paintings. Anyway, in the oval top frame in which i placed the painting, it looks really good. 

 I am not sure I learned much this week, but I do definitely plan to practice doing less and getting more from my pigments. After it again tomorrow. 




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