Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thunderous Day


We've had some wonderful rainclouds hovering over the city recently, inspiring me to paint this one. I used Bristol paper, which is lighter weight and has a slight texture to it. I've experimented with washier techniques, pooling thinner paint and letting it run where it will--within reason.  As I painted this I could hear thunder cross the mesa, and immediately thought of the title. It has a certain majesty to it, I think.


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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shine


I just love sunset! I used Bristol for this one, wetting the paper to do a wet in wet approach at the top. That seemed to capture those wispy almost-not clouds, then once dry I could go back in and add the scratchy white clouds. A blender brush softened the purple cloud, and a dab of pure white made the explosive sun. There's also a little teeny line at the bottom that mimics the land plane. I like that spot...


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lofting Sky


I love playing with the way gouache works when it's re-wet. I picked up a lot of the purples from underneath, adding the greens and yellows to give it pizzazz, before finishing with more white. I think the big shadow on the ground pleased me almost as much as the cloud!

Hmmm, now that I'm getting into these larger paintings I guess I should edit the header that says all the paintings are 2.5" x 3.5"! This one is 7" x 5", on Arches 300 lb.cold press.

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