Catching Up

It’s been a while since I posted, because I haven’t been able to get the WordPress app to work. Today, I finally figured it out, so I’m just going to toss up photos of the paintings I have made in the down time, so I have them to look back at later.

This is an exercise from Ray Hendershot’s “Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors.”
This is an exercise from Ray Hendershot’s “Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors.”
This one is also an exercise from Ray Hendershot’s book.
This is a failed painting from my imagination. I stopped here.
This is a Plein air painting I did in Dalton, Ohio. When I was finished, the farmer came up and asked what I was doing, he thought I was a surveyor. I gave him the painting, and he told me he has grown up on that farm, he has farmed it his whole life.
This is a photo I took while camping in Tionesta, PA. I tried to paint it several times, but haven’t been successful yet.
This was the first attempt.
#3… at this point I gave up on this image. It’s beyond my skill right now, I can’t picture what it should look like at the end, so I don’t know how to fix it. All I know is that it’s totally overworked.
This was an exercise from Ray Hendershot’s “Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors.”
I decided to add some details inside the barn, I think it adds a lot to the painting.
This is another exercise from Ray Hendershot’s Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors. I went too dark on the wood, and relied on masking fluid to preserve the flaked paint. Unfortunately, the masking fluid created edges that were too crisp, so I had to go back and fill it in. It feels dull and lifeless as a result.
Here is another photo from the camping trip that I want to paint. I decided to paint my hard shell kayak instead of the inflatable, because I think it is more recognizable.
First I made some simple sketches of the scene to learn some more about it.
I decided to try to sketch it again, this time focusing on the leaves. It looks like that’s probably a good idea.
My first attempt was overworked in every aspect. Oops.
Here’s the second attempt, it came out much better, but the background is still drastically overworked. I’ll try again, and I think that will becomes the next “real” post.

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