Sunday, April 09, 2006
After not posting here since Christmas, I have managed to put up three paintings in one day. I started this painting in August at a workshop in Camden, Maine. It was my second painting of the day and I had only managed to get in the drawing, the sky and a few green washes before it was time to quit for the day. The barely started painting lay around in my studio for months before I picked it up last month and decided to finish it. "Port Clyde House" measures 11x15.
My Thursday painting buddies and I decided to have some fun doing abstracts. This is what I came up with after wetting the paper and dropping in quinacridone gold, permanent rose, and Winsor blue. I laid some Saran Wrap on the initial wash to texture the paper. When it dried I "found" rocks. I have to say that I have not been very successful with my previous attempts at abstracts, and I was surprised and pleased to watch this one almost paint itself.
I started "Red Amaryllis" (15x22) in January, but got sidetracked and just finished it recently. I used just about every red I had on my palette, plus a couple of yellows. This was the first year in a long time that I did not have a new amaryllis for Christmas, so I had to make to with one of the many photos I have taken of them thru the years - easier to paint this way, but not nearly as much fun.