30 July, 2009
28 July, 2009
Our stay in Alabama is almost over for now. We leave for San Antonio soon but will be back in September. This painting is of a view from my friend's ranch out by Helotes. Anyway--thought you might like to see how I set up for a painting. First I take lots of photos and mask off using painters tape. This is how I determine my basic shape for the painting and zone in on the focal point. Then I do a value drawing and often shuffle things around and simplify to get my final design. I find by doing the sketch I often will notice shapes and colors that I didn't notice before. I then can exagerate or eliminate to make a stronger design. For instance in this painting I made the background mountain have a more graceful shape and added some variation in the sky color.
13 July, 2009
10 July, 2009
Another bridge and I love it! Have been taking lots of pictures of barns here in Alabama as well as lake photos. I am going to be painting alot of green here so the red barns are a nice counter point. But for now i am trying to stockpile some Riverwalk paintings as I sell them as fast as i paint them--love that River Art gallery in La Villita--don't miss it when you go to the Riverwalk!
07 July, 2009
Here we are in Guntersville, Alabama. The photo is our view of the lake literally a few steps from our back patio. We see wild geese every morning and are warned not to feed--don't worry--geese are mean but might be pretty to paint! I have just finished my first painting here--a Riverwalk scene I'll call Under the Trees. I have set up my paints where i have pretty much this same view of the lake--incredibly beautiful and peaceful. The temps have been high 80's but by 730 at night it is wonderfully cool and breezy and perfect for walking. I think we will enjoy our month here and many more to come.