One of the new larger sky paintings. This one is sparkly in person. It is one I like quite a bit. Not sure what else to say about it! It sort of needs a bigger page for it to show up....
Below this is another large one...(what I call large is like 20 something x like 18 something or so...). I am not fond of this one. I wanted to do a night sky but as you see it just turned into something of a mess. Below The Mess (my title for it) is a small 6x4 sky that I sort of like, except the watercolor spread thing is a bit too obvious for me.
These are the as yet nowhere NEAR DONE sky oil paintings. The full sized ones actually look shittier than the paintings actually are though so I took some close ups that you can see in the gallery below.
I was trying to work all these paintings together--one with a sort of silvery blue sky, another straight up blue and another at night. BUT that didn't work so well so I switched to doing each one singly.
I am not sure where these will wind up but I have some sneaky ideas. There will certainly be more paint involved...lots more paint.
So these are the last group of the sky paintings (excluding the oils). I had a hard time with some of these paintings. There are several that were so "subtle" the photos captured almost nothing.
None of these look totally like the actual paintings--they tend to be darker. The group immediately below (and the one above) are all 6x4 postcard sized.
Below are images that are 7x 10 1/4 paintings. I am fond of all of these. They are mostly watercolor. I may have uses some gouache here and there but not much. I like using gouache as clouds.
So I busted out the charcoal and color pencils and did this. It has been sitting on this little table ever since. It actually looks BETTER in this photo than in real life.
Painting is so much better but I figure I should work on the whole drawing thing.
This painting is 12 1/8 x 16 1/8....and I am very pleased for it. I decided who it belonged to as I painted it...unless they hate it then I will get back to the drawing board. This one came out exactly as I wanted it to.
The bottom layer (blue) is watercolor while the black and white is all gouache over top of that. There are other watercolor highlights as well.
These are a couple of the three piece sky paintings (each piece is 6x4). These photos are not great and the pieces are actually better than they look here!.
I have individual photos but those are too "sparkly" because the flash went off and the iridescent medium I used came ALIVE in the photos.
More of these to come....
I think these are all watercolor only but it is entirely possible I used some white gouache.
I found these paintings behind a bed at my mom's house. They are all from, approximately, 1986 but could be anywhere from up to about 1988. All are oils on canvas board.
The one to the left (and larger below) is of the fence outside my apartment at the University of Florida It is pretty large? Bigger than 18 x 24. The tree immediately below is the magnolia that used to be on the border between my mom and neighbor's house (it has some damage--some paper is stuck to it..needs fixed.) This one is maybe 16 x 20 ish Always loved the magnolia picture.
Below the magnolia is a painting of a small courtyard outside the art department at the University of Florida. This is a small painting--probably not even 8 x10. It was from an art class (the only formal class I ever took). The instructor liked it so much he hung it in a glass case in the hallway outside the class.
The one below that is a painting outside the back of the apartment where I lived. It is amusing to me how much it looks like paintings I am doing now but more colorful.
The final painting was another class painting. I had to do some still life. There were others but...they are lost....
This new sky painting is one I just finished. It is 7 x 10 1/4 and is all watercolor.
I had several photos I cropped to only they sky from central Florida (near Mt Dora) and I tried for awhile to match the colors and tones without much success. This one is the one that I liked best. Several others similar to this are in the offing.
I wonder how they would look as oils.
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Making attempts at painting some renditions of parts of sky photos I received that are peach and violet colored. The one on the top sort of works. The one on the bottome not as much.
Both of these are 6x4 and I am going to work on some smaller ones like this. Have a larger one but it isn't close enough to done. The bottom one I am likely to fiddle with before giving up on it! (I do that)....
The problem with light backgrounds is that it is hard to add white. You are better off using the white of the paper. NOW, with these small ones the paper texture isn't right for that (in my opinion)...
OK so I need to stop with the gouaches for awhile. They take longer for me! But here are three I have been working on. The one on the left is 7 x 10 1/4. It is another bright sky with darkness creeping in. There are subtle color highlights you cannot realllly see here.
The painting on the right below is one I pictured earlier in its earliest stages! Now it is in its middle stages and still needs some work. I need to "remove" some detail I think. When I was finishing up last night I thought I had RUINED it. But it isn't ruined. Just needs some work! Both of these are a hair bigger than 12 x 16 inches.
The one on the left is a new effort at duplicating the feel of the original piece (check post below this one). It didn't but is looking decent.
I am going to put these aside and work on some very bright watercolors based on Colorado skies tonight.
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Paintings from way back to now....I had a longer description from when I first started? But if you want to see me starting to paint again after a 20 year hiatus? Scroll back. I didnt post here for years but I will try to get back to doing so.