Wednesday, July 20, 2011

partial rework

"Sky View Meadow II" is a partial rework of the original painting (see original below). In the original, I believe the eye bounces from the yellow area in lower right foreground to the orange area directly above. I want the viewer to have an expanded journey through this scene so I put more detail and less mass in the lower right (the entry point into the scene). From here there are a couple paths around the painting but the one my eye takes is to the continued detail on the left and up to taller pink grasses along the hilltop. Added blue to carry the eye along the treeline to the right, to the orange spot and back to foreground detail. I added detail to the trees and softened the blue hills in the distance.

Monday, July 18, 2011

dream maker

Just when I thought my life as I knew it was over and that I would be a puppy play-and-potty-slave forever, I took advantage of a short time in the Studio last night and "Dream Maker" came into being. Annie was surprisingly patient as I worked at the easel but it might have been my Totobobo mask that made her keep her distance. Finishing touches with CarbOthello pencils made a scratchy sound too tempting to resist and she was suddenly right there to investigate.

At the moment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

annie bo bannie

My distraction from painting is 10 week old Australian Shepherd,  Morning Mist's Annie Bo Bannie. Here she is in her vehicle safety restraint going for a ride in the car. We've had her just a week and after being without a dog for a dozen years, we are exhausted new parents. It gets easier each day. Today Annie made the choice - without prompting - to go off the deck onto the grass to go potty. Yay! No painting getting done but lots of smiling and laughing.