Finally making some progress on this! Life gets in the way sometimes, but even baby steps moves you forward 😄
Started a new small series, going back to hands again. I can’t seem to stay away from people and figures in my painting 😄
I have been wanting to paint trees (and landscapes) for a while now, but all my attempts at plein air painting have been, well, lets say less than desirable. Trees are so lovely and magnificent and have become a personal totem of sorts for me. A friend suggested starting small, with leaves, so I can still paint the thing that I love, and not feel too frustrated. So, I did! These smaller pieces combine the ideals and concepts that matter the most to me.
The hand is positioned in the Prithvi, or Earth mudra. This gesture is used to strengthen the Earth element in the body. I coupled the positioning of the fingers with the leaf to make my own symbol representing the Earth element.
I’m really glad that I decided to keep going with this theme, and there will be more to come, although smaller, I think. (First one was a full sheet, this one is a half sheet) I had fun doing this one too, and I learned a bit about tackling things that are way out of my comfort zone! I hope you enjoy it 🙂
Finally have the time to post this finished piece. Getting ready to hand it over to my client. It didn’t come out quite like I pictured it, (does it ever?) but overall I am pleased with it. It was really fun to paint, enough that I will make some smaller paintings from the photo references that weren’t used for this one. I did succeed in loosening up my technique…. just a bit. 😉
Maybe I will stretch myself and loosen up just a bit more 😄
This piece is a commission that my sister in law requested. Her own hand is being held between the hands of our family’s beloved Nana. Alice was a funny, loving, good and kind woman who brought light into each of our lives.
Aside from the emotional connection, doing this was a real pleasure. Working solely in a monochromatic scheme allowed me to really focus on form and value. Without the “distraction” of worrying about skin tone and local color, I found it easier to achieve the the results that I am always looking for in my paintings (and don’t usually get IMHO).
It always feels good to refocus and hopefully bring this focus to the next painting.
The finished piece. I’m happy with the results, wasn’t sure how the background was going to turn out but it’s pretty much what I’d hoped 😄
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The next holiday piece is finished. It was a bit challenging but worth it, I think. I was trying to capture some of the warmth and glow of this special time of year.
It will be available soon as prints and cards in my Zazzle store.
I know I have mentioned this in posts before, but I don’t think I have have gone into any detail.
Once again while working on a painting in watercolors, I have had to start over. It happens. If you were to ask me right after I have made a mistake I would say that it happens way too often. But in more objective moments I could maybe admit that it isn’t “every single time”. And sometimes I’m even able to get to a place where I realize that it’s often the best thing that can happen. The second attempt is always better in many ways than the first one. And even less measurable but more importantly, it means I’m pushing my abilities. Yes, there are times when having a piece be “good enough” and “not perfect” is a completely valid sentiment. But those moments when you look at your piece and say ” I don’t like that, I can do better” are special, and if they are happening it means you are working and growing. Now, this is not to say that in the moment following the “ooops!” I am completely in touch with this notion, but I’m sure it’s taking less and less time to reach that emotional state. 🙂
The good news is that my process allows me to restart without it being a giant pain in the ass. I start by asking my friends and family to model for me, I set up my scenes and take reference photos. Then I draw it out freehand on tracing paper. This allows me to make mark after mark, and erase (and erase, and erase) without damaging the paper. Then I take my finished drawing and transfer it to the watercolor paper with graphite paper. So, all I need to do when starting over is transfer the drawing to another piece of watercolor paper.
So, now it’s time to just keep on painting……….