The oil painting on the easel continues, slowly. It got a fresh layer of paint yesterday. The roof is still a little bit too light, but the values are otherwise coming into line. I drove through a dense farmland fog a few days ago for over half an hour, and took lots of mental notes!
The "hump" is definitely in the rearview, anyway. This is watercolor on Arches 140 lb hot-pressed paper, 14 x 20".
I normally do my paintings, especially my watercolors, from the top down, and from back to front. I have reached the point here where I am at the plane of the side of the house, so I've begun assembling the bricks from the top down. I am not yet too concerned about cast shadows, but the color intensity will lessen as I work my way down. I also like to paint bricks in a patchwork, first to give them variety as the water/paint ratio changes as I go, but also to avoid painting wet in wet and having one brick's paint bleed into another.
Because I have two Arches hot-pressed 140 lb. watercolor blocks at 14 x 20", and two ideas for paintings, I decided to paint them concurrently. My roofscapes always begin with the sky, and anything white in shadow, so...
Because of the size of the painting (48 x 32") I decided to make a floating frame for it. Here it is, framed and now waiting for the one-man show at the Wine-Riner Gallery in Harrisonburg in May 2019.
I am proud to announce that I am now represented in the Richmond Virginia area by glave kocen gallery.
The 3200 square foot converted bottling warehouse at 1620 West Main St provides the glave kocen gallery with an ideal art space to showcase their artists' contemporary works with a transitional distinction. Richmond, the Capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, has evolved into a vibrant, cultural city with an active arts community and a notorious culinary scene.
Husband and wife gallery owners, Jennifer Glave and BJ Kocen, established the gallery in 2007 to seek out talented artists creating positive and confident work. Since 2013 the glave kocen gallery has been voted one of the Best Art Galleries in Richmond recognized by Virginia Living, Richmond Magazine and local weekly arts and culture rag, Style Weekly.
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Scraping up and mixing colors already on my palette from working on "Cow & Trucks" this morning, I am able to begin working on the very toned down 30 x 20" "Fog".
Work on this progresses, if a bit slowly.
My recent watercolor painting, used as the cover art for my most recent story collection "Down There & Others" (available on Amazon, B&N, etc.!) was just selected by the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild for their upcoming 2018 Annual Exhibition. This is the 27th annual exhibit by the CVWG. The show will run from September 7 to September 30, at the McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second Street, NW, Charlottesville, VA.
Last night my grandson Max pulled out a sketchbook of his with drawing pencils jammed in the spiral bind, to show me how he can now draw dragons. Thanks, YouTube. He did a great one, then showed me how he could smear the pencil to make grey. Very cool. He had a 6B pencil, very soft, so I was able to show him that he could get a similar grey by just drawing very very softly, not pressing down, a little fine-art lesson just slipped in there when he wasn't looking.
During the drive home this morning from my daughter's house I encountered a bit of fog along Route 276, and I thought about Max and the grey areas of his dragon, and I thought about doing a landscape in fog, every color greyed down with very little intensity, the trees like ghosts beyond the house. This pencil sketch is a totally made-up composition. It lends itself to watercolor, but I am going to do it in oil because the color mixing and balancing will be a challenge and I want to see if I can pull it off. 30 x 20" canvas should do it. Hopefully it will turn out half as good as Max's dragon.