Monday, September 29, 2014

Blog Hop Delay

There will be a slight delay for my posting in the Blog Hop Around the World as I have been so busy lately. Have you ever had a period when you don't know how you will get everything done and yet you already feel like you are working at a frenzied pace?

It's like this. Take a cup, fill it to the brim with water, now run as fast as you can down the street without spilling a drop or you've lost. Yep.

I should be up to date by the end of the week and will run the post by then so stay tuned.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Watercolor Landscape - Storm

"Storm Over Cajon"
watercolor on paper, 2014
9" x 13" (22.86cm x 33.02cm)
Direct link to painting here

Although I would describe myself as a fair weather person I love stormy weather. It always makes for a great painting subject.
A nice dramatic storm rising from the Cajon Pass, the long climb from San Bernardino to the high desert, is about to pounce on the Mojave Desert.291

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Watercolor Landscape - Old Tree

"Old Tree"
watercolor on paper, 2014
9" x 13" (22.86cm x 33.02cm)
Direct link to painting here

A simple watercolor of an old tree hemmed in by lush green healthy ones. They seemed to be huddling around it, as if in a protective manner. I simplified the dark mass of trees to better play-off the lines of the foreground.

I also liked the shapes of this landscape, the troughed out foreground and the odd irrigation pipe loop so I painted it. That's it.290

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Watercolor Landscape - Palm Grove

"Palm Grove"   SOLD
watercolor on paper, 2014
9" x 13" (22.86cm x 33.02cm)

This palm grove near home made for a simple subject but challenging compositional design. Its simple design motif of the palm tree shapes could too easily lead to a boring design of repetitive shapes.
The right cropping and ratio of positive to negative shapes is what makes it work. The only trees shown in their full outline are the yellow green ones which are not big within the overall composition.

I took a more graphic approach for this watercolor using value for atmospheric depth but ignoring the rule of warm foreground to cooler bluer colors (only) as the landscape recedes, except for the distant tree line of blue and purple.
I like to test various ways of depicting distance and here I put the coldest color, blue, in the foreground, a blue green in the near middle ground, changing to a yellow green in the far middle ground. The far background falling into the cooler range of purple and blue.
The alternating cool, warm, cool still does a good job of showing distance - cool foreground, warm middle ground, cool background.
The color saturation and intensity falls somewhere in the middle of the scale but is low chroma.
I like to do simplistic studies like these to work out ideas for the more involved paintings. That way I am not committing huge blocks of time only to find out it did not work.289