Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Before the Rain

Southeast Alaska weather turned in the night - from real summer with sunshine and everything - to hard wet rain today! Maybe it has to get it out of its system.
After pulling lots of alder from our side yard, before it got too big, I set up my pochade box there in the yard and had about an hour's worth of painting before it was time to help prepare dinner.
I thought I may have ruined this painting but then I put a couple of finishing touches on at about midnight last night in the studio and now I like it!
This was painted with water soluble paints and a palette knife (mostly). There is nothing to judge scale, but from the bottom of that old scrap of a tree at the bottom of the painting to the top of the tallest Indian Rhubarb is 5 or 6 feet.
I broke the centering rule (do not center things in your painting) but I like how it turned out.

Before the Rain   10" x 8"   oil on prepared board

This does not look like it does in real life, unfortunately.

Here is the value shot.

Wishing everyone a very happy Independence Day! ...coming up on Thursday!!!

Thank you for taking a peek at my blog.

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