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.


Plein air to studio painting, finished!

Back to the studio painting I have been working on ... the frame is even done!
Below: the rest of the progression. (cont. from post of 10/9)

 Just so you, who may want to do commissions, are aware ...
your client may want changes. I showed my friend the piece and she
did want some changes.
I had the water quite purple, (I was thinking about the colors she liked: greens, purples, browns, mauves) but she did want the lake to be on the blue side, and the mountain to have a bit more brown. I also took out the purple in the sky and liked it MUCH better. She wanted more leaves - I agreed.
I showed this to my salon friends and they suggested more texture to the trunk and that also went well. After a few more tweaks, I said - finished! One could just paint on and on ... but there's a point of no return I think ... and it might be too much.

Reading at the Lake    24 x 36 inches     oil on canvas
 Think the values work ok.

 Here is the original again. 6 x 8 inch plein air. Is the studio painting as fresh and free as the original? I am not sure. I am saturated by both right now.

The frame Matt (husband, carver and frame-maker) made looks wonderful! 
Painting is floating in the frame. I finished it with a Walnut Gel Stain and 
topped it with a one-step Honey-Satin Stain + Polyurethane.

 When it is hanging in my friend's studio
I will take a photo and post it.

Now to get to house-cleaning, preparing for guests.
We have all the kids (+plus 1 puppy dog) coming for Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a very peaceful and wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you are!

(and thank you so much for clicking on my art blog)

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