This is a painting of a wonderful garden just south of Seattle. The garden was started in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota. He devoted most of his life to creating this wondrous garden that includes a lovely waterfall, bridges, lakes and meandering trails. It's an open park now that is maintained by volunteers. A must see!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Well, I worked on this quite a bit more. I'm not sure how much of that is noticeable. I feel I have kind of overworked parts of it and still have some undeveloped areas. I don't seem to know when to stop. With the wet paint it is challenging to do more at the moment, so I need to put it away. I'm used to using acrylics that dry quickly and even the water based oils do dry quickly as well.
On the next painting I will have to work more on my value of colors - something I have a great deal to learn about. The whole color thing really boggles my mind. The other issue I have is trying to remember to squint and see larger shapes and values instead of getting caught in the details. Anyway, I gave this a shot. On to the next experimental lesson...and I can always come back to this one.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I have spent the past couple of years working in water based oils and just recently acrylics. I am now trying to teach myself how to paint in traditional oils. I have to admit, it's kind of overwhelming and a bit scary. But I'm up for the challenge and I'm excited to see how I can grow as an artist. Here is my first attempt at a real landscape painting and in traditional oils. I laid down the initial background yesterday and worked a couple hours this afternoon and refining it a bit. I'm pretty happy with how far I've gotten. I plan on doing more work on this one tomorrow, my trees need a bit more life in them. I'm trying to gain an understanding of value and natural colors.