Progress on a Cloudy Start (5)

July 3, 2015

I really had been at a loss as to what to do with the painting. I had some suggestions, like adding little flowers in the foreground (Thanks, Patricia!). I still felt like it needed more. So I pulled the painting into Photoshop and tried some things out. What I discovered was that I needed to take out the tree to the right. Everything felt crowed with that tree. I’d already removed the castle and felt successful about that, but this involved the ground, the mountains, and the sky; could I be successful at correcting all that?

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

Here’s the painting after the tree was removed.

A cloudy start (tree removed) Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start (tree removed)
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

I have to say that I’m amazed I actually got the tree removed.

You will notice the big X on the painting. It is a square canvas and my new idea required me to find these sloping lines. You’ll see that X a little bit more here in this closeup picture of the tree removed.

A cloudy start (closeup where tree was) Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start (closeup where tree was)
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

So what am I going to add? Here’s my sketch:

A cloudy start (new sketch) Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start (new sketch)
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

It’s a girl releasing a bird from a cage. The bird is flying off to the left side of the center of the X and the girl’s head is lined up on the extending right leg of the X. I feeling the energy in this piece now.

More to come soon.

 


Progress on A Cloudy Start (4)

June 29, 2015

It’s been very hot here lately and I haven’t gotten as much done as I would have hoped. I keep thinking I should switch back to oils for a bit, at least until it cools down some, because the acrylics are drying while they’re on my palette.

Anyway, I have gotten a little done recently. I made the decision to remove the castle. I didn’t really like it at all. It felt wrong. As I’m always saying with my writing, “If it doesn’t feel right, then it isn’t. Go back to when it last felt right and start again.” So I took the plunge with my painting and did the same thing. I took out the castle. Here’s the painting without the castle:

A cloudy start (castle removed) Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start (castle removed)
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

Here’s a closeup of the area where the castle was:

A cloudy start (closeup where castle was) Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start (closeup where castle was)
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

Now I’m faced with a dilemma of what to paint in the foreground. I’ve sketched in many options with charcoal and wiped all of them off the canvas. I keep asking myself what this painting wants to say, but so far, it is keeping it’s secrets well. So, while it’s hot, I sit and stare at it. The answer will come.


Progress on A Cloudy Start (3)

June 23, 2015
A cloudy start Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

I know this will come to a shock to all of you, but look, there’s a tree! :) The castle is blocked in as well with a bright light in the window. Let’s look through our binoculars at it:

A cloudy start (castle detail) Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start (castle detail)
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

Yup, it’s a castle with an awfully big window.

A cloudy start Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

More tree branches.

Until next time…


Progress on A Cloudy Start (2)

June 17, 2015
A cloudy start Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

Here the sky and mountains are done and I’ve put a few trees in the far distance.

A cloudy start Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

Oh look, I think there’s  a castle on that mountain. Okay, that was part of the plan all along. We’ll see what happens.

Until next time…


Progress on A Cloudy Start

June 16, 2015
A cloudy start Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

I decided that the sky was way too dark. Once I got a little further and looked back at the sketch I’d originally been planning on painting, that decision may have been a bit premature. I’m hoping it will end up being “a happy accident” as Bob Ross would have said.

Anyway, here is the sky lightened and the first round of highlighting on the clouds and some depth added into the land.

I’m looking forward to going back to my original sketchbook plan and trying that again too. Two paintings out of one idea — not too bad.


A Cloudy Start

June 11, 2015

Inspired by a picture in a sketchbook from a couple years ago, I started this painting.

A cloudy start Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

A cloudy start
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015


1st Look – small paintings

June 3, 2015

Here’s a first look at some small paintings I have been working on.

Comet on the Skyline 10x8 acrylic on canvas Dawn Blair ©2015

Comet on the Skyline
10×8 acrylic on canvas
Dawn Blair ©2015

Ocean Sunset 7x5 acrylic on canvas Dawn Blair ©2015

Ocean Sunset
7×5 acrylic on canvas
Dawn Blair ©2015

Flower Pot 8x10 acrylic on canvas Dawn Blair ©2015

Flower Pot
8×10 acrylic on canvas
Dawn Blair ©2015


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