Sunday, February 20, 2011

Granite - Finished

Finished my granite painting.  Mostly just a few touch ups, highlighting some greens, adding in some flowers flowers, and adding a little more color to the granite as it really was rather colorful with some of the stains from years of wind and rain.  Re-added some of the speckles by just flicking my brush with a little dark brown and a lot of medium. 

So how do a store my left over paints?  I've tried a few things, but what seems to work the best for me and it dirt cheap is just to scrape my colors off my palette and lay them down on a styrafoam plate.  I take another styrafoam plate and place it over the one with the paints upside down and tape them together.   Then I toss this in the freezer.  Keeps my paints for a good week or two.  That big mess of paint is all the mixed paints after a painting session.  Makes for some nice grays.  Anyhow, I got that idea from another painter online somewhere, but I don't recall where.  Twas a good tip!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Northwest Canyon - WIP

Hmmm, this is definitely work in progress...not sure I can reel this one in, but I'll give it my best shot. It's been a really interesting experiment in producing rich blacks.  Hopefully I can pull off the feeling of depth this canyon has.  The water is going to be tough too as it's very clear so that you can see the boulders in the bottom of this creek, but I still need to show the reflections of the canyon walls and greenery beyond.  Yep, this ones a stretch for me :-)  11"x14" canvas board.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Granite - WIP...almost done...I think

So a quick post of last nights work on my little Granite rock painting.  I think a few more small touch-ups and I'll call her done.  Canvas board 8"x10".