the studio (photo)
These brighter and longer days make me feel like
getting outside. It is still cold here, but the ice on the lake has
broken up and the snow is melting. I feel a sense of expectation and
anticipation of warmer days, new growth and the potential for new
paintings. I am finally painting again some days, now that my husband
has healed from his accident and no longer depends on me for driving.
Iíve been making a list of supplies I should
order and suggest you do the same. Be sure to have enough fresh paint
and a few quality brushes on hand at all times. Donít try to get by
with worn brushes and old, dry paint. You wonít get the same results.
I have been working on the painting I started for the winter seasonal
notes page. (See it below in the archive) Here are the latest steps.
More steps will appear in the summer notes page. The palette of colors
remains the same as in the last steps.
Rocks were added on the right and the values
deepened with another layer of paint. Texture was made by spraying with
a damp toothbrush.
The grouping of rocks at the upper right was
continued and textures were made.
Water was included by laying in strokes
of paint and softening the edges with a damp brush. This was also done
where the water spray hits the rocks. More rocks were made and darks were
added where it seemed needed.
Rocks were added across to the left
side, some merging with the water in the lower middle area. Edges were
softened and textures made.
foreground water was painted directly allowing some rocks to show through.
Sizes and shapes were varied for interest. Some spatter was added to the
More foreground water and rocks were
added. The marks that form the water were softened with a damp brush to