A Little Experiment And A Hello

I have been painting up a storm even though I haven’t posted here on WordPress. I am not going to fret to see that these photos are blurry. I thought I would try using my Fire Kindle to post, so if the quality is off you will know why. The painting above was completed a couple of weeks ago. 

Another painting of the Yuba, where else?

This one was from last week.I have to admit that I miss WordPress but if you want to see what I am up to follow me on Instagram. I am pearlpsalm37 on there.


This is a plein air pastel from several years ago which I thought was a failure at the time. Now I like the moodiness and unfinished appearance. I have been sharing older paintings such as these on Instagram. 

I hope to drop by now and then to let you all know that I am still alive and well. Until the next post, cheers! ūüíĖ

Busy Makes Happy

 

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painting #1 of the South Yuba river

If any of you have wondered if I have gone missing for good, here I am! Actually what happened is that I¬†have recently purchased¬†a Kindle Fire tablet and discovered that I can¬†use it to¬†take and upload photos to Instagram. I have tried Instagram before using my cell phone but I hated the quality of the photos (picky me). Posting there is so much easier, less than a minute and I am done. It¬†takes me forever to¬†navigate around WordPress, I almost dread it because it is so funky and slow. I haven’t given up entirely on my blog here but if you want to see what I am¬†up to follow me on Instagram: Here I am!

I have also discovered that I can do a far better job of editing my photos of my paintings spot on. Going from my regular camera and editing I always seem to run into having my blues stand out a bit too much or my yellows are off.  On Instagram I am amazed how spot on I can get my paintings to be. Plus it is so fun and easy.

 

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painting #2 of Bullards

This painting was started as a plein air but finished in the studio. It was so difficult to capture what I saw there and I almost decided to turn this over and use the other side. I decided to finish it and I really like the water.

 

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painting #3 of Bullards morning light

This painting is not as yellow and pink in the sky, more subtle, keep that in mind. I had gone out to plein air paint at Bullards one morning, showed up at 5:45 am. So beautiful there but so very difficult to capture what I was looking at. I decided to sit and watch the light hit that section of trees and I think that about 30 minutes passed and I just sat and observed. In the not so long ago past, this would have upset me, the fact that I couldn’t capture what I was looking at.

Once I got back into the studio, I decided to paint entirely from my memory of the morning. It was simply magical how it poured out of me. To realize that you can’t truly capture Gods’ creation to the absolute T is imperative to being at peace as an artist, imho. But, we sure can express how we feel about what I see or experience, that is for certain. That is my goal.

 

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painting #4 of the North Yuba

Perhaps a little more detailed with the rocks than I like but then I had fun with this one. 

 

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painting #5 of the South Yuba

No don’t adjust your monitor, this was purposely painted with an out of focus, soft approach. I didn’t want to fuss with details or bringing it up to a finish, I wanted an impression, that is all. This was painted saturated wet on wet. 

Thank you for bearing with me on this long post, have a wonderful 4th of July for those who celebrate!

**A word about photos. The paintings and photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.

 

 

 

 

 

Light on the Yuba

 

I have had an obsession with light ever since I can remember. I wanted to keep a minimal approach with these paintings, it is all about the light and feeling of the river. I painted this rather quickly because I had to run multiple fans in my art room. This is on Arches 300# a quarter sheet.

I also painted this one quickly because the paint was drying super fast. Again a minimal approach. Also from the same area on the river. This is on Fabriano Soft press, and I am in love! Until I get more Lanaquelle paper that is.

This painting was started last week and I fished it today. It was painted about 80% saturated wet on wet and I finished it up wet on dry. I used Saunders Waterford I think.

I have discovered that I can post from my tablet easier than from my computer, and it is fast!

**A word about photos. The paintings and photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.

North Yuba at Indian Outpost

 

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On Schut Noblesse 140# cp quarter sheet

 

I started this painting yesterday and finished it today.¬†I didn’t bother with photos showing my progression. This paper is fairly new to me, not sure if I care¬†for it or not. I like a paper to push back at me, it seems too “mushy”, it doesn’t have a response that I like. Corrections are difficult and you have to be careful¬†because very wet washes will congeal in some spots and try to lift up in places you don’t necessarily want it to. I don’t mind a paper that puts me on the edge of my seat but I like a little teamwork.

I’ll might soften up¬†some edges of that¬†bush that leans over the rocks.

colors used: Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Quin. Gold, Aureolin, Indigo

*A word about photos. The photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.

Morning on the North Yuba

 

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on 200# Saunders quarter sheet

Oh my I am so picky today! I am thinking that I need to stretch my creative muscles and go for a really loose painting. I keep picking the above painting to bits. I have a problem with all those rocks, maybe it is my picky mood. So I started another Yuba river painting but more loose and carefree.

 

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layer number 1

I always love starting out a new painting, so exciting! I started out with wet on semi-wet here.

 

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layer #2

I often will bring the background to a certain stage than move onto the middle or foreground. I don’t like to complete a background because often it takes a back and forth work to bring a painting to the correct feeling or value.

 

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layer #3 or more

I started to move on those rocks and the back trees on the left and gradually brought the water up slowly. I used a wax crayon to protect the whites.

I do believe that those rocks were my enemy and yet I loved how a lot of them  presented that special glow that I saw that morning. In the final stage I did lump some sections of the rocks into a more concrete mass. All in all, not bad but I am missing my wild and loose and fancy free approach. I need to go bareback on that wild pony!

colors¬† used: Aureolin, Quin.¬†Gold, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Tiger’s Eye Genuine, Prussian Blue, Cereluen Blue

 

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This is the reference photo of that morning¬†on the North Yuba….beautiful, don’t you think?

*A word about photos. The photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.

 

 

 

 

 

A Peaceful Day at Little Bear Lake

 

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my first photo of my sequence of layers

I was asked to take photos of my process of painting. This is a painting of an area that I love up near the Sierra Buttes in Sierra County.  Here is a post from one of my plein air trips up to this area:  Bear Lakes Loop- World Watercolor Month #2

I planned this out carefully with a value sketch (yay me!) color swatches (yay me, again!) and then proceeded to get the job done.

When I started taking photos, at this point I believe that this was my second or third layer. I painted the background wet on dry though I did use my sprayer to help feather the paint to help create some branches, to loosen things up a bit.

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Here I started on bringing up the depth of the water, etching out those falling trees in the water, working on the foliage in back of the rocks. Another layer on the rocks I believe.

 

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completed painting on a quarter sheet 140# watercolor paper

 

This is basically finished. I do believe that I lost some vividness of the color on my last photo, it matches more with the second photo. I soften two of the rocks on the far right, scratched in some sparkles on the water, soften the edge of the water on both the background and far right. As I look at this painting. I feel that I need to clean up the top of one of those rocks where the foliage is, it looks lumpy.

I decided to go tighter this time around because now and then I like to go slow and detailed just to teach myself some order and especially to take my time. I can’t always go like a bat out of hell working through my watercolors. I do believe that I managed to make that far rock on the top left my focal point but wonder if I made all those rocks too closely related, a big lump of rocks. Next time I think that I will bring my designated rock to completion and leave the rest a little uncompleted.

colors used: Quin. gold, Aureolin, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna

*A word about photos. The photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.

 

 

Early Morning on the North Yuba

 

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on Arches 300# cp quarter sheet

Sorry about the paragraphs not having any space between them but WP is acting up for me and I can’t seem to correct it.

     This painting is from a photo from last year when the temperatures were dropping. The morning that I arrived, the sun was just creeping around the corner and the mist was so beautiful. Here is the same scene but in pastel and on en plein air:  Frosty November Morning
¬†¬†¬†¬† I have painted this scene at least 5 times. Those bushes across the river is so darn difficult to capture correctly. I didn’t worry about trying to get it to look like the photo, what is the creative¬†fun in that? None! I did the tree section in the background wet on wet and had to go back at least three times to darken and bring up what features I felt would give the scene the¬†correct nuance.
Colors used:  Aureolin, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue, Quin. Gold, Ultramarine Blue
*A word about photos. The photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.

 

Another View of Goose Lake

 

I had a difficult time getting  my photo to marry up with my painting but I tried, keep that in mind.

 

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Goose Lake on Lanaquarelle 140# quarter sheet

I have been working on multiple paintings and this one is pretty much finished though I might put in a few dark sections in the back woods. Goose Lake is up in the same area as the Sierra Buttes and for some reason I am intrigued with this view. Here are my previous posts of Goose Lake: Goose Lake in Sierra County and Pastel of Goose Lake and last but not least Acrylic of Goose Lake.

As I worked on the above painting, I kept to an over-all feeling and gist of Goose Lake and tried not to rely solely on my reference photo. I like to imagine myself at the scene, hearing the birds, feeling the environment as I paint. I usually listen to music that helps me to imagine that I am there, in this case Native American flute music. Often when I paint a forest scene, I will listen to nature and bird sounds or lately Chinese music.

Again I truly feel that it is important to paint what you know and love, but that is my own personal prerequisite. I worked on this painting (as I am accustomed to do) when I am in the zone. Once I feel my artist eye or view wane, I step away. The sky, backwoods were painted wet on wet. I went back in to put in some calligraphy. I took more care with painting the trees in the front.

Lately my goal is not to be precise or detailed, I want the essence of a scene, there is something appealing to me about this approach.

Colors used: Aureolin, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Quin. Gold, Moonglow

*A word about photos. The photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.

 

 

Moonlight Series #4

 

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on Arches 140# quarter sheet

I have been working on this one for several weeks. Yesterday I wasn’t satisfied with the other half of the painting and split it in half and switched the orientation and found out that I like it better this way! I added a bit of yellow acrylic and now I feel satisfied that it is finished.

I follow my inner creative in my decision making in what to paint or how. I had no preconceived idea on how to start this painting or finish. I wait until I get an idea of a shape or color and then follow along.

Setting aside a painting, especially an abstract is important, sometimes it takes a while for creativity.¬†It is¬†very odd that I’ll work on a painting and then discover that the orientation is different from my original plan.¬† Here are the other posts about this series: Moonlight Abstract #1¬† Moonlight Abstract #2 and Falls¬† Moonlight #3 & Co.

 

*A word about photos. The photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.

 

Sand Pond and Semi-abstract

 

 

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painting #1 on Fabriano 300# quarter sheet
I felt like a wet on wet painting day going for an atmospheric minimal kind of approach. This photo doesn’t show the depth of color as it should but you get the idea. This is the second time I have painted this particular scene which is Sand Pond looking away from the Sierra Buttes, here is that post¬†(painting #2) ¬†Watercolor Mayhem. I might bring in just a tad more value changes but then I might leave it alone. I have found that Fabriano is wonderful for wet on wet work. After using other papers, Fabriano doesn’t have the texture that I adore. I want a paper that has¬†a responsive surface, Fabriano has a cardboard feel to me. I do¬†enjoy using the Softpress variety of Fabriano, so when I discovered that Fabriano is perfect for wet on wet, I¬†decided that I will be buying more of it. One of my favorite artists, Cheng-Khee Chee uses Fabriano for his saturated wet on wet work. I almost decided¬†not to buy it again, I am so happy that I changed my mind.¬†It is also perfect in wiping off color to the white of the paper with this technique.
colors used: Aureolin, Quin. Sienna, Prussian Blue, Indathrone Blue, Quin. Gold, Cerulean Blue

 

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painting #2 wip on Arches 300# rough quarter sheet

This is a painting that I started over a week ago as a plein air and I am not so sure if it is finished or not. It started out as a waterfall but I liked it turned around and now it looks like an abstract river landscape. I have been keeping it up where I can easily view it and as I see what I need to do, I work on it, otherwise it sits quietly waiting. What’s the rush?

colors used: Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Hansa Yellow Med., Green Gold

Learning Points:

  • Wet on wet is fun!
  • Starting a painting without drawing exercises the artistic eye, no harm done.
  • Don’t be afraid to let a painting sit unfinished, sometimes it takes a bit to cook a fantastic painting.

*A word about photos. The photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.