Valley Bliss

 

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on Saunders 300# 11 x 14 inches

I am on a roll and wanted to post one more time today. I tried something different for me and that was to paint on large piece of plastic board and over saturated both sides of my paper to keep it damp longer. I have to admit I loved this painting experience. It allowed me to give my painting a soft and diffused appearance.

I had enough time today to start on another painting but need to assess it to see if it needs anymore work. I am losing daylight so that tells me that it is the end of my day of painting.

Tomorrow is my day of rest so no painting for me, time to recharge. Have a wonderful weekend!

*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 Valley Scene

 

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On Winsor Newton 140# cp 11 x 14 inches

I am enjoying having scenes like these to make a whole series of paintings. I had originally started this series once I got back from my anniversary visit to the Mendocino coast. Here is the first post with several paintings that I had painted from that experience. Valley Scenes. I am focusing right now on photos that I took of the valley on the way home. I hope to evidently paint paintings from the photos of the coast.

I am enjoying a breakthrough lately with my watercolors. Two things that I have discovered lately, at least for me, is that I prefer now to stand while painting and also I have a board that is tilted at a 45 degree angle, maybe a tad less. I also step away often and tilt my head while viewing from that distance, I find that I am able to assess what is wrong or what I need to do. Learning is a never-ending process and I can live with that.

 

*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.

Valley Scenes

 

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Painting #1 On Winsor Newton #140 11 x 14 inch

On our way back from the coast celebrating our 31 anniversary, I took the opportunity to snap several dozen photos while driving into the valley area on the other side of Clear Lake, California. I somehow was able to capture the beauty of the landscape while driving along at a good 60-65 mph. No worries, my husband drove while I snapped the photos. I was a little disappointed that my photo doesn’t show the light blue in that center where it goes back in but believe me, in reality, your eye is pulled back into the trees.

 

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Painting #2 on Winsor Newton 140# 11 x 14 inches

Odd seeing views of this sort from me, isn’t it? Of the valley! The flat lands! I have to admit it has inspired me to the point of feeling like I am obsessed. I love the river, the mountains but for some reason these valley scenes brought out a creative side that has me feeling like I going 60 mph!

 

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Painting #3 on Winsor Newton 140# 11 x 14 inches

This painting doesn’t show the expanse in this photo but I tried to marry it up to the real painting. I am going to work on making these kind of paintings “lay down” better. Something to work on in the future.

 

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Painting #4 on Winsor Newton 140# 11 x 14 inches

This painting I purposely went for shapes and color. True, I could have modeled the bushes better but then again I am after feeling and the gist of the scene.

 

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Painting #5 on Winsor Newton 11 x 14 inches

This particular painting is a wip and I am not convinced that it will work. I included it just because. I might work on it more or put it in the “failed” pile. I could not get the colors to marry up with the actual painting.

Have you noticed that I have used Winsor Newton watercolor paper with these? I simply turned over failed paintings from when I first started painting with watercolors and at the time I bought a lot of the paper. Actually I like the paper because of the weave surface.

I am a bit tired and need to put these post up. I have been painting a solid 4 days, I need to rest my eyes and brain.

*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.