Friday, January 18, 2013

Farm Fresh

January 17

Funny how I "make deals" with myself and waffle on commitments. I wasn't able to stay at the studio today long enough to paint a new painting so I edited "Rosie" and was going to call it my painting of the day (again).  It wasn't really cheating, I did use a brush for a bit...  (right)

At 10 pm I buckled down and got out the watercolors.  Using an old photo I took at Grailville, a retreat center in Loveland, OH, I painted this farm scene.  It could be in Wisconsin or any other farming community...

1/17/13  "Across the Field"  7x5 watercolor on paper

I am very happy with the editing I did on Rosie's painting.  Here is the new version:

Rosie, stage 2 (SOLD!)
I detailed the eyes & adjusted the values.  
Compare this to the old version below:

Rosie, stage 1

So here's the secret about painting.  A painting is never done.  It just stops in some interesting places.  As an artist I am fully capable of working something "to death".  One of my goals is to develope a looser, more spontaneous way of painting.  These small dog portraits reflect this in a way that makes me quite happy.  

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can


  1. Really love how Rosie turned out. Great to see your work on the 30 day challenge. Rosie looks like a real love.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Susan! Yea, I really like how she turned out as well. Once I get the eyes "right" there's a soul looking back at me. Kinda spooky!


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