Misty Crags

Misty Crags

Acrylic on mat board, 5″ x 7″

At first I was going to try painting something abstract, but early on the shapes were looking like objects and I developed it in that direction. The composition seems too off balanced to the left to me, but it was nice to try out acrylics again for the first time in a long while.

Right now I’m several hours into what’s suppose to be the biggest storm in this area in five years. So far it’s just a lot of rain, but later tonight is when the worst part of the storm will arrive.

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Misty Morning

Misty Morning

Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 3.25″

I was trying to make a dark neutral yesterday with a mix of burnt sienna dark and a variety of cerulean blue. To test it out I made this sketch. The paint can be used darker than this, though it’s not quite dark enough to be black. The warmer color in the sky is a light wash of the unmixed burnt sienna dark glazed over a very thin wash of the mix.

Clouds, Mountains, Forests

I’m experimenting more with black watercolors, white, and composition, as well as some of my favorite subjects. I don’t normally use gouache, but I filled a pan in my palette with white and used it on some of these. It looks like I’ve painted and drawn a lot of things in black recently. Maybe I’ll change gears and focus on a different color now.

Verdant Mist

Verdant Mist

Mixed media, watercolor and acrylic on paper, 6″x9″

I had attempted to repaint the sketch from the last post larger, but it just wasn’t working out. Eventually I decided to paint in the remaining white areas with a dark grey to practice with abstraction, but then they looked like mountains and I decided to go with that. The acrylic paint I added was some white and black liquid airbrush formula from Golden and some white heavy body formula from Liquitex. There’s a few mistakes, but that’s okay because the whole thing was almost one big mistake.

Misty Waterfalls

Misty Waterfalls

Oil on Canvas, 8″ x 10″

This is the kind of place I’d like to go to. When I started this, as I often do, I wasn’t sure what I would make and just had some basic forms. This is the result of me exploring those forms.

It’s been too long since my last post, but it’s not like I haven’t been painting. I’m actually working on a challenge in this forum thread (I’m yellow_oxide) to make 30 paintings in 30 days for the month of June. I think I have about 20 of them done, most of them already posted there, and when they’re all done I’ll post them here all at once on June 30th.

Morning on the Seine

Morning on the Seine 2

Oil on canvas, 10″ x 8″

I made another painting based on Monet’s series on the Seine, such as this painting. This is yet another painting that I started a couple of months ago and then finally got around to finishing just a couple of days ago.

I don’t remember what colors I started making this with, but at the end I painted over everything transparently using lapis lazuli (natural ultramarine, Daniel Smith), lemon ochre (PY43, Williamsburg), and a lot of zinc white (PW4, Daniel Smith). Getting a good photo with accurate colors was hard, so I did some editing to this and maybe the colors are close. They’re still a bit off though.

I think that the paintings in this series by Monet are among my favorite paintings. I keep them in a folder on my computer, along with many other artworks, that I labeled ur-poems because it was the best term I could think of for them. Everything in that folder are things that, when I look at them, seem to me to be the closest representation of an ideal in my own artistic vision that I want to achieve.

Urland 2

Urland 2

Acrylic on canvas, 7″ x 5″

Ancient mountains veiled in mist.

I used two acrylic airbrush colors (carbon black and titanium white) from Golden with a paintbrush and also a tube of regular Golden acrylic (also carbon black). The airbrush colors come in bottles and are fluid like ink. This is my first time using them. The brush I used is called a “scrubber” and has very short and stiff bristles. It’s not the kind of brush you’d expect to use with a very fluid paint, but I liked the rawness of it.