French Door Series
One of the things that keeps my interest high in painting a series is to start more than one painting. In my last post you saw the first one I started. It actually only has two washes on it at this point.
There were two doors in particular that I wanted to add "gesso juice" to the whiter stones around the door and so I started in on them next. I finished the one below first. I had to do some research on how to create the beaded glass and am pleased with the result but it took several stages to create it. I need to write down my notes before I forget. I will have to look at it for several more days before deciding if it is finished.
II'm editing my post to include the 2nd door which I finished today. It is in Saint Emilion and had quite an ornate insert in the door panel. I ended up putting down several layers of green and teal trying to get the right look for the different colors of green on the door due to age and oxidation.
Your input is always welcome.
Have you visited France and seen some magnificent doors as well? I would love to see your door photos.....
New Series -- A Fresh Start
Sunday was spent looking through all our photos, particularly our travel photos. What sweet memories were brought back and got me excited to pick a theme for the next several months. I decided to work on more Doors of France because I can use different techniques, sizes, and surfaces-- paper, AquaBord, and Yupo. There are so many to choose from but I'm starting with the one below. I've done my value study -- and that is what you are seeing. Next I'll choose what 3-4 colors as well as what techniques to make the wall textures. I'm excited. Please stay tuned. Maybe you'll see some of these included in my 2019 Wall Calendar which will be ready in the Fall.
Avignon streets and shutters
Well I said I would post my paintings from the 2nd 3-day Sandy Maudlin workshop. I love painting with the fluid acrylics and am still learning how to mix my favorite colors using this media. I probably could have used different colors for this so I didn't have to make changes to the yellow. Love how the lower left corner came through the process of masking each value layer before adding more intense color at each of the four value levels in this painting. It was time consuming masking each time but I think the end result is very unique and more abstract than I would have done with watercolors.
This painting of an Avignon inner city side street was a little more complicated than I had planned. It meant a lot more masking for each of the four layers. I love the glow you get on Yupo and by intensifying the color through layering. Did you notice the lady scared the three pigeons? I'm painting it again on WC paper with watercolors so watch for the difference. Looking forward to getting your comments.
Sharing my paintings with others is one of the joys in my life. Educating others about how I paint and the media I use is very important and why I wanted to reach out through this blog. Hope you will add a comment about what you see. What else would you like to see here?.
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