Is half a painting better than none?
Want to get one more painting out of these daffodils, but I can't go any further on this, or anything else, tonight.
Same scene as yesterday, but from a little further away. I left the roof snow-covered this time, but may have to go back and paint it dark to correct the perspective on the roof: it's really distracting to me.
Without getting into comparisons, I'll just say, looking at these both, I think yesterdays' shows the optimum distance from which to view this barn: close enough to make a bit more of the planes and shadows. Scale of objects in the picture frame is a thing I have no feeling for whatsoever (and maybe why I like Egon Scheile so much: he's the master of that and placement on the page); it's hit or miss. Which is okay--I can do another.
A nice thing happened in the sky: I used my Schmincke pan set to paint this and yesterday's painting (Laura on Laurelines had a post about them awhile back, and I got a set; I thought at first the choice of colors was a bit strange--there's no what I would think of as a pure blue--but the consistency of the paints is wonderful: they go from being bone dry to being very juicy in no time). I started painting down from the top with Prussian blue and a lot of water; then, halfway down, in the middle, I brushed in some helio turquoise, which shot up into the wash above it. It was really fun to watch!
Jan Hart, in her book (see sidebar), writes about organic and inorganic pigments; the organics run and push other colors, whereas inorganics tend to stay put ... Something to be more aware of.
A work- and chore-filled day, which I really resented because it meant I didn't have time to go out and walk in the snow; it was only an inch and will be gone tomorrow. To compensate myself, tonight I took out my photos of last February's brilliant snowstorm and made this 6x9 10-minute sketch. I like the fence and its shadow and the sky; the trees on the right and the slope on the right are too prominent, I think. It's my first horse picture ... yes, those are horses! Or sheep or large dogs, if you prefer.
Worked on the original, 11x15 (see Feb. 17 post, below), tulip picture tonight. It may be done, but my heart's not really in it, so I put it aside and did this little (5x7) one just because I had the paints out.
The reflections are a problem ... where you can see green, in the middle, the water was flat; rippled everywhere else. Couldn't pull it off on this rough (and too wet) paper. Ah well.
Snowing tonight ... unusual here, and so very pretty!
This is about as far as I'll get today, I think, and though they're not very Demuth-like, I'm happy with how the leaves are coming along ... I'm just trying to keep the washes from being flat and to vary the color.
I usually paint straight through till the painting's done, afraid if I stop I'll lose interest (and with good reason, judging from the number of unfinished paintings I have), but it's probably not a bad practice to stop and at some not-too-late point and think it over! In painting as in life I seem to bounce back and forth between impulsiveness and deliberateness.
I'm painting this on CP Saunders Waterford paper, which I've never used before, and I like it. It has a nice texture, like D'Arches, but my impression is that the paints lays on the surface longer, giving the washes more time to mingle and be manipulated, which I like.