Tuesday, February 09, 2010

another san francisco fire escape

(Fabriano 5x7)

I started another fire escape scene last night. In the misfire below I used miskit/masque to block out the whites, but when I removed the miskit I thought 1) that I'd painted too much and 2) that, as usual, I was unhappy with the effect ... I could soften the hard edges I suppose, but I'd rather begin over.
Which I did, painting the scene above by painting around the whites. It's not very "readable" at the moment, but I think I'll wait and think about what to do: whatever I do I feel it shouldn't be much.
(Fabriano 7x10)
I was surfing around and looking at paintings of coconuts and realized all the ones I liked were closeups, so I cropped a photo of a painting I did a few months back ... I think it could be cropped even more!

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cathyswatercolors said...

Hi Laura, I am wondering if these are 2 seperate paintings.I like the combination of colors light greens and blues and purples,nice... I'm also enjoying the shadows. Snowing here tonight, finally I'm hoping for a snow day so I can paint.

I like the blue on the bottom fire escape? Wondering what color?

RH Carpenter said...

I like the abstracted look of the fire escape painting. And I agree with cropping the coconut painting - it makes it more powerful to have everything "in your face" with the cropped version.

Autumn Leaves said...

I really love the coconuts and you are right with the crops too. You do watercolors so well, Laura. I am awed, truly. I like the painting with the liquid frisket. Fabulous colors in both!

Noemí González said...

wonderful light!

Becca said...

Hi, I love your blog! I tried the Virtual Painting project on Google street view and had the best time painting a statue and market scene on a beach in Mexico. Thanks for the inspiration!

Nader Shenouda said...

I love the colors, they are so fresh.
And the way you use the light to highlight even more the fresh colors.
Well done.

Cathy Gatland said...

Gee, I love that abstract looking fire escape! I think it's readable as light coming through slats, and doesn't need to get much more specific at all. The varied colours in the masked version are lovely. The coconut painting also gets much more abstracted with the close crop - beautiful!

A Brush with Color said...

These are beautiful, Laura--lots of lines/lights/darks to make the fire escape paintings difficult, but they're lovely. And the coconuts are awesome! I love the cropped images.

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Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laura,

I'm always so excited to see your work. I like both versions of both works. Resist and painting around, and close and closer.

You are simply a great painter.

Take care,



How different the two techniques are! I like them both but the one with the painted around whites has a wonderful sense of freedom and energy that I love.