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Friday, September 30, 2011
A beautiful day, hopefully not the last. Still struggling with fleeting light and too much green. The pictures loaded in reverse, the morning was bright and windy at Charlotte Rhodes park and the evening darkened quickly . The water is too dark or the sky is too light which I will adjust when it dries.
Posted by liz Cutler at 11:32 PM
Another oil on 12 x 12 gessoed plywood, could not resist that red tree.I was surprised how close in value the trees were despite the brilliant colors.
Posted by liz Cutler at 12:24 AM
Thursday, September 29, 2011
|Interphasing, watercolor 10 x 13 inches|
|Chondrogenesis, watercolor 10 x 13 inches|
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
|# 34 Peppers on a Platter (c)2011 DST 11x16 Watercolor|
These are tiles on a retaining wall in San Luis Obispo, California. We were actually in route to an art festival, but these tiles caught my eye as we parked the car. I decided to snap a quick photo of them to use for a sketch later. Just a reminder to me .... that I can find a subject to sketch just about anywhere.... and its time to get back into the practice/habit of frequently sketching and painting. I'm glad to be back!!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
|Wolfkind, watercolor 16 x 20 inches|
As the sun was setting tonight I braved the mosquitos and went for the sunset on the rocks on Hadley point Beach. There is a brilliant green seaweed and bits of sky reflected off the granite and pebbly beach. The mossys won but I did get great pictures for the winter studio time.
Afternoon at the Eagle Lake boat ramp. A quick painting of the splotches of sunlight on the rocks in contrast to the deep leaves. I spent way too much time getting the values and colors of the mountains behind, and edited out trees on the left which would have added more contrast to the rocks.
Posted by liz Cutler at 10:11 PM
#57 Eagle Lake boat landing the pink granite goes into the lake, so there is a beautiful salmony color that I tried to capture with the reflections and the shadow colors, this was just over an hour , and then the sun was too bright.
#58 Back over to Thompson Island picnic area, finally did some drawings of the rocks and feel like they sit in the foreground. There is bright orange seaweed that is exposed at lowtide that I can not resist painting, even if it makes the distance challenging.
# 59 This one is only 6x6 and I used linseed oil, no OMS, no turp so it was diffiicult to photograph. I had to work quickly with the sun setting and the tide coming in. It is on the Shorepath in Bar Harbor, a steady stream of people walking. This kept me focused on value and limited palette so I could work faster. There were orange highlights on the rocks which did not work so I will go back and do some value drawings.
Posted by liz Cutler at 9:44 PM
...another in the hummingbird series!
All of our hummers have all gone south now. I miss them. I photographed this little female two years ago. She sat jealously guarding her nectar source! I sketched the bird from an old printout while I waited in the car for Matty. Then I used the sketch to create this watercolor.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
This was a hard subject to figure out how to capture, but another good lesson in painting from memory. The last night in the Brooks range we camped on the shores of Matcharak Lake and woke up to the aurora borealis. You couldn't see them, but you could hear loons calling to the lights. It was a pretty cool moment, so I decided I wanted to try to paint it. I used my sketch my #34 to work from.
8 x 10", acrylic
Saturday, September 24, 2011
|# 33 Three Beach Shells (c)DST 8x12 Watercolor|
Monday, September 19, 2011
|Peach at the Beach #32 (c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis|
Moving away from painting from life every session has also helped. I wanted to paint these items at the beach last week, but without clean water (didn't want to use ocean water, or my iced coffee) I took photos and painted when I returned home. And for only twenty minutes. The piece here was finished at another short session, maybe ten minutes more. Done.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I did this painting from some photos I took upon the discovery of a well-camouflaged butterfly hiding in a Sorrel plant on a hike this summer. It was a challenge to make the butterfly be visible but also look like the plant in paint.
7 x 9", acrylic on paper
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Four more 12x12 panels, more beautiful places on Mount Desert Island, more unbelievable weather. The patterns and colors of these shadows changed quickly. I was quite a challenge. I am thinking I should remove the left shadow and amke it read road.
Same road, tried to capture the sunlight on the birches.
Posted by liz Cutler at 9:01 PM
Monday, September 12, 2011
In the nature of time and moving on with my artwork, I am going to try to catch up and post the rest of the sketches from my trip up north. They are kind of a mish-mash of themes, but fun to see all together.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Another 12x 12 oil on plywood panel, I like this format as it forces me to figure out the composition more than a rectangle. I was all packed for painting on the shore when I saw strong bands of light, in the yard so I set up and began painting shapes of light and dark. Without a thumbnail value sketch I ran into trouble, I lost the shapes of the brightly lit trees, too many directional brushstrokes and the alizerian crimson took some how over.
Posted by liz Cutler at 10:33 PM
|Dusk at Sand Flat Campground, watercolor 6 x 9 inches|
Friday, September 9, 2011
Matcharak Lake, 5 x 8"
watercolor and pen
This was a true excercise in painting from memory because I only had about half of the pencil sketch done before the plane came to pick us up. I wanted to finish it to see what I could remember from sitting and looking at a scene for a couple of minutes, and because I want to work from that place for another painting. I think this sketch has kind of a unique feel since I didn't have the chance to fill in all of the details.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
5 x 8" watercolor and gouache and pen on grey paper
Moody Mountains up valley
5 x 8" watercolor and pen
Bettels on the Koyukuk River
Here are a couple more landscapes from my trip. I was happy with the way they capture a bit of the mood of the place in addition to the scenery. The top one was a really quick sketch when the clouds were moving really fast in the distance so I couldn't worry too much about accuracy, which was good for me.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The light on the estuary pool was what atracted me to this spot , so I was enjoying all the colors until I went to paint in the tree stump in the fore ground. Even thought I used the same palette , it feels like a different painting.
Posted by liz Cutler at 5:43 PM
Monday, September 5, 2011
...the hummingbirds are going crazy at our house zooming here and there and fighting at the feeders. We have several new birds that have joined our ranks, no doubt migrating south and stopping off to refuel...
For these first three paintings I drew quickly with a pencil on watercolor paper. My plan was to paint over the top of the pencil sketches with watercolor and let the graphite show through:
I used a charcoal pencil here to sketch the form out in seconds. I then used plain water in a waterbrush to soften the charcoal and add shading. I followed that with a few strokes of watercolor. I did this in the car, and it only took a minute or two. It was meant to be a study, to help me figure out how I was going to paint the the paintings above. It's the first time I've used charcoal in over 30 years. I loved it and will be using it a lot more:
The following is the first painting in the series...one color...one paintbrush...and finished in under one minute. Again...a study to get a feel for the hummingbirds. I painted it outside just before I left to pick up Matty, then did the charcoal when I got there. I really enjoyed doing the two studies. It's fun to throw caution to the wind:
Saturday, September 3, 2011
I haven't posted much recently, but I just got back from 8 days on the Noatak River in the Brooks Range in which my primary focus was to sketch! I worked a lot on my landscape sketching, and posted three below. More to come..