Monday, November 29, 2010

Winter Watercolor

I just realized that photo shop can give me ideas to help my paintings. When I look at an image in "Image" menu and then go to "Adjustments" you can click on auto color or auto contrast. Sometimes it looks so much better that it inspires me to do another painting. In this case I am going to do another one withe darker trees. Hopefully I'll post it tomorrow!!
wc1034 Landscape 3x4 inches, watercolor on board

Monday, November 22, 2010

Watercolor Winter Landscapes

Here's the progress on one of the previous landscapes that I posted and another version of the same scene. The trees were too monochromatic so I tried to mix it up a bit. Also wanted to get a looser brush stroke.
"Winter Landscape 1030 ans 1032" watercolor on board, 3x4 inches

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Watercolor Landscapes

The views out my Riverdale windows have been amazing these past weeks. Funny I don't paint them but I do paint my idealized versions after being inspired by their colors. Here is an interesting talk on Ted Talks explaining why we might be drawn to a particuliar scene. Certainly explains it for me.
wc1029, wc1030, wc 1031 Landscapes on watercolor board, 3x4 inches

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hudson River Museum

I live near the Hudson River Museum and was there last week to see their autumn leave show. It's a small museum but I find all I need is one or two paintings that really speak to me and I'm a happy camper. It was so much easier than going into the city to a show that I've vowed to get myself over there at least once a month.
"Landscape #1028" 3x4 inches, watercolor on board

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Self portrait and friends

These are all 4x3 inches, watercolor on board.
James McMullan has written some interesting articles in the NY Times recently. Here is one about drawing heads. There are links to his other blog entries from there. All really interesting.