Monday, November 12, 2012

Backyard Sunlight

"Backyard Sunlight" - wip
12" x 12"

I'm moving along with my backyard painting -- still messing with the foliage.  Foliage is really not my favorite thing to do -- ugh.  It's a lot of trial and error for me.  Many layers when trying to achieve depth and create pockets of sunlight.  You can see where I'm pulling out pigment.  Hopefully I'll get there soon.  Thank goodness for soft-pressed paper!  

And in case you noticed, since my last posting, I've changed the name of this painting.  I think I like "Backyard Sunlight" much better.  Now to get some more sun in there.  Have a great day . . . and thanks for stopping by.

14 comments:

  1. Kara, looks like it is coming along fine. Foliage isn't my favorite thing either, and I haven't done it often, but you manage to make it look great. Fabriano Soft Pressed...didn't realize it is easier to lift out color...used it only once for my "teapot" painting...found it to be a challenge, although it is a beautiful paper. Your end result is always wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Johanna. the Fabriano can be tricky -- doesn't take washes the same as cold-press, but I find that if you really saturate the area where you want your wash beforehand, then move the water around by tilting the paper, leaving a smooth glistening coating of water, then add your pigment, again, tilting the paper as you go, the results will be pretty good. Eventually I tilt to one side, letting the pigment and water run right off the paper onto a towel. Sometimes the wash still won't be smooth enough, but I generally put so many layers on, finally working wet onto dry, that I don't need ultra-smooth washes. I hope this helps! :)

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  2. Very interesting -- I think textural effects are what attracts me to Aquaboard, and you use that to your advantage so skillfully! I love the marks on the open door that hints weathering and the marks on the foliage are definitely adding lots of surface interest! When painting foliage my biggest fear is all the marks turn out to look similar -- in shape, size and value -- and thus lose viewer's interest fairly soon. It's always a challenge for me too. I love how you are taking your time and laboring over this rather abstract part of the painting, and adding interest by layering and pulling colors out. It's turning out great -- time well spent!

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    1. Thank you Arena. I have to get over to your blog and check things out. I love following you on Facebook. :)

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  3. Het lijkt wel een foto prachtig lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. Thank you Danielle! I appreciate your kind comments. :)

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  4. Hello Kara:) I love your foliage! It's really looking good. Different greens and different lights. It's just as beautiful as the rest of the painting. Very well done!

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  5. I love the shadows and the foliage looks great. I enjoy seeing the process you go through, it really helps me! I usually use cold press thank you for the tip.

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    1. Thank you so much Celia. I do really love the Fabriano soft-pressed . . . aquabord too. I like pulling pigment out throughout my process -- sometimes just because I prefer the look of it and a lot of times because I've messed up the values! Ha! Good luck with your painting. Oh . . . and I LOVE your name! My great-grandmother was named Cecelia and went by Celie or Celia. I always thought that if I had a daughter I would name her after my great-grandmother. :)

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  6. I love how you paint the shadows coming in. It is very impressive and amazing work.

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