Monday, May 19, 2014

CASUAL CLOUDS

CASUAL CLOUDS
These clouds created themselves from a splash of water and color that moved as it pleased.  Like "the carpet is the soul of a room" (Poe), clouds are the soul of a watercolor landscape.  Once they fixed themselves in place, a little foreground in contrasting color finished this study. Watercolor, 3x5 inch.

Friday, May 9, 2014

NOTEBOOK SKETCHES


NOTEBOOK SKETCHES
Of late I have made a resolution to work in a more disciplined fashion in my sketchbook.  It seems like a practice that's frequently recommended but one which a lot of artists find difficult to actually do.  The top image here is a tree on the property line behind my house, with the woods beyond it going down the hill to a creek.  One problem I remember vividly from when I started to paint was being able to put trees in the background so that they would seem to recede into the distance...at least now I have better tools for that.  The other image is a sunset on the tidal pond behind my sister's home on the Patuxent River in southern Maryland.  It's calm there on a spring evening, and serene.