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Today was another gorgeous day here in Chicagoland, so I spent quite a chunk of time outside doing yard work from a chair. I have to stick to flat areas, because of the trashed knee. We are still behind here, losing time in April and May to cold and most of June to Rain, our yard work is way behind. Tomorrow I plug in the pump for the pond, and finish cleaning up the back deck.
Day 6 Window View
We bought our home because of the windows. Three floor to ceiling panels in the living room and huge 96 to 108" wide windows in the bedrooms. The kitchen has two LARGE windows and a small sink window. Our screened-in porch has 14 windows and 2 exterior doors with windows...So, I guess I have a lot of window views to choose from. This made the decision very hard. But, I have been painting at the kitchen table and peeking through the clematis lattice at the bird feeders. The clematis is almost done, but a few blooms are still going.
This photo is from late in the day. Lots of wood...and the porch railings, the lattice and the feeders in the background. The hose can be eliminated, and I have a few photos of the clematis in full bloom, just not from this angle, I can draw inspiration from
I started with a 9x12 sketchbook paper and drew some pencil lines. Nice part about artistic license is you can add and edit...things from real life...like the blue hose---handy, but a bit jar-ing!
So I started early in the day---I didn't take progress photos--I was too engrossed in painting layers, and layers. I didn't use any masking---I wish I had, because I painted the clematis first and then everything else. This photo above is taken from the east light.
And this was from the south windows, shaded by the garage which is out of sight---amazing what four feet will do to your colors. I broke one of my own rules, when you use a color like the red in the bird feeder---you should use it somewhere else???...I just couldn't work it in. The black at the bottom is my camera strap...UGH!
Problem: How do you do straight lines/architecture when you have paper that buckles? I did sketch in pencil---very straight lines of the window parts.If I do this again, I will use something other than sketch paper and LARGER, so I can be a little free.
Note: this palette is basically what I have been using for all my paintings, and it seems to work well for the summer light--- I mix most of my colors, but, I could use a really dark green. Mostly I need a bigger plastic palette.
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Day 7 Shiny Things
When I'm really into a project, I forget to take photos...such as doing a watercolor of this old tarnished/patina teapot. Those of you who follow my blog have seen this teapot found in a thrift store, many times. It really is one of my favorite pieces, and it moves around our home with with tarnished elegance. Like one of those old ladies dressed in her well-worn finest...a bit tattered, but still beautiful.
I took some license with the colorations, but you can see the golden glow even in the evening---though the handles, spout, and feet are cast.and darker than everything else, I love the details so these I added to the pot. I don't usually work this tightly, but the brushstrokes, became intense caresses on a beautiful object.
Cadmium Yellow Deep
no masking and on 9x12 sketchbook paper.
I think I may use this in another painting, or two, or three...what do you think?
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