Overcast



Overcast
October 2007
Watercolor on Lana hot press paper, 4 x 6
on hold for exhibit


Here, I took out the dogwood tree and some of the wax leaf privet to use the back neighbor's house as a compositional anchor.

Please visit My Great Day for a post on Ukiyo-e. This week I'm posting modules from my Squidoo lens on the history of landscape painting.

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Red Shed (after the rain)



Red Shed (after the rain)
October 2007
Watercolor on Lana hot press paper, 4 x 6"
on hold for exhibit


In this painting, I edited everything in front of the back neighbor's shed to show it as the main subject. You can see some of the wax leaf privet I planted along the alley. A future hedge.

Read about the Sublime at My Great Day and see a very sloppy rainy scene at Sketches.

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Flame Tree



Flame Tree
October 2006
Watercolor on Lana hot press paper, 4 x 6"
on hold for exhibit


Here is a solo performance by the dogwood in the far yard. I was noticing that before its flowers bloomed this year, the tree took on a rusty cast. You'll see that in a painting at the end of this run.

News on the wild kingdom at My Great Day and a sketch of a wild king at Studies and Sketches.

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The Very Good Day



The Very Good Day
October 2006
Watercolor on Fabriano cold press, 7 x 10"
on hold for exhibit


This was one of the most exciting painting experiences ever. The brush moved almost like automatic writing. I was completely engaged and knew that if I stopped, it would be all over so I didn't stop. I kept right on moving until the painting was finished. Exhausting in a pleasant way, and a thrill.

This shows the mulberry stump on the left that came down in a storm earlier this year. In the post about removing that stump, I wrote about the flaming head of poison ivy that would cascade over the stump. Well, here's how it looked. You'll see another version next week.

I've posted a great song with a list of my favorite films staring children over at My Great Day plus see a sketch of some dogwood blooms at my drawing blog.

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Rust and lemon



Rust and lemon
October 2006
Watercolor on Lana hot press, 4 x 6"
on hold for exhibit


With each of these paintings, I sit in a different place and edit to my heart's delight, eliminating what suits me. Of course, one of the reasons I'm showing these all at one fell swoop is that even without editing, the yards scenes change. I also let the back of the house across the alley take on whatever character it likes and don't worry much about being at all architecturally accurate. I did my time being architecturally accurate when I earned part of my living painting architectural portraits.

See a sketch of new plantings and my current adventures with the wild kingdom at my other blogs.

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Autumn Blaze



Autumn Blaze
October 2006
Watercolor on Indian Village paper, 7 x 10"
on hold for exhibit


It's probably ridiculous to show autumn scenes in spring but that's what I'm doing, so be it. I wish I could tell you what flowering tree is turning here (I think it's a dogwood) but I do know that the yellow tree to the left is the Bradford Pear we lost last month.

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Late September 2006



Late September 2006
Watercolor on Indian Village paper, 7 x 10"
on hold for exhibit


Before the alley hedge went up, before the leaves started to change, I managed to put this view down on Indian Village paper. Get used to it. You're going to see a lot of this view in variously edited forms. I never get tired of looking at it!

You can see a pen and ink I made last week of another part of the yard at my drawing blog.

Oh, and you can see a big change in my yard today and tomorrow at My Great Day.

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Birdbath



Birdbath
August 2006
Watercolor on archival paper,
6 x 4"
on hold for exhibit


And now for something a little different. For the next couple of weeks I am showing paintings I've made of my yard over the past few years. A lot has been happening around the yard and if you follow My Great Day blog, you'll see some of the comings and goings. Some of the goings have changed the character of the yard so these paintings over the next weeks, a bit out of season, will show how it looked to date.

Besides the big going in my yard, I hosted a reception for my exhibit last Thursday, am at the tail end of a studio spring cleaning and completing a book project so I've had very little time to paint. While you're watching these paintings go by, I'll be rustling up some new ones to show you when this run is through. I'll also be attending to the garden to set the scene for more paintings of the yard.

In late October 2005 I made the first painting in my yard of the old shed where my studio now sits.

I painted this birdbath some time in August 2006 after putting up the fence and hefting the basin up on the pedestal. (Those basins are heavy!)

This week I'll show paintings from late 2005 - 2006. Next week from 2007. You can see recent pen and inks of the yard at Studies and Sketches.

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