Last year I challenged myself to read 75 books in the year and made it, finishing the last two in December. This year I am attempting, and I do say attempting a different type of challenge. I bought the book by Kevin McPhearson called “Reflection of a Pond”
For a little over a year, he painted the pond in his back yard. I thought it might be a great idea to work on my brushwork and color skills in my artwork. I live on a beach with a beautiful view. Depending on the day, I see the mountains, amazing sunrises, boats, people, the marina and love the view every day. I am going (to try) to paint my view at some angle every day this coming year.
The paintings will be small at 5″ x 7″ and I am not going to only focus on part of the view, because as I see it there are three sections to my view. To the right and mostly south, I see a park and a small falling apart dock. In the middle, I see the break-water and a few boats and off to the left is the marina where the ferries come in and out.
I started this six days ago on January 16th, and in all honesty am a little overwhelmed by the idea. I decided I was not going to set up my easel in my living room, but take photos and paint them from my Ipad in my studio. I am a messy painter and I think my house would be safer without the possibility of my cat wandering through the paint and spreading it throughout the interior.
Sunrise, where I live, is sensational. This time of year it is usually a little after seven, so I have gotten in the habit of waking up and checking to see if it is beautiful or if it is gray. If it is gray with no sun, then I know I have to wait till later or for a later day. Keep in mind that these are small and quick studies.
I am starting to relax a little with my second painting, knowing that most likely they will never sell, but they might make a fun show or a fun book, but I am savoring the differences in the colors of the morning.
Some days are peaceful and don’t seem to sing to me, but this morning on day three, the sky was amazing and constantly changing. The interesting thing about sunrises here is that they can be totally amazing one minute and literally gone the next. You have to try to capture the essence of what is happening quickly.
I am starting to experiment a little more with texture and using a palette knife a little more. I am hoping during the year to gain control of the palette knife using it for the dock and sometimes for everything. The boat to the right of the dock, looks more like a rock than a boat, but it is a learning experience.
On this morning it was misty and you could barely see the boats through the fog. I moved to the marina area to focus on the painting and love the almost eeriness of the painting. It could be a city or a marina or another country, but I had fun just playing with the color, which is the opposite of Day 6.
So often, as most of you know, we awaken to gray, grey and grayer, so I decided to attempt a tonal painting using only Payne’s Gray, Titanium White, and French Ultramarine Blue. I tried my new camera lens which is a 150 -800 mm to see what I could do with a close-up shot. I had fun with just the three colors and the closer view.
Going forward I will try to paint daily with different colors or different views and see what happens. I will post every few days with my newest painting.
I will continue to post food posts, as I love to cook. Today I made Peanut Butter cookies and Chocolate Chip cookies to take to our local Senior Center for their Bingo Game tomorrow. I know they love sweets and not too many of them cook.