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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Painting at Cherry Creek Resevoir

Friday morning I met up with Jeanne Echternach to paint at the marina. Here is the sketch I did. The guy working the marina asked for my card as he said he was friends with the owner of the yellow boat and he thought I had done such a nice little painting he wanted to tell his friend about it. This painting is 9x12 and I did it in just over an hour and a half. It was hard for me as there is so much to simplify, and that is not something I am that good at yet but I am working on it. I thought I would get less glare off of the wet paint by waiting until today to photograph it, but it didn't quite work out as well as I would have liked.


Aloha Sistah said...

I like the setting, on the water for a change. Your versatility in subject matter sets you apart from other artists who can get stuck in a rut. Does it push your limits as an artist to switch gears from land to water, to flowers, to animals, etc. or is it just the chance to be there and be painting?

victoriasart said...

I would say that the"limits" come from our own perceptions of what we think we are good at and something new and challenging. The challenge for this particular scene for me was the moving dock we were standing on (Jeannie had to leave as she got motion sickness) and filtering out the non-essentials to what I wanted to get down on canvas in a short time. If the artist sticks to values and shapes it shouldn't matter what the subject is.