I saw these Eastern Sycamore trees lined up next to the path on a bright and sunny day in a nearby park so tried to capture the scene in watercolor. Size is 7" x 5" for this study.
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I finally managed to finish this one! There may be a little more work to do later but for now, I'll put it away so that I can come back in a week or so with a fresh eye and see if there is anything more I want to do to it (there usually is!). Size is 15" x 22", watercolor on Arches paper.
After a final pass, I think that I am about finished with the logs. Looking for something else to do after spending so long on the woodpile, I begin adding texture and various scuff marks to the siding behind, and also some smaller details around the window. The tree gets more washes and I begin to add branches although I haven't finished with that either! I'm hoping another session or two will see this one done as I have other work I want to get on with.
I have spent most of my time working on the logs slowly defining their shapes and adding a little more color. When I was happy with how they were coming along, I washed in a darker tone to indicate the window behind which helped give the painting a bit of depth - still quite a long way to go with this one though.
The start of a new painting! Obviously one can see part of a woodpile here but what about the rest of the painting? Well, I'll reveal more in the next post when I hopefully have worked on other areas of it. Along with some background color, I'm just getting the basic washes down here and trying to get a feel for the painting as I go along. I'll continue with deepening some tones as necessary then finish other bits while adding more detail. For this first pass, I am keeping things light though and will probably tone parts down when I am closer to finishing it.
We recently came back from a trip down south where I was able to get new reference and do some watercolor painting. We passed through some interesting country and saw I quite a few old tobacco barns along with plenty of farms - hopefully all this will lead to some new paintings.
Both of these sketches were done in my sketchbook along with a few others which I'll post soon. Each painting is about 5" x 7".
These studies are all around 4" or so and represent some of the more interesting things I have seen during the latter half of 2020 and into 2021 while living on the Eastern Shore. Each day I would try and find something new to study and often this led to various sketches of them - either in graphite or watercolor. Occasionally this work would lead to new ideas for paintings.
As you can see, subjects vary ranging from a late-form Common Buckeye butterfly to a Coopers' Hawk flying overhead at dusk! The shells and mermaid's purse were found during some of the many long walks we took along the beach.