This was a few weeks ago while on vacation at a friends family lake cabin. Woke up early and sat by the lake with a Bloody Mary and tried to paint this area across from me. There was Pelicans out too, but couldnt figure how how to put them in.
Criticism is always welcome. I am trying to learn everything and welcome the knowledge of all!
Mike, there aren't many things that would be more pleasurable for an artist that sitting at the edge of a lake in the early morning drinking a Bloody Mary and painting what is before he - or her - eyes. I very much like the variety you've showed in the greens and the blues and the echo of the sky that's in the lake. I like your sunflower, too. Flowers seem so difficult to paint and draw, so good for you for tackling this and putting in shading on the stem and petals.
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
Mike, your sunflower is lovely. I like the colors you chose. It's a good drawing, too.
Your lake scene is very nice with good blues, green and yellows. The water has some movement.
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Mike - I really like the sunflower. Very nice shading. I like that you
kept the background minimal and light. The view from the lake cabin is
great. I really like how you worked the many shades of green - gives
dimension to your painting. One thing I would revisit is the water. Lake waves are generally horizontal unless of course it's windy in which a lot more turbulent. You might also consider reflection of the greenery into the water. Great job on both.
Bonnie, Claudia and Sam, thank you very much for your kind remarks about my WC pencil sketch of the prickly pear lossoms. I'm feeling like Jen coming back from her trip and having to get back into the art groove. Surprisingly, now that I can see, I'm going through a period of readjustment artistically and it is taking a while. But, I'm spending some time every day on art and know everything will click soon. It was actually a surprise to see some of my art and the reference photos they were based on! LOL!
Mike, your sunflower is lovely. I especially like the flower petals. The background has some nice colours as well. Your morning painting of the lake is also nice. I get the feeling though that there is a shadow across the left part of it. You got some nice colour on the trees across the lake and lots of nice blues in the sky and lake. It is great that you had the opportunity to paint it.
Bonnie C & C most welcome / appreciated
Thank you everyone! Yeah, water isnt my strong subject. So, if felt like it was falling apart while painting it. Need to work on that. I am still teaching myself to paint.
Actually, I have just started trying to paint scenery. This is only the 2nd or 3rd I have done. As well as flowers. Used to drawing portraiture and figures.
Claudia, I love your earlier farm painting of the hay bails. I live in Iowa and see that every year. I have had an idea rambling around for a couple years. One of these days, Ill get to it!
Hi everyone, here is my attempt at the yachts, although they are not what we would call yachts but some sort of small open sail boats. It is watercolour on Arches 12x16" 140 lb. cold press. I seemed to have difficulty getting the photo and the painting colouring to match. I don't think the yellow is as orange in the painting but when I tried to change it the water loses it's colour. Also just notice, I still have the spot in my camera so ignore the spot between the top of the sails and of course when I looked at that I noticed I forgot to paint in the little flags. Will have to finish that. Can't seem to figure out how to remove and repost post so it is what it is.
Hi Bonnie, I think it was very smart to limit the boats to three. You made the water and sky more visually interesting than they are in the photo and the way you painted the sails is just beautiful. I especially love the yellow sail.
Bonnie - Beautifully done. The water is executed quite well. The sails on the boats are exceptional - can almost feel the wind in my face. (You're right - I wouldn't have called them yachts either. I was just taking the name off the reference photo.)
Thank you Alex and Sheila for your very nice comments. I looked up yacht racing and it includes both sail boats and motor boats even dinghy boats. So they are yachts, because they are racing.
Alex, This is a beautiful WC of the cactus. You have such a delicate touch and great use of colour.
Mike, Welcome to the groups. Glad you have found some thing you like. I like to soft BG that makes the sunflower pop nicely. Good for you trying Plein Air as it can be over whelming with or without your favourite refreshment! Nice job especially the water.
Bonnie, This is a super painting of the sail boats. You have really captured the wind whipping the waves and sails along.
Jen C & C's always welcome
Well I tried a zentangle of the carnival horse. I did one last night and the boy looked like a caractor out of a horror movie so I tried again with just the girl and now she is sitting better but her face is not at all what I wanted!! Oh well it kept me entertained.
on Bristol paper approx. 8x10 coloured pens