March 18, 2008

Snags at Lake Earl


Our local art gallery has demonstrations once a month by various oil or watercolor artists from around the area. The folks at the gallery video tapethe demos and have them available for checkout by the gallery members. Since I am now a member, I checked out a demo done by Deborah Dawson http://www.deborahadawson.com/. She had taken some photographs at one of the local wild life preserves and did her painting from those photos. I love the way she did the sky and since I had been thinking of trying to paint some of the Alders in the area that were going to require masking, I thought I'd give her techniques a try. This is the result.
I went out to the same area yesterday and took some of my own pictures so that I could get my trees drawn correctly. From there, I pretty much followed along with the colors she was using and the way she was laying down her paints. I'm pleased with the outcome even if I can't really claim it as "my own". I learned a lot about not judging too quickly when something "isn't working out" as there were several times last night , I thought that, looked at her painting and realized that hers was in about the same state. Using the masking fluid was fun for this and now I'm looking forward to trying a painting with the Alders in it.

6 Comments:

Blogger Teri C said...

This is now my favorite of yours. The colors are gorgeous! And the woods are perfect. Beautiful job Tami.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Lin said...

TAMI TAMI TAMI!! THIS IS SUPERB!!! COLOR, ATMOSPHERE, TREES, FIELD -- INCREDIBLY DONE!!!! BRAVA, CARA, ONE OF YOUR BEST!

5:49 AM  
Blogger Tracy Wandling said...

Lovely rich color in the foreground! And a nice variety of greens! I had to giggle a little, as everything is leaning ever so slightly to the right...you've got a real knack for that! It will be your signature! Future art historians will describe this as Tami-esque! lol
A really nice piece!

7:46 PM  
Blogger Brenda Y said...

It's still YOURS, even if it is from a demo! Outstanding job!! I love the light -- wonderful palette!!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Thanks All,

Tracy- this time it's the crop. The paper buckeled a bit and in cropping to get a straight edge, it ended up with a lean.

Brenda- You're right, I was the one sweating it out. Thank you.

Lin and Teri- As always, I really don't know if I'd have gotten this far with out your constant support!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Nice sense of depth and such a luscious forground.

2:14 AM  

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