Celebration of Life

Moving beyond my pain and celebrating life.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Finished at last! Boar's Tusk after a storm.

Finally, Boar's Tusk is finished. See the lightning?
Oh, it was so fast you missed it! :o)
I have struggled with the lightning and decided I wasn't experienced enough so I painted over it ... again...and decided to call it good.

I would like to thank Gary K from Dubois for all of his inspiration, suggestions and encouragement; I admire his work very much.

I have another painting stared, well the sky anyway, and was going to paint lupines but I think I will use that sky and paint Sand Butte that overlooks the town of Green River. Every morning and every night on my way to and from work, I look at it and imagine what colors I would use in a painting. Now that I have it imprinted in my memory, I am going to attempt to catch in on canvas.

Have a good weekend, everyone.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Progression...Boar's Tusk...#5

Okay, so I finally got the foreground and the road to where it did not bother me. Next and final step is the lightning. Any suggestions or words of wisdom Gary K?


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Progression...Boar's Tusk...#4

Boar's Tusk became Grrrr's tusk as I made a big boo boo today. I was getting ready to paint and I was squeezing the paint in the tube towards the top as One does with the toothpaste tube. As I squeezed the tube, plop went the lid and splat went the big blob of paint onto the painting. I dashed to get a wet rag but the paint ran down the painting from the middle all of the way down to the bottom. I spent most of the day repainting the blob smear areas. I still have quite a bit of work to do on the foreground but at least you can see the road and some of the sagebrush.

Hope you all are having a productive weekend!


Monday, March 8, 2010

Progression...Boar's Tusk...#3

The lighting isn't quite right for the picture but you can see where I have blocked in the road and started sagebrush patches. I used red for the dirt becuase they do not call it the Red Desert for nothing! :o) Thanks Gary K. for your suggestions on the colors. I also worked on the clouds and rainstorm a bit more. I can not wait until I paint in the lightning; I am saving that for very last. It will be like putting the cherry on top of the sundae! :o)


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Progression...Boar's Tusk...#2

I put some detail on the Tusk and played with the landscape a little bit. I think I might put some antelope in the foreground or maybe some wild horses or maybe just some sagebrush. I guess I will clean my paintbrushes and call it good for awhile.


Progression...Boar's Tusk

Today, I blocked in Boar's Tusk and worked on the background and clouds a little more.

I'm still trying to decide what to do with the foreground; any suggestions?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Progression...one foot ahead of the other....

....or one stroke after another! I started painting again. I had in my mind's eye to paint a lightning storm. I did not want it to be just a sky painting so I decided to paint Boar's Tusk, a landmark here in Sweetwater County. I intend to post a progression of my work. I am no expert and I may be doing it all wrong but since I have had no formal training, I hope you will keep that in consideration as you follow my progress.

This is where I blocked in the sky and landscape. I decided it was not dark enough for contrast when I paint in the lightning bolts.

So I darkened it. The next step will be blocking in Boar's Tusk.