Argh. After finishing the other train station painting, I went back to this one. My brush stokes were all over the place. The brick work was messy, the people inside were too big for the space and it didn’t have enough depth. Nothing was standing out. Now I feel there’s more focus on the people and the cart.
It’s funny how you can create something and you think you’re done. Then you grow in your experience and your mind expands. Looking back, I think what was I thinking? How did I think I was done and it was all that?
I’m being entirely objective here. If you can’t stand back and look at your work with a discerning eye, how can you get any better? More than anything, I’m enjoying the process.
I can’t wait ’til spring when I can go paint outdoors. Perhaps my new mind’s eye will be as expansive the view.
It’s snowing today. I’ll be picking out one of my photos for my next painting. Enjoy.
#painting #amtrakstation #amtrak #acrylics #valuestudy #learning
The one I thought was a finished painting.
Work in Progress. Make sure your easel is level when working with straight lines.
Underpainting with cerulean blue. I will start with burnt sienna or burnt umber from now on.
I’m working with the shadows now. Adding cerulean blue and ultramarine blue. I see where I need to correct my values in the second picture where the blue light is on the floor. Overall, I’m enjoying the process of relearning basics and seeing the lights and darks. #alwayslearning #beginnermind #artist #ceruleanblue #ultramarineblue
Beginning the underpainting for the train station with burnt sienna. Creating the sketches has really put me into the painting. From the perspective to the values. I still have some perspective to work on, but it’s feeling good. #perspective #brunaille #values #monotone #burntsienna #acryliconcanvas
Another study of the Lynchburg Amtrak station. Working on perspective, thumbnail sketching and contrast before the painting begins. #sketching #skills #practice #discipline #thumbnailsketch #pencil2b
Good morning pots. I know they want to be cleaned. I will contemplate them with my Tombow markers. Just a little pen for definition. Thirty minutes. I could have gotten lost in my phone that long. Less phone, more sketching. Onto the pots now.
#sketching #habit #tombowusa #micronpens
Those salt and pepper shakers are challenging me. How to keep the integrity of the flower pattern and shading of the shakers themselves. Everything else is just the chorus line to these stars.
And no, I am not drawing with oatmeal. #tombowmarkers #prismacoloredpencils #pigmamicronpens #uniballsingowhitepen
I have a fever to draw every day. It’s akin to the morning pages habit in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, which I have been doing since 1992.
Instead of words today; lines. Getting the shapes right. Putting the values in first. Then experimenting. Markers. Ink pens and white pens. I have to learn how to keep the details strong in the colored areas so I can see the flowers and still have the values. These Ecoline color markers bleed into each other which is what I wanted, but the Tombows bleed into the Ecolines. The Uni-ball Signo white pen covers well and I can keep layering as each one layer dries.
The glass shaker reminds me of a talented high school friend as I draw it. I think about his gift of drawing and the drawing he gave me of a still life with glass. I have it hanging in my studio. I wonder if he still draws and what happened to him. Albuquerque is a military town and people come and go.
Funny how things get you thinking. In honing my skills, there’s much to think about. Like not letting your talents or creativity go to waste.
#tombowusa #micronpens #uniballsignowhitepen #sketching #practice #experimenting
These are the things that landed on my kitchen table last night. Less phone, more sketching.
I’ve been unsubscribing from emails. I would like an art thing or a health thing or a spiritual thing or a marketing thing and then the solicitations would arrive ALL DAY LONG! It was akin to being in a batting cage and having baseballs flung at me without having the chance to hit any of them without the next one coming. I have Shiny Object Syndrome in the Age of the Squirrel. The information I subscribed to seemed interesting at the time, but there wasn’t any content.
I just kept deleting things in my inbox without even reading any of it. Ridiculous. I like having all my notifications cleared. It’s like getting to an even number when getting gas. If I go to $20.01, then I have to take it to $20.10. So annoying.
Less information, more life. I love to research and anything I need to know or learn will land in my life exactly when I need it. My word this year is synchronicity. So far it’s working beautifully.
#sketching #tombowusa #micronpens #uniballsingowhitepen #meditative #flow #fun