Valley of Enemy Creek (WIP02)

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I’ve made progress on the big canvas. 30″x48″ The middle and foreground trees are next.

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On the creek there are adjustments to make it more like actual place, but overall I think it’s working.

Valley of Enemy Creek (WIP01)

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This week I’ve been focused on the big painting. I will probably still be adding color and lighting adjustments to some of these areas.
30″x 48″ canvas.

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When I sketch my paintings, I use watercolor pencil and push my lines around with water and a brush. I usually paint the background yellow, tan, rust, or even red. I use gesso with a little fluid acrylic, in this case Indian Yellow. I never leave it white!

The Valley of Enemy Creek (WIP05) Study Final

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I’ve finished my study, although I may do a few little tweeks here and there. I have learned many lessons and how to approach the larger painting to come next. It’s bound to be different in some respects, but I look for the next to be beyond the first. I will use the biggest brushes I have, occasionally even some 2 to 4″ and lots of paint! I’m looking forward to it! I can paint the undercoat now, because it came Fed Ex today. 🙂
This commissioned painting reminds me of the benefits of doing work for others. It’s pulled me out of my everyday choices for compositions and challenged me with something new, and I think I have gained inspiration from it, thank you!

This Study 10″x16″ Commissioned Painting 30″x48″

The Valley of Enemy Creek ( WIP03)

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Finished the creek on this study for a bigger painting. There are many small trees that will be painted after it’s dry.
This study 10″x16″, Upcoming commissioned painting 30″x48″.

When I get to the big painting I will probably take the week off my other projects and work solely on the big canvas, and get most of it done. I don’t want to break up my time as much as I have with this study. I’m busier than usual. This is why I have less blog entries too.

The Valley of Enemy Creek (WIP02) Study

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I got a little more done today. This rugged terrain, spotted with cedar trees is very interesting to paint. The distant land in background is behind the veil of humidity for depth. I hope I will have time to work on it again tomorrow.
10″x16″ stretched canvas

The Valley of Enemy Creek (WIP01) Study

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This a study for a commission. It is a panoramic view from the owner’s property. She is a friend from my childhood, and this was once her Grandparent’s land. We wish to preserve it’s memory.
This study is a 10″x16″ stretched canvas. I wish to learn from the practice of the study, and use it as inspiration for the final canvas that will be 30″x48″

Rolling Up the Carpet #10 (Makeover)

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This painting was satisfactory as it was, but it was needling me, from the wall it was hanging. I had to repaint the sky to give it more punch. I’m glad I did it! 7″x 14″

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(As it was before)

Ingall’s Homestead Plein Air

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7″x14″ stretched canvas gallery edges
This weekend we had a Paint Out at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead. The weather was good, and I found a nice place in the shade. I would have liked some interesting clouds to paint but I worked with what was there. I did a synopsis of the terrain.

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6″x6″ stretched canvas gallery edges
My paint was getting thicker on my palette by the time I started this one.

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I made friends with a colt named Cinnamon, who begged for attention, tried to play with my stuff, and then she would charged around me, and settle in for a nap, each time moving closer until she was sleeping at my ankles.

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We had over 60 artists in attendance. They kept us fed and we had live music in the evening. On Sunday we had an exhibit at the new Cultural Center in De Smet, SD. Quite unusual to have a building like that in such a small town.