Hopefully, after years of learning what it takes to accomplish a successful painting, one can go back to take a look at older works of art to see where they may need improvement. While watercolors aren't great for any after-the-fact fixes, there are occasions where weak areas can be helped a bit. After looking at "Hill Country Cumulus" (previously titled "Hill Country Stream") I determined that the value of the distant trees was too light so I decided to darken them up (at the risk of creating a muddy mess). I think it helps bring out the shear brightness of the cumulus formation and gives some distance and separation with the foreground.
There's something satisfying about creating a painting of stuff you've grown in your own garden. A truly complete creation from start to finish. This was my first still life since probably high school art class many years ago.
Homegrown Pepper and Garlic - 8"x8" oil and gessobord - $195
I grow my own garlic and save back a few bulbs to replant each Fall for an unending supply. My yard is rather shady but pepper plants seem to love it.
The 'Paint Out' awards were presented Friday night and I was thrilled to find that I had won first place for my oil painting of College Street looking north. It's a working title.
The show was judged by artist, Rusty Jones. This was my last painting before the Friday 2 pm deadline which I finished on Thursday night. It took me two separate evenings on-location to finish it because I lost my evening sunlight on the top of the tallest building on the first day. That light is what attracted to me to this scene when I drove by here earlier in the week.
I was actually torn as to whether or not I should include this among the five selections I was limited to. Needless to say I'm glad I decided to keep it in. Without the car and the people in this painting it would be difficult to understand the size of these buildings.
Tomorrow at 5 pm the sale wraps up and a People's Choice winner will be awarded by popular vote ballots... so get out there and vote!
On a side note, I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with ECAA volunteer Cynthia Nance today at the Sale. Cynthia's daughter, Samantha Shelley Nance, was murdered in 2009. Shelley was a beautiful young lady and a very talented artist going to school to further her talents in art. I was very honored that Cynthia purchased four of my pencil sketches today during the sale.