Wednesday, October 9, 2013

My Trip to a Lake

                                      Plein Air Watercolor and Colored Pencil, approx 4x7"

Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my last post.  I posted, then ran off to a fabulous vacation at a gorgeous lake, where I had all kinds of high hopes for doing lots of artwork.  Once there, I found it more important for me to enjoy the setting and my family and friends.  I did manage the above sketch, but mostly I have lots of photos to work from, much as I prefer to work from life.

I can't take a good photo of this painting to save my life!  The above was scanned and still doesn't represent my sketch the way I would like.  This was my first attempt at the combination of watercolor and colored pencil.  I found that once I had a layer of watercolor down, I could only use one layer of colored pencil over it, which seriously limited the way I like to use colored pencils.  I think in the future I will try to use the CP's first and put the watercolor OVER them.  But mostly, I am thrilled to be back home with my acrylic paints.  I have one on the easel....stay tuned!  I may actually have to try a version of the above painting in acrylics....I can see how dull this one looks compared to the acrylic paintings!  Although the actual sketch isn't this dull...

I am also excited to get back to your blogs.  Again, thanks so much for all your kind comments on the last painting--I really appreciated them so much.

(P.S.  if anyone in upstate NY or Western Mass is interested in renting a vacation house with its own private lake, contact me and I'll put you in touch with the owners!  Cannot say enough good about the beauty of this setting...)
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