little garden

little study for garden

Measuring 13 x 8.5 inches, this little picture is a color study for a new, upcoming landscape motif.  It’s painted on un-stretched, raw canvas treated only with clear acrylic (to make the surface less absorbent).

I like the raw color of the canvas, though I glopped on so much paint already that the raw canvas doesn’t show anymore.

Lots of garden plants are here with their slightly differing shades of green.  A couple roof tops are visible in the upper right.

more work on the arbor

arbor left side 2

I’m working on the left side of a landscape that I posted previously in its first swipe.  It’s kind of the “messy middle” of the process.  I put down ideas.  They’re kind of raw.  It takes a while for things to gel.  But it’s just direct painting.  And I don’t expect anything to materialize right at once.

Here’s the preliminary drawing

https://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/path-through-the-arbor/

Here’s the first swipe

https://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/painting-the-path-through-the-arbor/

the sheen

long river detail4

Acrylic paint has a pleasant sheen.  You can see the reflection of light on the surface in this detail from the lower half of the Long Blue River featured in the previous post.  The material, the paint surface itself, has its own beauty.

crepe myrtles are the best

crepe myrtles jan18

Ta dah!  Well, here’s an early swipe at a crepe myrtles painting measuring 40 x 30 inches.  I love everything about crepe myrtles — love the flowers, love painting them, love the season when they bloom while cicadas are singing.  And I am loving using acrylic paint in transparent veils of color — somewhat watercolorish looking in character, though very different from watercolor in the painting of it.