Sunday, February 21, 2010

Boat Moored on Chincoteague Bay

Boat Moored on Chincoteague Bay
11" x 14" Watercolor on Cold Press Paper
This local scene is one I have painted before. The other painting, Two Boats at Twilight, is in oil. You can find that painting in an older post on this blog. It is so much fun to paint similar scenes in more than one medium as the results and the process are really quite different. This painting is one that is difficult to photograph. In reality, the original has a softer, more transparent quality to it. The lens did not seem to like the combined complement colors of blue and orange! As most artists know, complements are beautiful when placed next to each other in a painting. However, when mixed together they can turn to neutral...often referred to as mud! I suppose the camera does some form of mixing which alters the look of the painting a bit. After some adjusting, I feel this is a fairly good representation of the painting. I hope you like it. Click the title to see it on my blog. Click the image to enlarge for better viewing.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Blue Heron

9" x 12" Watercolor on 200lb Waterford
Since I live on the east coast, a blue heron standing in reeds is not an uncommon site. However, I don't think I could ever see one of these majestic birds and not react with amazement. They are simply graceful and powerful at the same time. I enjoyed painting this one and look forward to doing it in a larger size. Click the image for a larger view or if you receive my posts via email, you can always click on the post title (in this case, "Blue Heron") and it will take you to my blog where it is posted.