I guess this is my favorite painting from my class at Cloudcroft. It's not finished as the mountains in the background need work. This lesson was about foregrounds, however. We enjoyed layering the grasses, using masking fluid, throwing splatters, making our own stamps, making scratches with sticks dipped in paint. These ideas will be old stuff to veteran painters but for me and most of the class they are now wonderful tools to add to our repertoire.
Every one's was different as we all had different reference photos for adobes.
This is my red sunset.
This is my storm sky. I learned about painting shapes instead of details. She caught me very carefully trying to paint the branches of the trees, and yelped, and showed me how to put in shapes first and then detail. That's how green I am.
This was to be abstract of an aspen tree grove. I failed this lesson miserably. But will keep this around and see what I can do with it later as I learn more.
We learned to negative paint in flowers in a black background.
As you can see we got a lot of finished work done in the class. I like my paintings but honestly, I've seen a hundred of these types of watercolors. I long to do something different... something more edgy, fresh, not like your grandmother's watercolors. Yet, I have to learn the basics and have hundreds of paintings to go before I can find my "style". I get impatient with the process, because my mind's eye sees a finished product that I don't have the skill to achieve. But i must close the gap as Ira Glass says between my taste for art and my skill level. I can only do that with a lot of practice and dedication.
It's not easy to learn new things at my age. ........ I hope I live long enough to see the painting in my mind's eye.