One painting, three times

Ugh, I should have stopped at the sketch.

Tonight I’ve been painting along with Peter Sheeler, an artist whose YouTube channel I admire. I quite liked this painting of an old farm house and the telephone pole.* I made three renditions: two 4.5″ by 11″ and one 3.5″ by 2.5″. I like the small one best, and that’s probably because the small format lets me get away with using a small amount of detail.

Part of the problem with the larger example is a bit of impatience on my part. I didn’t wait for the grass to fully dry so I got some unwanted blooms at the bottom edge of the fence. The rest, I think, comes down to technique.

I don’t know what to do with the grass to make it look believable. I tried to layer some colors but it just looks splotchy. Likewise the leaves on the trees are a hot mess.

I do like the tree’s shadow on the ground and of course the telephone wires, but those are done with marker, of course.

But, I keep at it. I do wish I had an teacher over my shoulder providing real-time instruction and specific things to practice. Picking up techniques in bits and pieces from YouTube kinda makes my head spin a little bit.

*I’m becoming slightly obsessed with painting telephone poles.

Watercolor: loose natural landscape

I’ve been following along with several watercolor tutorials on Domestika and they’re very, very good. So far I’ve done one on creating a travel journal with artist Alicia Aradilla. That course’s final project kicked my butt but I’m going to try it again.

I also completed two courses with artist Daniel “Pito” Campos whose loose style I really like. Specifically, Natural Landscapes in Watercolor and Urban Landscapes in Watercolor. Below is my progress on the former’s final project.

Pito paints in layers, or “stains” as he calls them, and it’s fun to see a painting go from a very rough pencil sketch to the “mess” that always is the first layer to the gradual emergence of details in subsequent layers. I’ve picked up many techniques and tips I’ll use on future projects. Someday I’ll be brave enough to paint a photo of my own without guidance, but I’m not there yet.