Monday, July 24, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Framing. I got all the tree studies framed and ready to go. I'm so happy with how they look in the white frames!
...and more framing. I do all of my own framing for anything 16 x 20 inches and under. I have recently been reminded of the importance of sharp blades in the cutters. I've never been so happy to see the mailman as the day I had to stop cutting in wait for the replacement blades. [I'm well stocked now!] These pieces will go in white mats with black frames.
The show is at The Vault at Gallery Mortgage in Bloomington, Indiana. August 4 - September 29, 2017. I hope you can come to the opening party on Aug 4th from 5:00 - 8:00pm. I'd love to chat with you. It's going to be a lot of fun!
Monday, July 10, 2017
|© Robin Edmundson, 'The mailman always brings treats', watercolor, framed 27 x 33 inches. $650|
I got stuck on this one at one point and put it up for my critique group to look at. I thought it needed some vultures and I got some great ideas from the group about the birds on the wire, too. In the end, I did both because when I covered up either set on the transparency I tried it out on first, I missed it. Plus, I regularly see that many birds hanging out all over the place here, so it felt natural.
It's at the framer now getting all dressed up for the Big Show in August and September.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
|© Robin Edmundson, 'Three red cows', watercolor, framed 18 x 22 inches. $350.|
I think a lot about limited palette studies. Choose just a few colors and use only those for the whole painting. It's easy for winter studies, not so easy for summer studies. For this one I chose Azo Green, Indigo and Pyrrol Orange. Basically a red/yellow/blue. As I was contemplating the composition, I knew the cows had to be red so red they are.
It was fun to really look at cows to paint them. What I usually see in the fields nearby are big black blobs with tails. Then there was that one time when the neighbor's cow escaped into one of our fields close to the house. I looked out and saw what I was sure was a dinosaur passing between the trees. [I'm a sheep person, not a cow person] Of course that might have had something to do with having just seen all of the Jurassic Park movies. [#1 and #4 are my faves]
At any rate, since I am not a cow person, I had to really look at cows for the first time. One of the things I love about painting is that it forces me not to just see something, but to really look at it.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
|© Robin Edmundson, 'Fall grazing',watercolor, framed 18 x 22 inches. $350|
This one is done. Thanks to the comments I have a good title for it. [Thanks, Annie!]
Here is the previous version if you'd like to compare the two.
What a difference a few shadows make!