This morning I was looking at this one and thinking it’s one of my best bloom pictures from last year. I’ve shown it to you once before but here it is again, because there’s wonderful, unpredictable painting and mark making going on in there – and just tons of whimsy!
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Hey ya’ll – have a fine and creative day!
Above is a quick studio photo of the same mountain/fjord view I showed you two days ago. It’s now done – or at least has gone as far as I can take it before I move on. I added a little grain and texture here and there, and most importantly, changed the whole character of the mountain top at upper right.
Little differences make big differences! Here, take a look:
In the before photo, you can see that the big, bold outline of the right-hand mountain just wasn’t working. It was a remnant of the earlier picture, which was more mark driven rather than painterly. When the whole idea of a picture changes, I sometimes must sacrifice things I wish I didn’t have to. I liked that big old mark, but it had to go. I’m content with the outcome.
There are A LOT more Norwegian mountains in my immediate future – keep checking in!
Yes, I know, I said no post today, AND I KNOW that I’ve been showing you a number of beat up old trees lately. But I had to show you this, and you know that I chase and refine an image or set of moves until I either get it right or wear out. Here we have a fine end game for this particular batch of pictures. Hope you agree!
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Is it a weepy, willowy, gnarly bad twig day? One thing for sure is that it’s a whole whacked, moving fast catalog of mark making. CLICK IT TO SEE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!
There won’t be a post on Sunday – I hope to be lost in a new Norway picture – wish me luck!
Hey ya –
Did you know that it’s pretty darned nice to have a big stack of reject pictures? I mean, just take a look at mine (and then keep reading):
Actually, there’s another stack that’s half as tall just out of the photo! I burn through A LOT of paper, and my ratio of winners to losers used to really bug me. Not now!
Let me show you something – below is what was supposed to be a picture of a stormy Norwegian fjord, before it turned muddy and I lost my way. That was last October. Today I began messing with it again. This is what I started with (please excuse my so-so studio photos):
You know, there were some pretty interesting things happening in there, but the picture lacked punch – or any focus.
So I decided to dig into my big stack of loser pictures, looking for new textures I could start laying in right over top. Did you know failed flower pictures are gold mine of landscape textures? Huh. Take a look at what happened once I began ripping, sanding, twisting and gluing bits and pieces down.
WOW, interesting, right? Suddenly this picture began to get some game back! So I kept going, even ripping holes into it so unexpected bits of marked up scrap paper could peek through from behind! Now, look at the next photo – – –
I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking this is getting close to being sort of wonderful. It needs fussing yet, which might happen tomorrow. Or maybe I’ll let it rest for a few days and see if I can start resurrecting another picture that has tipped over too far!
Please, PLEASE click the last photo to take a closer look! It’s worth it!
Here’s one that is as mixed up as wild flowers and weeds usually are – with a mash up of big, old marks and textured grays too. And it’s somehow whimsical yet still brooding. Huh.
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I plan to make this a year defined by landscape painting, but I still have a TON of flower pictures to show you too, so I’ll keep posting them almost daily. This moody bloom almost looks like it could have come out of my sis’ film (see my previous post)!
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My sister (Kay) left for home yesterday, Reidun went to work and today I begin a new creative year with high hopes and BIG plans!
The Logans had a fabulous holiday, and I want to share something so cool there are no words – so I’ll show you pictures! My sis brought the first edit of a half-hour long animated film she made as her present to us! She used her own drawings and photographs, my paintings, a postcard I sent Reidun – AND some of my Sweetie’s childhood drawings (the very same I use each year as source material for our holiday greetings cards).
Here are a bunch of stills from the film – WOW!!! Kay is going to tweak the project a bit more, but eventually it’ll be on Youtube and I’ll post the link.
YOU SHOULD CLICK THESE TO GET A REALLY GOOD LOOK AT ‘EM!
Very spare marks – nothing much that’s fancy about ’em, but there is really good gesture in there, and a good change up between line weights that make this picture quite appealing.
Hey ya –
We’re mostly in holiday mode here, so I’ve been puttering more and being lazy more too. A year ago now, I was making dragonfly pictures to go into an album for my Sweetie. Now I’m going to do a few butterflies to keep them company.
Next week I’ll be back to work really hard, but right this very moment, I hear Reidun and my sis giggling and laughing like crazy downstairs – I think I’ll go join them!
Just in case I don’t write before then – HAVE A REALLY HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!
Your Buddy Bill
So often, I do a lot of similar versions of a picture as I try to nail just the moves I need. Not sure why this is my method, unless I’m a bit obsessive. Okay, I’m sure I am, but how could I not be? Isn’t that what keeps me going, and reaching? And doesn’t that fuel uncertainty too? I’m too often the worst judge of my own work! Am so glad I have loved ones that help me with that.
Oh and by the way, I like this picture – – – just as much as the one I showed you a few days ago (scroll down). They were done very close to each other, of course!
Look closely and you’ll see a little friend sitting in the branches. This scrubby tree was done just before the last picture I showed you, and that round of ink slinging seems to have been particularly nuts! I’d like to push that even further, and perhaps 2018 will be the year to do it.
There might not be a post tomorrow – my sis has arrived, and that means unpredictable creativity is about to start happening. I tend to get caught up in that, but I’ll try to touch base a time or few before year’s end.
After the calm simplicity of the last two pictures I’ve shown you, maybe it’s time for a little craziness. When I painted this one, it just blew out all over the place, starting on the left and then pounding off pretty much where ever it wanted to go – despite some ideas I had otherwise! That’s okay, they can do that and I’ll follow along.
This is a nice set of marks, very well balanced.
I’m not sure how that happens when it does, and I certainly don’t have a formula or much of a plan when I make a picture. But don’t you think everything in this one fits together easily? There’s nothing complicated – just the right amount of bold and delicate, enough smear and bleed, and a little mess to keep things interesting. Very satisfying!
Breezy today and the wind whistling through naked tree branches made it sound cold out. And it made me think about the little round of tree pictures I did last Spring. It’s been a bit since I last showed you one of ’em, so here you go!
I like how fast and light hearted this picture is. By fast, I mean that you can tell just by looking that it was done playfully and quickly – with no real thinking involved. Sheesh, that doesn’t sound like me at all!
I can’t decide whether this one is really, really peaceful, or just in your face. Do we have a visual paradox here? Maybe you should look at it more closely before deciding what you think – CLICK IT!
There won’t be a new post tomorrow, so have the finest weekend.
Very cold and quiet this morning. The sunrise was spectacular, with every warm color you could imagine, yet it still looked bitterly cold out, as indeed it is. I’m dreaming of Spring. Maybe this bloom is stretching to reach it, still so far off.
And finally, here’s this year’s card –
It comes with fondness, and my wish that you have the best holidays ever!
I can’t wait for 2018 to start. I have such plans. Hope you do too.
Last year’s card was sweet and simple. I like that flying bird of Reidun’s, so I used it again.
The disorganized happenstance of wild things growing willy nilly – these marks came tumbling out the same way. Does it make for fine picture making? Don’t know, I’m moving to fast to decide!