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Friday, June 18, 2010

Prairie Barn: An Exercise


This exercise from David Bellamy's "Developing Your Watercolors"- some really good information in there. I find doing these exercises extremely beneficial. Kind of like doing push ups to get in shape - except, thankfully, not nearly as strenuous!

This is not a faithful reproduction, was just going for practice. I was satisfied with the barn, but not much else in this one. Was tempted to go back and rework the parts that didn't work, but I've about decided that's not a good use of time. Better to leave as is and go on to the next project. One thing's for sure, regardless of perceived successes or failures, any time spent painting is time well spent!

15 comments:

Cathyann said...

I think this is a fne study and the previous two posts are good too T...but you nailed the idea...any time painting is well spent time...
I love the title Mud the bad etc...but the painting is so NOT that, funny lady!!!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I really like this painting, Teresa. I love the barn and I think the tree all the way to the left looks really cool. Time painting is definitely time well spent.

Ann said...

I like this a lot, and the one in the previous post too. And I think that in addition to the barn that the sky is wonderfully painted as are the trees. I especially like the distant trees on the right. I wish I could allow watercolor to do that :-)

Simone said...

I think it is beautiful Teresa. We are our own worse critics aren't we? I would be extremely proud to have produced such a fine painting. Thank you for your kind words on my blog by the way. I am flattered that you suggest I could be a freelance writer.

Suzanne said...

You're too modest, Teresa! This watercolor is beautiful where I live is often early in the morning a white mist over the land, it is difficult to paint but I see it in your watercolour!
Have a great weekend,
Suzanne

Laure Ferlita said...

Put it away for a few weeks and then revisit, I think you'll be surprised at how it "matures" and grows on you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that nonsense.....

"JeanneG" said...

I can't believe how much art you are getting done. Me...nothing. Still in a slump for some reason. Not a comfortable place to be. Your barn is wonderful. When I first saw it, I thought maybe you did your own barn. I think it is wonderful and would make a nice card.

padmaja said...

Teresa, I liked the way you chose your horizon slightly below the middle line, it feels like sky is the limit here! I loved the cute barn and the way you dealt with the foreground. Wish I had a place like this to live, far from the mad crowd:-)

Krista Meister said...

Oh goody, another artist who does book exercises like I do! Don't they help a lot? Especially when I'm trying to find my "style", I keep trying out everyone else's style to see if it "fits". Actually, when I read an art book, I can't NOT try out the exercise - it just calls to me.

I think you did a wonderful, fabulous job here, Teresa. I like your attitude of putting your own style on the painting too.

Nora Mackin said...

Very nicely done Teresa, I really like your sky.

Thankyou too for commenting on my painting

Candy said...

What you call "practice" I call a lovely painting! I like the paintings in the previous posts, too. You've been very busy. I laughed at the title of your post from the 15th!

knittingdragonflies said...

No I love this, I like the open spaces in it. You make me want to be able to paint.
A beautiful light airyness about it (is that a word?)
Vicki

Gary Keimig said...

I like it Teresa. simple and to the point and very fresh light look to it. A great little watercolor

Valley Art Project said...

This is lovely!

knittingdragonflies said...

I really love this painting!! I'm wondering how many years you have been painting?
Vicki

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