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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Canadian Shoreline - after Grant Fuller

"Canadian Shoreline" after Grant Fuller
I am SO ready for Fall! I've about had it with gardening for this season. My enthusiasm for growing things has nosedived and I'm ready for a deliciously chilly frost! (Heck, let's be honest here... what I'd really like is to wake up one morning to a foot of snow in the yard :-)

As usual, I've kept a low blogging profile through the summer months...just not enough hours in the day to get around to everything. Didn't get much done in the way of art either, but I did purchase a watercolor instructional DVD entitled "Painting the Sea in Watercolor" by a delightful Canadian named Grant Fuller. Love his instructional style! Clear, easy to understand, and a gentle sense of humor. It's a pretty straight forward DVD, mostly basics really, but even so I still had several "A ha!" moments... specifically in the area of how much water to use.... which is something that's been hit and miss. The light bulb finally clicked on. 'Bout time!  I followed along with the sample painting, and my version of Mr. Fuller's painting is what you see above.

24 comments:

http://matildadigitalpictures.blogspot.com/ said...

super

Ann said...

Nicely done! But please don't mention snow just yet!

Tam Hess said...

It's beautiful! I love it when the light bulb goes off or on, whichever! :)

Teresa Mallen said...

Lovely piece, I especially like the trees and the reflections of sky in the water. Sorry to hear about the yen for frost and snow. My veggie harvesting days are just getting started here so I can't claim burnout just yet.

Jan/PetsToPosies.com said...

That's gorgeous, Teresa! It sounds like a dvd that I could use. Somehow the lightbulb stays dim for me when it come to watercolor!

I agree with Ann - please no snow for a goodly while - maybe a dusting at Christmas?

Did you have any problems with Irene?

Jo Castillo said...

You had an A Ha! moment for sure in the painting. It is just lovely. We are trying to decide when to go back to TX, we have a couple more weeks in the condo, but it is still over 100 at home. Jeepers. I can see why you are ready for some cool weather.

Pat said...

Lovely painting - and great to see you back :) xx

sue said...

Ahh those lightbulb moments!! Had a couple recently when I attended a 3 day Mike Sibley graphite workshop but could certainly do with a few more :-)

Lovely painting - I especially like the reflected sky colour in the water.

padmaja said...

A lovely job, I liked the way you have handled the reflections which is always challenging with water colors. I was looking at one of your old mails when your comment for my recent post made its day! What a coincidence!

Rosie said...

That is so beautiful, Teresa. I can't wait to see the sea again:)

knittingdragonflies said...

Love this! I like the light and the water, it has movement.
I'll have to check this guy out.
Take care
Vicki

Katherine Thomas said...

That's gorgeous! I love that feeling when the lightbulb clicks! It doesn't matter that you followed the DVD, you created this with your own two hands... and it's awesome!

Claire M said...

Gorgeous painting. LOVE the multi-colored reflections!!!

Cathy Holtom said...

Lovely light reflections in the sea!

IrinaSztukowski said...

How many colors one blue can have: you've mastered this one Teresa. Great job. I love when artists painting water with watercolor. Some can say it is easy: go ahead and try. You did terrific job here!
Thank you,
Irina

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Really lovely! And I'm with you on the end of summer...though I'd just settle for a cold front that reduced the humidity and the temps to below 90!

newmexicomtngirl.com said...

Such a gorgeous piece. Must be a wonderful DVD. I saw your post on my Google reader and didn't have time to click over. I love this piece and maybe I should look into it
peace n abundance,
CheyAnne

Allan and Lesley said...

Beautiful and tranquil

ArtistUnplugged said...

This is beautiful! Hope your summer went well!

hmuxo said...

This is a beautiful painting, Teresa! Congratulations!!! Looks to me like that DVD is extremely helpful. The reflections on the water is absolutely perfect. As far as Winter..please..not yet. We get hit pretty hard, here in NY. I love Summer and Fall...

Candy said...

Teresa, I really like this. The colors are so soft. I especially like the yellow. Great job on the reflections.

By the way, I'm going to bake Darnell's Fresh Strawberry Cake tomorrow. If you'd like to hop a plane to Las Vegas, I'll save you a slice:)

Gillian said...

Hey Teresa - good to see you blogging again- and to find you on PMP. It's always nice to see a 'friendly face' when joining a new site.

I love your Canadian Shoreline. Lovely soft colours and a delicate touch.

Thanks also for your kind comments. Hugs. x

DEB said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I too find it hard to fit the blogging in, but i have met some amazing artists doing it!

Krista Meister said...

Oh, I love how this turned out! Like you, I disappeared from the internet for the summer - did some painting, but was mostly gone a lot. Glad to see you're still moving forward in your painting. I love painting from DVD's too.

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