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May 16, 2018
The Columbine watercolor is complete. I tried doing a vignette for the first time where you have the composition touch three sides of the piece, don’t have a definite border, and incorporate the beauty of the paper. The center of focus is off-center and the composition reads left to right, up and down, and connects on three sides.
This latest watercolor painting is 22 x 30 inches. I went a bit bolder in color of the winery building itself and like how it makes it seem more alive.
This new painting uses a new color, Goethite, by Daniel Smith which granulates and created some nice textures on the surface of Mondavi Winery Building. There are lots of positive and negative shapes in this subject with light giving it further interest and movement.
This is the view from the front deck of our house in Ukiah looking south towards Hopland on a foggy morning. The fog forms over the Russian River and as the morning warms up it lifts up and down in beautiful patterns.
I am working on orchids and am learning new techniques from Birgit O’Connor in her online course like doing big washes in the background of this painting. It is the negative painting of the background that makes the flower petals take the central interest.
It’s been a long time since I posted. First the Mendocino Complex Fire in July came within 4 miles of our house. We have a great view of the fire line and smoke because we live on a ridge, so that was very distracting! We had to pack up in case of evacuation, which didn’t happen, but it took time to pack and then unpack. I had a minor surgery in late July. Then I go pneumonia in October and was in the hospital for 4 days. I am finally getting it together to do some painting. I took a picture of the pears in the orchard off Talmage Road here in Ukiah in August (when they were harvesting) and here is the result!