Friday, November 26, 2010

Everything old is new again

When it comes to art instruction books, it doesn't have to be a new publication to help you improve your techniques.  I am currently using a book published in 1984 called Acrylics, Translucent Techniques for Landscape Painters, by R. Bradford Johnson.  Now, I do have to admit all the paintings tend to look the same, as you are using the same techniques used in the previous exercise and adding new ones when you go to the next tutorial.  Of course, each person puts their own spin on color mixing and such, but they do all tend to look like copies from the book. All that being said, here are three paintings that I have done in the past week.


This was my first one, and I sort of forgot that I was going for translucency, and painted in a more opaque fashion.




The second one adds weathered wood and rocks... 



This third one throws snow covered trees  and stonewalls into the mix...



The next one will have a windmill and a rusty tin roof on the barn, so I really am learning as I go.

Hope everyone had a good week and a good Thanksgiving Day.  I have to get on the computer and get some shopping done, but other than that, Christmas shopping for me will be very easy.  I'm not much on decorating these days, but I still have some money left on a Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card, so I think I'll scope out some new, and hopefully, easy to display, holiday lights.  No Griswold lights for us, but if you are into that type of decorating, check out this site.

Well, that's it from me for now.  Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

7 comments:

Nezzy said...

Each one is beautiful in their own rite but I adore the sunny second painting. I can just feel the warm sun reflectin' on my face!!!

It feels pretty darn good too! It was icy and 19 degrees on the Ponderosa this morn'! Heeehehehe!

God bless ya and have a tremendous day O'Talented one! :o)

Peri said...

I like all three pieces! That instruction book is a good one...some of the artists who put out instruction books have changed since that was published, but the techniques remain valid. Oil painting techniques, for example, have changed very little in the past hundred years! But isn't it nice to know that you are really improving in multiple media? I am one proud sister, let me tell you!

Crafty Gal Linda said...

Very pretty! Keep up the good work Susan.

Liska said...

They are amazing paintings. I haven't painted since University...

Thanks so much for your wonderful message. Was very thoughtful and it was very exciting to hear from you Aunty :-)

Lisa & Aaron xx

Tina said...

I have a collection of old art instructions books. Some were given to me by my Grandmother. I like the paintings.
keep on learning and I will too.
T

Liska said...

How did you do the stunning banner across the top of your blog? It is gorgeous
x

Susan said...

Hey Liska thanks, to make my banner I used my computer photo program and sized digital photos of my art to the same size and then stitched them together and placed them on my blogger template. I'm not much of a computer expert, but it was pretty easy to do. Glad you like it.