Friday, July 25, 2008

Windy Point Revised and Revised Again

Something bothered me about this Windy Point study. For one thing, I didn't think the composition was strong enough. But, it has been so helpful working out paint issues that I have added manzanita and touched up other areas. It won't make it into any catalogues any time soon, but, well...that's not the point. Catalogues are for another day. I'll continue to work on it a little.

The following painting is now available on ebay! It's my first offering and I hope you'll visit.

This got me to thinking about another painting I did before my recent study of landscape painting. Here's a painting I did from a photo of the hills south of Sonoita and on the way to Patagonia. I opened the photo in Photoshop and set up my pochade in the relative comfort and light of the computer screen.
Feeling a bit ambiguous today. There is a big deadline that is nagging at me too. I've got three portraits that I'm considering for submission. I'll post them and see if I get any votes.


Edgar said...

Why don't you post your portrait ideas and go to other blogs, and invite other bloggers to comment on the possible entries? You could call on the bloggers that you admire and that have been kind enough to reply to you in the past.
You can link in your comment directly to your "voting" post.

hawkins travel / painting blog said...

Hey, Great to hear from you...and to see this cool work! Keep in touch...your neighbor, Paco

Anonymous said...

Melinda, I think the second painting with the cloud casting it's shadow on the hills is spectacular!

I'd like to see the portrait commissions you're considering.

Melinda said...

Hi Silvina! Thank you for that feedback. Me too on the second painting. Hmm. Gotta keep going in this vein. I'm just now heading out to the studio and will be posting the portraits today. I really appreciate your interest. Back soon.

Heather said...

I love the bottom painting. It is unique in that the landscape is not the main feature. I am a big fan of the color blue and I think that many artists focus on the ground. These paintings are also beautiful but I appreciate the attention and depth given to the sky in this piece. It makes me happy :).

Melinda said...

Thank you so much for your feedback, Heather! You make a good point. It's true about the focus on the ground as opposed to the sky. I am addicted to clouds. Guess that shows. It was quite the challenge to get the high contrast between the blue sky and clouds. I've since learned that some artists put down a dark ground so that the clouds pop when white is added.