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Old 10-04-2017, 02:16 PM
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I've been struggling for several months -- not much inspiration, and very mediocre work. A few days ago, I began a study of one of my most oft-painted subjects -- the view out my window across a pasture.

I began with some washes as an underpainting. When it began to dry, I began to add texture and interest in the washes.

It's not a great piece, by any means, but it was interesting enough to me to be worth keeping.



I've always admired the work of Wolf Kahn, and though by no means in his league, it reminded me that sometimes the answer is less detail, not more!
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:18 AM
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Re: Underpainting as Painting (?) x-post from Watercolor Studio

This is better than you think, BeeG, and has lots of abstract qualities going on for a simple scene. You've put some detail in foreground as it should be that is so nice and loose. I love it!
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:37 AM
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Re: Underpainting as Painting (?) x-post from Watercolor Studio

Thanks, Kay. I appreciate the encouragement on pursuing this unexpected result.

I am working on a second one, with the loose underpainting, but following through on my orginal intent to paint on top of that. But trying to keep that very loose....will share when I have a chance to complete it.

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Re: Underpainting as Painting (?) x-post from Watercolor Studio

So here is the second study. I layered on top of the underpainted background, while still keeping it very very loose.



This captures my original intent more closely. I was taken by how the grasses' top edge was reading as a warm red-brown against a green backdrop, and the color transition from the mostly sienna field to that point. I also like how the layers of the pasture start as horizontal and then move to vertical.

As the autumn colors transition, I hope to do a few more studies of this, playing with the loose quality but trying to convey the textures somewhat.

Both of these, by the way, are in my Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook, 81/2 x 11". Mostly Daniel Smith watercolors.
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r u still doing this? hope so! the i love the 3 pix you posted - color - energy - encourgment for eye travels

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Thanks. I have been a bit uninspired of late, and now that we have moved towards winter the palette has changed. But I often paint this field, and last year I did similar studies with the winter colors. So I will likely tackle it again!
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Re: Underpainting as Painting (?) x-post from Watercolor Studio

These are so nice! I'm a fan of Wolf Kahn's work too (and was just reading one of his books for the millionth time.) You are recording the beauty of your field without the need for an exact depiction, something that I am longing to be able to do. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Re: Underpainting as Painting (?) x-post from Watercolor Studio

Interesting patterns in the design structures. Especially the first which leads the viewer into the scene nicely & also IMO, includes that important 'light' value in the lower section - Very Nice !

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Very fresh looking watercolour I really like both of these paintings very much. I also like Wolf Khan's work too.
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