Originally Posted by SouthButte
Great save on the sky! But twenty hours?!! That exceeds my patience budget by seventeen.
Fabulous detail work that absolutely breathes life into the scene. You captured the essence of the place perfectly.
Wish I could do that, but I would have to save up my daily patience allocation for a month.
Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments, I'm honored. More paintings coming soon.
Well, 20 hours really isn't all that long, I don't think, especially when you spread it out over a week. Some days I'll paint for ten hours straight. Other days, I may only paint a couple of hours or even not at all. This one was spread out over almost two weeks. I generally have several paintings going at once. That prevents me from getting either too bored or too frustrated. I'f I'm feeling unusually inspired and the work is going well, I'll tear through it in no time. After I botched the sky on this one, I almost wrote it off as a loss, but decided to give it a few days of rest, after which I attacked it and managed to somewhat save it. I'll know how successful I was if it's still hanging in the gallery after several months on the wall. ;-)
Originally Posted by Kosmon
Fine painting, you've really caught the forms and the arid feel of the place - the Needles in Canyonlands is one of my favorite and definitely my most visited place in the southwest.
I'm always greatly impressed (and encouraged!) by what you manage to get out of that little Koi paintbox.
Heheh, thanks, Kos. This painting, however, will mark the last studio painting that I do with the little Koi box, as I've replaced it with a set of Daniel Smith watercolors, which are far
richer in pigment and luminosity than the Koi cakes, which are actually just student grade and are, comparatively, rather dull and lifeless. They were, however, all I had at the time and I've always argued that skills always override the tools (but the better the tools, the greater the potential
for higher quality work). The Koi set will now serve as my plein air watercolor kit and I can eventually replace the Koi cakes with the DS tubed watercolors and keep the little kit, which is awesome.
Cheers and thanks again, everyone,