Originally Posted by Clotmonet
What u squeezed all that into a 5x7?? When I first looked at it I thought it was much larger.
It has that property where if you squint to defocus a little, the liquidity of the water pops right out at you. I just love stuff like this. It's rough and bold yet somehow retains the feel of reality.
Btw I would never have though such earthy greens could be used in the water. Most people would reach for the turquoise and dry brush the bejazus out of it. Good job avoiding the cliche.
Are you considering using it as a sketch for something larger?
first, thank you everyone, appreciate the affirming good words for my journey painting...this piece in particular...
to answer your question, Clot...I have now about sixty such small cardstock studies, 80# sealed first with Zinsser Shellac spray...and to be honest, the prolific habit of painting has exceeded my space for storing paintings in linen, larger panel, etc;
I hope to be an outbuilding studio this next summer with a half loft for storing canvases, frames and paintings...
What I am doing is painting these small...using Gamblin nonsolvent gel medium which is a siccative similar to copal I used to use more frequently. These dry to touch within about a week...and a week after, I put them in a plastic bin separated with a sheet of wax coated paper. When I have about 30 stored up I order a black artist's bound portfolio with black paper and plastic protective sleeves. I have one now filled with 44 such smaller oil originals, and its kinda cool walking about with that many oils under one's arm to share.
My first purpose is to paint...as that is how I nurture my heart to remain filled with thanksgiving...a means to celebrate this side of the dirt. Secondary (but also last it seems) has been plans how to share, market, get them out. I seem to lose any pressing need.
Sharing on other social media venues, I have about a dozen of these small studies sold IF and when I should feel it is time to let them go.
I hope to carry them into some larger trustworthy decent galleries sometime in the future (and living in a national forest, that means driving, and finding a gallery with integrity finds itself a challenge). I would like a gallery to see something in my work and agree that if I begin to paint larger paintings from these studies, they would be more than interested to form a partnership.
Otherwise...I have probably about 400 paintings on hand for posterity...
So some understand...I was full time starting in 1979...was ripped off about a quarter million in the late 80s, decided to enter the physical classroom to teach to raise my family, but kept up the painting regimen. I retired from teaching three years ago.
What some may not know...is during the early years I was one of the original staffers of this community, a handful of us and about four forums; then less than 1,000 members and helped create eight forums, moderating them all...and retired about seven or eight years ago to instruct online, paint, travel and teach workshops. When I left, there were about 340,000 artist members. Life has provided an interesting journey and ride...