Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"100 SLC Porches, No.63"

"100 Salt Lake City Porches, No.63"; Watercolor on 10" x 11" Paper
There's a great deal going on with this porch and I decided to do it in the wet to dry style of watercolor painting.  I limited the color pallet to quinacridone gold, ultra marine blue, and kelly green.  This went quickly as usually the wet to dry style does.  You can view the progress of the 100 Salt Lake Porches or perhaps to inquire about purchasing, click here.  Thanks for visiting and I would enjoy any feedback you may have.

Friday, July 22, 2011

"100 SLC Porches, No.62"

"100 Salt Lake City Porches, No.62"- 10" x 10" on Paper
I'm back from a lovely little vacation I spent in Helena,MT.  Now to get serious about doing some more porch paintings.  I put the finishing touches on this painting late last night.  Yes, it's another yellow house and I will admit that I tend toward yellow houses.  They are just SO warm and inviting; and the rocking chair on this one makes it look even more inviting.  I started this painting as a series of flat washes in yellows, slowly building up the brightness of the yellows.  Then I finished with some puddle style painting.  To view my progress with the 100 Salt Lake City Porches Project visit this page.  Here's a photo that I took during the Helena 100 Bike ride that I did while on my vacation.
A picture during the Helena 100 Bike ride that went along the upper Missouri River.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"100 SLC Porches, No.61"

"100 Salt Lake City Porches, No.61"; Poured watercolor on 10" x 14" paper.
It was the wooden swing that caught my eye to this porch.  I could just picture a lazy Saturday afternoon watching the kids swing beneath the tree all the while I'm leisurely enjoying the shade on the porch.  For this poured watercolor I used a mixed blue ( 50/50 of phathlo blue and ultramarine blue), a mixed yellow (40/30 of medium yellow and yellow ochre) and a mixed red (cadmium red with a bit of scarlet red).  What can I say I was in a mood to mix?  Then to finish it off a I did a bit of puddle painting where I, of course, was mixing in little puddles of water.  I guess you could say it was a bit of an adult version of child's play.  The porches may slow down a bit for the next week as I heading off to do a bit of vacationing up in Montana.  But we'll see.  I'm planning on taking my watercolor painting supplies in tow and perhaps I'll have sometime to paint between cycling and sightseeing.  To check out the progress of 100 Salt Lake City Porches, click here.  Here's a couple of photos I took this last weekend while I was cycling the Utah's Alpine Loop.
The Apline Loop near the summit.
The road from Alpine Loop to Cascade Springs Nature Reserve.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"100 SLC Porches, No.59 & No.60"

It's definitely a patriotic theme with these two porches...

"100 Salt Lake City Porches, No.59"
Watercolor on 11" x 14" Yupo
"100 Salt Lake City Porches, No.60"
Watercolor on 11" x 14" Hot Pressed Paper
Porch No.59, I spotted a while back while on a bike ride during a pretty May Day while in the Canyon Rim area of the Salt Lake Valley.  I've been saving it for the patriotic time of year.  I loved how the big trees in the front yard kind of framed the upper area of the porch.  It's more of a side porch that runs the front length of the house.  I did this in a bit of a puddle wash on yupo; which is not an easy thing to do on yupo because yupo is a very slick type surface where the water REALLY puddles up and it must be kept still till the water drys.

Porch No.60 is an older home in the Taylorsville area of the Salt Lake Valley and I thought it might be fun to do it as a red, white, & blue theme to keep it patriotic even more.  I really got the idea from a painting that my friend & teacher Colleen Reynolds did.  It was a scene where everything was blue & white except for a guy that was wearing a t-shirt that had a flag themed print on it.  Colleen added the color red to that section of the painting.  I was very fascinated the first time I saw the painting and I thought that this porch was a good candidate for this style.  I started with a light flat wash of blue and built up.  The last thing I did was add the red color.

To view the progress of ( or to purchase one of) 100 Salt Lake City Porches, please click here.  I welcome any feedback you may have.  Thank you for visiting my art blog.