Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"100 SLC Porches, No.78 & No.79"

I took a three day weekend and managed to get a couple of porch paintings done.  Here they are...
"100 Salt Lake City Porches, No.78"; Watercolor on 10" x 12" Paper.
The above Federal Heights area porch is canopied by two trees.  I took a picture of it earlier in the spring when the trees were just budding out but thought that it might be more interesting to wait till the trees filled out.  Now the trees are just barely starting to turn as the temperatures start falling.  I started this porch painting in a flat wash of yellow to help with the contrast of the canopied area and the rest of the painting.  The rest of the porch painting is done in the puddle style of watercolor painting on a hot pressed paper.
"100 Salt Lake City Porches, No.79"; Poured Watercolor on 9" x 12" Paper
I almost got rear ended by a BMW and a dirty look from the car driver on a Sunday afternoon car ride when I took the picture of this porch.  It was a beautiful day and the trees surrounding this house almost secluded it in shade.  I was driving slowly through the Federal Heights neighborhood scouting porches.  This yellow house caught my eye and then the symmetry around the door captured me.  I used phatlo blue, crimson red, and aurora yellow in this pour; which was done in four different pouring levels.  To view the progress of (or to purchase) 100 Salt Lake City Porches, click here.  I welcome any feedback you may have.

Monday, September 19, 2011

"100 SLC Porches, No.77"

Back to the 100 Salt Lake City Porches, and here I start off with a wonderful yellow Victorian that resides in the lower Avenues.  Yes, I know it's another yellow house(which I favor), but I think that you'll see that this is a very unique porch.
"100 Salt Lake City Porches, No.77"; Watercolor on 9" x 12" Paper.
I started this porch painting with a series of flat washes in yellow; building and building on the yellow.  Then, I switched to some puddle style watercolor painting to finish it all off.  This weekend, I did managed to get out in the car and on my bike to scout out some more potential porches.  So I guess, I need to get back to the project.  To view the progress of (or to purchase) 100 Salt Lake City Porches, click here.  Thanks for stopping by and I welcome any feedback you may have.

Friday, September 16, 2011

In A Flowering Mood...

I've been in a bit of a flowery mood of late and am wandering into uncharted territory.  As a co-worker stated recently," I never imagined you as the flowery type."  I will admit that I usually am not, being more of the tom-boy type.  But it's kind of been nice trying my hand at something new.  Here's a couple of recent watercolors, I've done in the wet to dry method...
"Poppies A Blooming"; Watercolor on 9" x 12" Paper.

"Crab Apple Blossoms"; Watercolor on 10" x 13"
I'll probably start back in with the 100 Salt Lake City Porches Project this weekend and I'm hoping to be able to scout out some new porch possibilities on my bike too.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Porch Break...

I'm taking a short break from the 100 Salt Lake City Porches Art Project this week.  Part of the reason is that I need a bit of a break and want to paint other things. I've had some photos I have taken while out scouting porches and cycling that I've wanted to paint but just haven't had the time.  Well, I thought I would take a bit of a time out this week to paint some of those.  I also have started back with Colleen Reynolds Watercolor Classes.  I took the summer off because I ride my bike WAY TOO much in the summer to have time for everything.  Like this painting below, I've had a photo I took back at the beginning of summer of these birdhouses.
"Birdhouses in a Row"; Watercolor on 10" x 12" Paper done in the wet-to-dry method.

Another part of the reason is that I am taking a break.  I am in need of some more porches to paint.  I've managed to get quite a variety relatively close to where I live and bike on a regular basis but now I need to venture out a little further in the Salt Lake City valley to look for some unique porches.  It takes a bit more time.  If any of you that are reading this know of some porches that are unique, please drop me an address via email (its2allgood4u@yahoo.com ).  I would be very grateful.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

"100 SLC Porches, No.76"

"100 Salt Lake City Porches, No.76"- Watercolor on 10" x 12" Paper
I love these little cottage like houses.  There are quite a few similar to this one throughout the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake.  I was especially drawn to this one because of the wildflower like landscape that surrounded it.  It feels like it's nestled in a quiet garden all by itself.  I also liked the detail of the small window above the door.  I started this painting as a pour using permanent rose.  Then I used a bit of ultramarine blue in the sky area.  Then I finished the painting with the puddle style of watercolor painting and a bit of dry brushing.  To view the progress (or to purchase one) of 100 Salt Lake City Porches, click here.  Thank you for visiting and please leave a comment if you are so incline.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"100 SLC Porches, No.75"

I'm amazed at myself!  I'm 3/4 of the way through this art project.  I've stuck with the project and used no excuses to get out of it.  I've also amazed myself with the bit by bit that I've improved.  It's interesting looking from the first porch and working to the later ones.  Check out the progress yourself by clicking the link below and see how I've progressed along.  I have had fun with this project and I've meet some really fun porch owners along the way too!  Here's No.75...
"100 Salt Lake City Porches, No.75"; Oil on 11" x 14" Canvas board.
I played loosely with this oil and tried to really focus on the light that comes through the trees and at the porch at an angle.  It was fun and came together very quickly.  From start to finish it took about 4 hours total to paint this porch.  To view the progress (or to purchase one) of 100 Salt Lake City Porches, click here.  I welcome any feedback you may have and thanks for visiting!