I went strawberry picking with my sisters. When we got there all the fields were closed so we bought strawberries and sat in the sun. I just have to tweak the strawberry on the right and I will call this done.
I started with just three strawberries and wiped it out four times. I was going to try again later but I ate one of the strawberries without thinking. This new arrangement worked so much better.
11x14 soft pastel on Colorfix Suede - Outback Blush
I love to see how the marsh changes, day by day and year by year. If it weren't for the little restaurant by the side of the road I wouldn't even believe these references were taken at the same place as last year's shots.
I may re-work this a bit but I have already re-worked it too many times so it might be best to start fresh and see where it goes.
Yesterday I visited "Art in the Barn" in Essex Ma. This path was mowed to provide a walkway down to the marsh. All the green was a challenge and I almost wiped it a few times but every time I stepped away it had promise. I like it now.
This was done on Sennelier La Carte Card, a beautiful surface but one that won't take a wet underpainting.
My new Terry Ludwig set came last week and I challenged myself to complete this entire painting with only the one box - it is the Liz Haywood Sullivan landscape set. I did fine until the end when I dipped into another Terry Ludwig set for a deeper blue.
This is the pastel underpainting with an alcohol wash.
Iris season is so short, they like the sun but not the heavy rains. I spent the week studying them, photographs, sketches, colored pencil and pastel. This morning I did this oil study. My goal was to stay loose so I stopped, I'm not sure if it is done.