Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mycelium Musings

Recent rains seem to be the stimuli for hidden mycelium to fruit. All were found within a fifty foot span.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Around the lake

I've lately been back to my daily explorations around the lake. The heat of summer is waning, nights becoming cooler. Late summer wildflowers presage the glorious fall colors soon to arrive.

Let me kick off this series of visual posts with my favorite "around the lake" spot.

Reflecting Pool

Starling acrobatics

Joe Pye and Goldenrod

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Lily Work

The paper support from the previous post just didn't feel satisfying so I brought out one of my new birch plywood panels and transferred the design. I began with a grisaille underpainting and then explored glazing lightly. I was working from a monotone printout posterized down to just four or five values on the lily.

I then mixed strings of yellow into brown--cooler colors for the highlight and halftone; warmer colors for the local color and shadow. I spent a good deal of time standing back up to ten feet or so, working to get the form to read well from a distance.

I'm now going back in, developing detail while holding the overall values in place.