A new start


I had some time and the excitement carried over from yesterday, so spent two and a half hours online today getting this far with a new 16x20 painting. Someone said during the broadcast that it had the look of a watercolor. I sort of agree. I made my objective just getting the canvas covered with as close to the right values as I could, not worrying too much about the correct colors as yet. I see that the only part of the canvas not covered is her shoes. The woman in the reference photos - also ones I took in Ireland- was wearing orange Crocs. I'm still thinking about that. the little girl was carrying a blue bucket which I painted as blue at first, but it didn't have much presence against the mother's skirt, so I've wiped it off and think I'll try red instead.
I'm not sure when I'll be able to get back to this painting, but I like the start. Again, thanks to all of you who came by to chat as I was painting!

12 comments:

Shelley Bittick said...

Loving the new directions your painting are taking.

Diana Marshall said...

I can see the colors better in your photo than I could on u-stream. Cool how you edited your photo in photoshop, I got to learn how to do that. Painting looks lovely, so alive and sunny (like you)

CandynRA said...

I didn't get to stop by yesterday, but this one is really nice, Susan. I also love your Beach Buddies! Always beautiful work!

Marian Fortunati said...

Wish I could have joined you.... I like the looseness of this!!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I watched the very start but was at work so had to shut down. It really has a sense of light at this point.

Jo Castillo said...

Well, you don't lack much. Good work. I like it a lot. Nice brush strokes.

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

very charming, cheerful painting. I think you had a great start!

Jimmie said...

An exciting start! This painting is already ahead of the game. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

Jimmie

Rosemary said...

Susan this is wonderful! Wish I could have watched the broadcast! Love the color choices and the brushstrokes! What an inspiration you are!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Susan,

This is gorgeous. I love the paint technique, and the loose quality. The joy you're feeling leaps out of the canvas, and is just a delight.

Thank you.

xoxoxoxoxBarbara

Carolina said...

This painting is going somewhere I like... hope to see it finished soon.

Arti said...

This is a beautiful painting.The light is falling at the right places and the whole effect is wonderful, very happy painting indeed.