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Playing with watercolors

One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to play with other media and use materials I have stockpiled, but not used over the years. Watercolor painting is one of them!  Inspired by the abundance of snow we've already gotten in Brooklyn this winter, here are some of my latest playthings....

 

I have a couple of more scenes in mind. In the mean time, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Now this holiday card made me proud

When the Prospect Park Alliance got wind of my offer to donate 10% of sales of park paintings, they asked if they could use one of my paintings, Sledding Home, for their 2010 holiday card. Sledding Home, oil on canvas

I was so pleased and honored! They printed 1000 of the cards and all of their departments used this card to send season's greetings to all sorts of people. My studio mate told me she even saw one in the window of her neighborhood's Councilwoman's office (of course, she felt I was infringing on her geographical territory, but that's another story).

"Sledding in Prospect Park"

sledding-homeI've finished this painting, "Sledding Home in Prospect Park" and am starting another snowy scene in Prospect Park painting, which I'll add to "Works in Progress" later.  Painting snow was something I've been wanting to do for a long time and I thought it was going to be kind a fight, in the way I took on painting water as a challenge. But, it turned out to be a more enjoyable learning experience. Now, I'm packing up for a trip out West and am taking my new pochade box with me. I can't wait to try it out. Somehow I never got around to testing it out at home, so we'll see how it works on the road! Hoping to catch some nice snowy mountain scenes in the next couple of weeks. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Playing with color, an indoor painting luxury

While I miss painting outside and the thrill of capturing light and color on-site, there are some niceties with painting in my studio. As I've been working on the painting of the Carroll Gardens street scene (see Works in Progress, and below), I've been able to play around with color combinations at my leisure - which is helpful because the church's stone facade in the late afternoon light has an incredible variety of hues... church6

And, I've finally started a snowy scene of Prospect Park...  I'll be posting updates in Works in Progress. It was a lot of fun to recreate the shimmery snow as the sun came out. It took some playing around with surprising color combinations to get the shadows and sunlit areas right. A little more refinement to be done here. I've gotten a couple of references to Monet by studio-mates and neighbors who've seen this painting so far! Sounds good to me!!

snow1Thanks to the blogger at http://ayearinthepark.typepad.com, I remain inspired by Prospect Park and its excellent masquerade as a country escape (although the classic street lamp is a dead give-away).

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