Painting and More Organizing – Day 33

I got back to painting the Muskoka chairs today. I have been getting up early each morning, about 5:00, which gives me time to get some things done before I start work at 8. This morning I used that time to mix up new paints and do some work on the chairs. I worked on the shadows and cement on the lower right side and cleaned that up. Tonight after work I did a little bit more and worked on the yellow chair.

I find yellow is always tricky to work with. It doesn’t cover over the pencil marks very well and it’s really difficult to mix a darker yellow that doesn’t just look gray. I’m not sure I’ve got the right formula yet but it’s coming. The yellow chairs will definitely need another layer of paint.

I was feeling pretty motivated today so when I came home for lunch I decided to move some things around in my office. I took out a medium-sized shelf and replaced it with a smaller bookshelf and organized my paints, brushes and mediums on it. It looks much better and gives me more space to move around. The room has become a catch all for everything that doesn’t have a home and I’m slowly trying to bring it back to it’s original purpose. I’ve been trying to look at things through new eyes and get rid of things that aren’t useful in helping me move ahead. I figure if I do a little each day I won’t be completely overwhelmed!

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5 thoughts on “Painting and More Organizing – Day 33

  1. mye1212

    What a great composition. You’re self-taught? You did a fine job. I haven’t set a number or specific goal to my drawing for 2012, but I’d like to do more than I did last year. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. bstonehouse

    Thanks! I find there are so many great resources online now, it’s easy to find what you want to learn more about. Good luck with your drawing…I hope to see some on your blog!

  3. weisserwatercolours

    I agree with ‘High River Arts’ that the colours dance and the composition plays the eye and makes for a fun journey to the very end of the row! There is something so cottagy and summery about this painting. It is refreshing. I can almost smell the sunscreen and taste the lemonade.

    I’m not too sure if this idea would work with oils, but it does with watercolour: I use different shades of watercolour pencil to lay in the initial drawing. They disappear the minute the medium is applied–so because graphite pencil is never used, it is therefore never seen.

    Thank you for your visit to my site and your very kind words. I appreciate it a great deal.

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