Friday, January 25, 2008

Watercolor Painting - Poplar Trees




Winter Sky watercolor 22x30" sold
The bottom two images are crops


Oh glorious Friday! Is it my imagination or did this week last about a month!? Hm...well it's over now...two days of free, free, freedom!


So I think I finished this watercolor painting of poplar trees. There are definitely parts of it I love to pieces, and some parts that sort of missed the mark. I could quite happily lop off a good portion of the tree on the right. Too many straight branches...just doesn't work for me. And of course the color is off...that blue is very blue in real life...but not quite that blue. So, overall I am pleased, and sufficiently ready to set it aside and move on to the next.


I have been reading quite a bit about how to make ones blog more attractive to the search engines. Empty Easel (see link on the right) has some great information on the subject...as well as some other places I visited that I forget the name of. Some of the things mentioned are to use key words in posts, and be repetitive; bold and italicize words; use popular names, such as artists, websites, and clubs, groups or societies (which is why I am going to join some!).

Linking to other sites, and having them link you is another helper. And there is some other more teknikal stuff I have no idea how to do, but will get someone else to help me with.

These things are not going to be miracles, but in time they are supposed to help increase visitors. Oh, yeah, and getting PayPal too.


So these are some things that I am working on. I have a small fear of appearing presumptuous, and acting like I'm "all that"...but that's just too bad. A smart guy I know told me that it's smart to work on marketing your work early on in your 'career'...so that's what I'm doing. (Thanks Ron.)


Still working on Myrna's challenge...cruciform composition, and shape as the dominant element. I'm not really sure what that means, LMAO!! but I'm working on it. I mean, shape...it pretty much naturally occurs when you draw something...so how do I make it dominant? hhhmmm...off to the book shelf...


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9 comments:

Sandy Maudlin said...

Tracy, Your poplars are excellent. I really like them and know they took a lot of work. Have a great weekend.

Clive said...

Yeah, these are interesting. This is a risky suggestion, because it could be inhibiting or stimulating...ever heard of Jo Manning? She did a lot of decievingly simple work with trees; when I was a student I loved looking at her etchings at Gallery Pascal in Toronto across from the AGO. She lives in BC again now. Here's a link to her website:

http://jomanning.com/index.php

There's nothing we can do that hasn't been done before; it's just that we all have a chance to do it differently. Your take is unique, of course, but you might still find her work inspiring, particularly the old etchings and oils. I still love it.

Tracy Wandling said...

Thanks Sandy - I can't call it work when I enjoy it so much! Glad you like them.

Wonderful link Clive! Really beautiful...her etchings are wonderful in their simplicity. I love her oils too...magical. I am never intimidated by great art...only inspired. Thanks for this bit of inspiration!!

RHCarpenter said...

Beautiful finish. I love the pointillism style you used for these and you've captured the light and shadow perfectly.

Tami said...

These are BEAUTIFUL! I love the perspective and your shadowing is perfect!

Tracy Wandling said...

Thanks so much Rhonda and Tami...I'm kind of in love with them myself! It feels good to be trying new things...and of course, it feels great when others like what I do!!

Joan said...

Tracy, I like the way this turned out! I don't think I would have the patience to do all those tiny dots of color. But they do blend together in the eye to form an interesting view.

Tracy Wandling said...

Hi Joan - Thanks. I thought I wouldn't have the patience, but I do kind of get lost in it...it's a whole tiny little world. Plus, I have 3 or 4 other projects going on, so I can switch to something else when I start going cross-eyed!

dominick said...

great work!!genuine twigs and the counterchange of colors make it so lovely to look at!! view my blog madam..pinoywatercolorist.blogspot.com thanks