Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Watercolor Painting - Sticks & Stones VI


Sticks & Stones VI 7x10" watercolor on Arches
The elements in this challenge were - Checkerboard composition (duh...okay, a little obvious...and I put the flowers on the wrong squares) Direction being the dominant element, and lemon yellow as the mothercolor, which doesn't show up worth a damn because when I get the yellow looking yellow, the purple blue color becomes some other uncolor...so you'll have to trust me that the squares that aren't purple are actually yellow.


Well, this is the last in the Sticks & Stones series, as Myrna's January challenge is rapidly coming to an end. It has been fun working with these elements (okay, one is missing here). I've learned so much...especially "THINK BEFORE YOU PAINT". Amazing really...and then there is the "Think While You're Painting" concept...now why didn't I think of that?!

I might take a couple of these and work them up in a bigger format. Which ones do you think would look good? Tell me your faves. If ya want.


Anyway...the weather is beautiful, wish you were here. It's warmed up to a balmy -28C! A person can actually go outside without worrying about instant frost bite. Really lovely. (I hope the sarcasm shows up better than the yellow).


And now...my show is over...(how many nights in a row can a person (not mentioning any names) watch the same movie before they are considered really pathetic? Just curious.)...and it's time to start a new painting. hhhmmm...what to paint, what to paint...


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Edit: PS...For those of you south of the border in Farenheit land...I just checked the temp and it's -30C which is about -22F. Just so's ya know.

11 comments:

Myrna Wacknov said...

Tracy, you need to translate the temperature into Fahrenheit for those of us south of the border. I vote for the cruciform Sticks and Stones. It's stunning! Excellent translation of the elements. I do have a February challenge coming up. Stay tuned.

Tracy Wandling said...

Oh good! Looking forward to it. Just checked the temp...it's -30C which is about -22F. Burr freezin'.
I liked the cruciform one too. And yes, I think that will be the first one I do. Thanks for stopping by. It helps me keep warm!

W. K. Moore said...

Tracy a very cool painting. What a great idea using stone and flowers as game pieces. I get an optomistic feeling looking at it and that just adds to delight of this late Thur afternoon. You are definitely painting in the right direction.

Tracy Wandling said...

Thanks WK - I'm always happy to brighten someone's late Thursday afternoon. And happy to have your encouraging comments. I feel like I'm heading the right direction, and it's great to knowe that you thank so too.
Thanks for stopping by!!

Nava said...

no, No, NOOOOOOOOO - please keep talking Celsius! Finally, someone who speaks my language!!!

This one's truly cool! as it your previous one, which I also like. I think both are great candidates for working bigger. And, y'know, you can go on with this series - don't stop now that your creative juices have started to ooze!!!

Michelle Himes said...

Hi, Tracy! Thanks for the comment on my blog. I haven't looked in on you for a while, and I saw your series on Myrna's slideshow just now. Wow! You have some interesting variations there. I LOVE what you did with the checkerboard one. I can tell that you put a lot of thought into designing these. Nice work!

Tracy Wandling said...

Nava, you crack me up! And not to fear, I'll keep my creative juices oozing. I'm going to work on making these bigger now.
(PS...it's -32C this morning)

Thanks Michelle! I have enjoyed these thoroughly, and have more ideas just waiting to find their way on to paper. Can't wait for the February challenge. And..can't belive it's already February!!!

Joan said...

Tracy - Are your palm trees blowing in your tropical breeze? LOL I like the checkerboard painting. Nice direction to it. My favorites are Sticks and Stones IV and V. The colors in those rock!! Super job on the entire series. It was fun to watch.

laura said...

"Think before you paint"--I should have that engraved on my palette. I loved seeing everything you did with this challenge! Hard to pick favorites--they're all so different!! I guess I gravitate to 2, 4 and 5 for various reasons.
I think you could keep going with this; but let's see what the Feb. challenge is! Can't wait.

Tami said...

These last couple of ones are excellent! Love the shadows from the stones in the checker board!

Tracy Wandling said...

Thanks Laura and Tami - I am looking forward to the new challenge...but I'm still going to work these. Always something to learn.