Monday, July 07, 2008

Weekend Painting Job

I've been wanting to try my hand at these little landscapes taught by Karyn Gartel for some time. A friend took her class and was kind enough to show me how to do it too. They were a lot of fun and I love how they are so whimsical and folk artsy. I was most amazed that you could actually paint on canvas using the inexpensive sort of craft acrylic paint you buy at the hobby stores. I notice now that I'm seeing both the day and night versions side by side, that I made a few errors - the hills in the night one are brighter and lighter in color than the daytime one and it really should be the other way around, shouldn't it? Maybe I should go back in and paint a big cloud obscuring the sun! And don't tell, but I have my light source coming from the left on the day time piece, but my shadows for the trees and houses go the opposite direction! Duh! I don't care. I'm still happy with them as I've never painted on real canvases before and now, having done this, I'm not so intimidated so may try some other things later on. If you'd like to see Karyn Gartel's site and the classes she offers, check out her workshop blog.


~*~Patty said...

Just wonderful and very whimsical, you must be SO pleased with them! Both really look great!

Jean said...

Diana, these are great. the colors are so vibrant. I'm anxious to try doing some more. Jean

ginny said...

I think your paintings are great. Keep going. I can't wait to see what you do next.

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Lillian M said...

These are to die for
great work Diana
I LOve these alot
Houses are my thing too