Adding Some Color

Since I did both of these paintings in the same night, I am just going to combine both of these pictures into one post as well. No matter if I post videos of my paintings or not, I always feel that it is important to show progress photos. It’s a good point of reference later on when I look back at my blog posts to see where I was a year prior. This first photo is of the Weeping Willow piece.

I took a little bit of creative freedom here and created a few more clouds on the left. The original picture didn’t have any clouds on that side and I felt like the painting was really heavy on the right side. So, hopefully in the end it pays off.

The second image here is of the Lonely Tree painting. Again, I am just starting to add the color to this one. I am really hoping that with a bit more color the depth will start to show through on this piece….it should. SHOULD being the key word here.

Looking at the painting again in this photo, I can already tell that I am in need of some darks here. Everything seems to be blending together as one tone and color. No worries though, that happens when you just begin adding color. That’s why you do so many layers of oil paint, it makes things stand out and become more rich.

WHAT I’M READING NOW:

While working on these paintings, I have been listening to “When Giants Walked The Earth” by Mick Wall. It’s a biography of Led Zeppelin. Yaya…I know I know…I always listen to band bios. It’s my thing, I can’t help it. I find them extremely interesting. This one is 18 hours long and I am already a third of the way through. I have to say….for being a third of the way through, I feel like there is still a lot of information for them to cover.

I just made it through the part where they actually become Led Zeppelin and do their first tour in the states. I think my favorite lesson from this book so far is that Led Zeppelin was popular because they were confident in their music and they presented themselves as confident. They went around telling everyone they were going to be the next best thing and because of it, they were. Who knows what would have happened if they weren’t so confident. Heck, the band became one of the most widely known bands in the world even though they began their career by playing and releasing cover songs. I believe the book said that their entire first album was cover songs. Although, it also said that the band became famous on their first US tour which was before their first album even got released, so maybe that’s why it didn’t matter. They were just THAT good. Their sound was THAT good that people didn’t care what they were playing…it was how they played it. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised anyhow. A lot of big names started out playing covers. Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, etc etc. In fact, one of my favorite parts of the Jimi Hendrix bio was learning that when Bob Dylan was asked about Jimi Hendrix’s version of “All Along The Watchtower” he admitted that Hendrix played and sang his song better than he did himself. So, I guess it happens.

Anyhow, more updates soon! And hopefully a post about the arts and crafts in Door County when I get back from our weekend trip!

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