Enchanting Woods

Temperatures are cooling and it’s getting dark sooner here, but despite that, Autumn is still my favorite season. That also means Halloween is coming up, and although I don’t go for all the scary, gory decorations or movies, there are still fun ways to celebrate.

Enchanting Woods
Enchanting Woods

Even though this tutorial by Lindsay Weirich was taught with oil pastels, I tried it with soft pastels and enjoyed the process very much. Rather than haunted woods, I like to think these woods are enchanted with all the delightful things we can imagine. Hope you are doing well, and thanks for reading!

Quintessential Ireland

We recently returned from a spectacular trip to the Emerald Isle, and even in the autumn there was plenty of green to behold!  This painting might not be the best in technique, but it holds many special meanings and is a reminder of the lovely things we saw.

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Our knowledgeable tour guide explained Irish traditions, history (look up the word Boycott!), and folklore. Sturdy stone walls enclose patchworks of land, stretch for miles along roads, and really are anywhere barriers are needed; most have been around for centuries.  I also included a St. Patrick’s cross, some sheep, ruins, a patch of land with visible potato ridges from potato fields of long ago, and a “farm” or forest of non-native conifer trees used for industry.  The trip was blessed with sunny days, and the Irish landscapes were stunning!  PS: Contrary to the sentiments of my fellow travelers, I kind of enjoyed the scent of burning turf 🙂

Paint Along, Day 5

Today is the last day of the Paint Along Series on Sandy Allnock’s blog, and I rather enjoyed painting along and seeing what everyone created. I laughed at myself a lot during the making of this painting because I inadvertently splattered dark paint across the picture midway through, but thankfully I was able to lift off the splotches quickly.  Then, the moon was ridiculously lopsided and wonky at one point, but I think I rectified it pretty well by smoothing the edges a little, lifting paint, and painting more branches across the uneven areas.  In planning out the black paint, I wanted to be sure to mix enough so as to not run out and then not be able to match it up correctly, and boy did I ever do a good job – I mixed up so much black paint that I can probably paint at least five more of these (maybe I will)!

Paint Along, Day 5

Paint Along, Day 5

Hope you enjoyed my week-long journey.  I had fun making the paintings even though some were not the greatest – you can’t win them all, right?  Now, what to do with all that extra black paint?  TGIF 🙂

 

Paint Along, Day 4

Day 4 was a little challenging for me because I tried to paint looser than I usually do, but sometimes it just seems like a mess to me.  I mixed all the greens myself rather than using premixed paint.  Like Day 3, I felt like the scene needed a little help, so I mixed the Quinacridone Rose with the French Ultramarine Blue to make a purple color that would be cohesive with the rest of the painting, and I loosely scattered the ground flowers with this purple.

Paint Along, Day 4

Paint Along, Day 4

The yellow in the center probably should have been darker, and the color on the path could have been darker too.  Learning, learning, learning! This is an okay little painting but I am really eager to get started on Day 5.  Fingers crossed that I will finish the class on a high note!