On February 9, 1870 the U.S. Weather Bureau was established.
One hundred years later it was renamed the National Weather Service.
by Judith F Lochbrunner
20 x 16
acrylic on paper
This painting is the final assignment that I gave myself from the January 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. The work combines many of the landscape exercises from last month in a larger size. However the biggest challenge was to simplify.
I originally intended to add some buildings and even a fence to the back fields. As soon as they were painted, I realized my mistake. The structures did not connect the sky to the front field; they broke up the composition so much so that it appeared that another painting had been inserted.
That section was reworked with simple tree and shrub shapes. Those same colors were added to the back treelike as well. The composition was simplified and the final result is a unified painting.
Happily, I can now turn my attention to new work. This 36 x 36 inch canvas was stretched and put together earlier this week (check my Facebook page for photos). An almost empty jar of naphthol red acrylic paint was extended with some gel and applied as a base coat. A second layer of acrylic ink was added with some alcohol splattered about to move the ink in random directions. I can't wait to play with it some more.....will it be a landscape...maybe?
It is a real pleasure to set-up outside on a February afternoon
and I was soon joined by my art assistant.
Winter returns late tonight lest we get too used to these temperatures!
One final note is to inform you that Potentially Chic is closing the retail shop at the end of the month. However the services part of the business will remain. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to display work at the shop and to have met many of you there.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.