Saturday, October 28, 2017

Autumn Artwork

"Old Truck" - (c)Pat Dolan 2017 - 10" x 14" - watercolor on Fabriano Artistico 140# wc paper

When we moved to our current home about 3 years ago, this old truck was resting jauntily on the hillside, it's bed filled with growing plants. I photographed her in every season, even to taking pictures as she was slowly driven away to be sold to the highest bidder. The autumn matched her coloring perfectly, although in this view, one cannot really see the wonderful tall grasses in the truck bed. I may need to do another one... Meanwhile, below are some step-by-step progress photos to help you see how a watercolor painting is developed from drawing to completion.

Here's another fall watercolor recently completed, although it was started years ago! Sometimes I have to put away in incomplete painting until such a time as it calls to me to be completed. I put down the first few layers about 5 or 6 years ago, then got stuck trying to figure out how to proceed.
"Tennent Church Cemetery" - (c)Pat Dolan 2017 - 10" x 14" - watercolor on Aquarell 140# wc paper

The Old Tennent Church is a Presbyterian church located at 450 Tennent Road in Manalapan, New Jersey, where we once lived. It's cemetery has Revolutionary War headstones, among so many others. It's an incredibly scenic and tranquil spot next to the Monmouth Battlefield of historical fame. It's particularly beautiful in fall and winter, although also beautiful in spring and summer!

Once again, the completed painting.

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