As I get closer to completing my Fifty at Fifty project, I wonder, What next? This project has kept me focused on a goal, and kept me looking at each painting as part of an overall body of work, rather than worrying so much about each individual piece. I’ve learned a lot, improved my painting skills, and I have a beautiful set of watercolors to enjoy.
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Today I stumbled upon the inspiration for my next art series : Wandering Bert. I don’t know what about it clicked for me, but after looking through it I’ve decided to do as series of Fifty-One Illustrations. (Fifty-one for me next birthday?) I’ll draw, draw, draw, and play around with whimsical subjects, humor, and fantasy. And it’s a perfect excuse to finally buy a set of Copic Markers. WOOT!
Painting something totally new. Goldfish! I went to PetSmart and watched them for a long time and then realized that I could put my iPhone right up to the glass and shoot photos of them as they swam by. The fish were shy: if I moved the camera, they darted to the back of the tank. If I left the camera still, they’d once in a while come to investigate. I managed lots of blurry images, but enough to learn their shapes. And the color! Wow.
"Goldfish," watercolor, 7x9"
This is Fifty at Fifty #46.
Walk up the Blue Lakes trail. Start out through thick, old forest, with a raging mountain stream, clear and cold, to your left and below. Watch your feet as you climb, rest, climb. Look up and see a peek of a mountain top, visible, then hidden behind the treetops as you walk.
Ahead, an open meadow; the mountains in the distance rise above the evergreens in the middle distance. The trail at your feet leads your way. Somewhere after those trees, and on the mountain, are the ice-cold, electric-blue, string of three Blue Lakes: your destination.
“Along Blue Lakes Trail,” watercolor, 8.5×11″
#45 of Fifty at Fifty.
I’m still loving landscapes, learning with each new scene.
#44 of Fifty at Fifty
"Red Mountain" watercolor, 5x7"
Working on the last few in the series. This is a scene from the Pass Creek Trail in southwestern Colorado. The scene in real life has pretty yellow and red flowers from your feet to the middle ground. Beautiful! I cut some of the foreground here to focus on the distant mountains. Fifty at Fifty #43. (Not signed yet.)
"Pass Creek Trail" watercolor on paper, 3x7"