Thursday, February 10, 2011

Two kinds of painting

This past week has been all about painting--both kinds.

Most of my time has been spent on painting windows and cupboard doors.

These are the windows, newly made for the kitchen in the house we're renovating.  These custom windows are incredibly expensive as they're opening sash window style made the way they did it 100 years ago.  What you see is the exterior view.  They're ready to be installed on Monday.

The other painting I've been doing is the water color flower painting.  I've enjoyed this and have learned a lot but I'm not all that happy with the finished product.  Some of the petals don't look quite right to me.  And it's probably been overworked.  This is a tendency I have--to take things past the point at which they're finished. 

I kind of like it better before I added the yellow for the stamens.  But with water color there's no going back.  I'm starting another flower painting on a sheet of paper twice the size.  We'll see how this one goes.


  1. Hi J & H, Both look fabulous, I particularly like the black trim. It is nice to hear from you and we will sorely miss not seeing you somewhere along the route. But then you are getting so much done, good every few years. We are thankful to be out of the cold weather and really enjoying our time here. Plus I have lots of time to blog and lots of things to blog about. Best

  2. The peony you painted has a wonderful softness - I love the shading. I think the yellow stamens are perfect just as they are.

  3. Love your windows...they're going to look wonderful.

    I like the yellow stamens. I think they add a warmth that is missing in the earlier version. You've captured the fragility of the petals so well.

  4. Watercolors are hard...
    I like what you did,
    what size was this paper and what is the new paper size ?

    cheers, parsnip

  5. The windows look very nice, and require a completely different skillset than the water color paintings, which are also lovely.

  6. i see beauty
    with in and without.


  7. The windows are very nice, but the painting is so very wonderful!

  8. Thanks so much for all your comments.

    Parsnip, this painting was on a 1/4 sheet of arches watercolor paper. The next one will be a 1/2 sheet.

    Zev, thanks for visiting. Your blog is fascinating.

  9. Ah, as soon as I can open some windows here I ought to paint some cupboards in my kitchen. The peonies you are painting are gorgeous!


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