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Monday, November 12, 2012

Any proverbs about weather....

... are doubly true during a storm. 
~Ed Northstrum

Katherine Kean, raindrops, contemporary landscape painting, atmospheric, wet weather
I Stop for Drops 2012 Katherine Kean
(work in progress) oil on linen 12 x 16 inches

Here's a progression from drawing through details.


As you can see I ended up with much more description of the background and less focus on the drops.


Above are the first three (or so) layers from a beginning coral/pink, next a minty, pale green, and then shapes suggested in transparent brown tones. I could almost have begun with the drops at this stage, however I got carried away.


It was so much fun painting the distant urban landscaping, the trees, and the car that I just kept on going.


When I got around to adding the drops I worked from left to right, only working with the largest shapes at first.


This is what it looks like close up.

I'm undecided now. I can just finish this up with a few more glazes, or I may decide to paint over the bottom, this time taking away detail, or perhaps paint an alternate version. I'm not sure - what would you do?



6 comments:

Jean Spitzer said...

Fascinating to see this develop.

Beautiful.

I like this the way it is, but I could also see doing more versions. Mesmerizing, like watching the drops fall.

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks Jean. It does seem another version is the way to go, which means this one is almost done!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I can see you doing this several ways. This version is so wonderfully rendered. I feel as if I am in the car on a cold, rainy day! Matter of fact, I think I'll call for a fire in the fireplace for this coldest night of the season so far. It is great to reconnect with your work, Katherine. It gets better and better!

Katherine Kean said...

Thank you Elizabeth - as you know I admire your way with words! Thanks for coming by and for your insights.

Laura said...

Very beautiful!

Katherine Kean said...

Thank you Laura!