Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Last of the Lake Art

Before I wrap all of summer I wanted to share what I call the last of the lake art! This piece was done from a photo I took from our wee balcony at our Paris hotel, almost one year ago. At night it was so pretty because you could see the tower twinkle!


Below is a three part experiment. I wondered if I could repair a very bad watercolor I had done six or seven years ago and kept only so I could use the back of the page for mixing paint. It's very "flat." I'm wondered -- did I do this in watercolor pencil? I see more sketch lines that never really blended as well and that sometimes happens with the pencils.


First, I added a lot of color and enhanced the reflections on the water. It already looked much better.


To finished, I added some details with Micron pen. It made everything stand out better. Unfortunately, I couldn't do much with the beach towel, but as a practice piece, I was relatively happy.


This little sparrow has a slightly demented look in its eye! I think the eye is too big but was at a point where "erasing" and correction was impossible. I'll have to try again! But the rest I'm pretty happy with.


And I leave you with another portrait of my girl.


What a model!

43 comments:

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

Your painting with sail boat and beach umbrella turned out great. That micron pen made all the difference. Love your bird and cat as well.

Iris Flavia said...

To be honest.... I cannot decide on which of the experiment-states is the most beautiful one - each of the three has something special!
Your Lizzie sure is a very cute good-bye, too!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Jeanie... As always, I am in awe of your artistic talent. Have a wonderful week!

Terra said...

I like your cat portrait and the sparrow, you could hang them as a pair.

Susie said...

All the paintings are nice. I like the pen detail too. Oh that sweet little sparrow is a good one. Great detail on the cat too. You did have a fun summer my friend. But I know you and Rick will enjoy some long weekends at the lake. I certainly hope you do. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Sandi said...

I like the painting, especially what you did with the water.

"...because you could see the tower twinkle!"

Cool!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful art, and I love the sparrow and your beautiful girl. Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Loving all of them

Laura Stebbins said...

I love your paintings! I think the bird is wonderful, and the cat looks so real. What a lot of fun you are having!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

You will have to let us know the name of the gallery when you have your first show, so that we can all flock to it, to share art chit chat and canap├ęs with the paparazzi, and namedrop shamelessly that we knew you when. I suggest late fall. It is always agreeable to be at an exhibition when leaves are burgundy and gold, and the Burgundy in the glass is robust and old. Please be sure Dahling, to have a little sharp Stilton; it adds to the moment and compliments the crispness of the air. Brie is so inadequate at such moments. Now where did I put my polished walnut cigarette holder with the mouthpiece of burnished brass?

natalia20041989 said...

You have the best model, that's for sure ☺ I admire your work, you have a big talent ☺☺

Marilyn Miller said...

I love your progress on the beach picture. Good job! Oh, Lizzie is beautiful! The bird too is a delight. You have definitely improved. Lovely!

DUTA said...

The little sparrow gets first prize according to my classification.

Rustic Pumpkin said...

I especially love the wee Parisian sketch, but am impressed how you have improved the lake scene so much. It just goes to show what working back in can do to something we are not happy with.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your beach experiment turned out unbelievable. I was thrilled with the first one, but seeing how well you improved it, made me realize how much you have accomplished over the last years. And your model is gorgeous. Bleubeard is now jealous. He somehow thinks I can paint something like that. DUH. I can't draw a snowman and it's just circles and a hat. Beautiful works, all, dear Jeanie.

BeachGypsy said...

Love the pretty sailboat picture--you are so talented! We are back from our evacuation and the internets back on so Im going around and trying to catch up with everyone. I do so enjoy your art....to me it's ALL GREAT! The Paris picture is very good too.

William Kendall said...

Beautifully done!

Thelma said...


I love beach art and your sailboat is so pretty. You are a very talent artist. I love your work.

Prims By The Water said...

The after pic is awesome...and love the kitty! Janice

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Jeanie, your kitty is beautiful. The first thought I had after reading your post was you are way too hard on yourself!

Joanne Huffman said...

What a perfect way to say goodbye to the summer!

My name is Erika. said...

Adding those pen details makes such a huge difference. I love the Paris scene and also the beach view. You really nailed the background trees-I thought you had painted the rest of the scene on a photo of those trees. Hugs-Erika

Pam said...

Loving all the art. Beautiful.

Lynne said...

I liked your lake painting pieces.
Your “redo” turned out great . . .
You shine when painting that cat love of yours!
Very nice . . .

Pamela said...

You are so creative and talented. Love seeing your artwork!

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, your lake art is wonderful. I love the one of your hotel in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in view. Lizzie is always a good subject, you are a talented artist.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeanie,

These are all wonderful paintings. I love the kitty and the lake art! Enjoy your day and week ahead!

Sandra at Maison De Jardin said...

Love the all, Jeanie. But I do love - "your girl." I know you love her too. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us. Happy day to you!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jeanie!! Your talent amazes me!! I love all of them! They are much better than i could ever do!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Hugs,
Debbie

Hena Tayeb said...

I really really love the first one!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

You did a wonderful correction (which looked good to me to start with). I can see the difference in the water and the sand though and I really like the blanket. The little bird is so good and, of course, Lizzie is beautiful as always..Happy Day..xxoJudy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love how the pen lines made such a difference with the boat and umbrella. It really is amazing! Love the first painting...I need to get brave and work on something besides birds! You always inspire me!

Evi Erlinda said...

Wonderful paintings!
Love all of them, especially the bird and the cute cat.

Joyful said...

I like your thought process and how you work through the paintings. Lizzie is a good model and you've made a nice painting of her.

R's Rue said...

Beautiful.

shoreacres said...

I think the beach towel really works. It looks like some crafty person did some tie-dye, and it's a nice contrast the boat and umbrella. I agree that the bird's eye isn't quite 'right,' but I'm not sure it's the size.It might be that the eye ring is a little too dark. Looking at it, I wondered if showing a separation between the upper and lower parts of the beak might not balance it, without making any changes at all to the eye.
(Listen to me, who knows nothing --NOTHING! -- about art!) Lizzie, of course, is perfect, purr usual.

Sandra Cox said...

I especially love Lizzie and the sparrow. I don't see a problem with the eye size.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

What a difference in the original and then the re-done beach scene, Jeanie. And that little sparrow does seem to have an evil eye.

The French Hutch said...

Jeanie I love your work but I really appreciate your Paris hotel! I'm sure memories will come flooding back every time you look at it. What a great job on your sweet kitty too. I think your improvements on the sketch look great. I always enjoy your art.........

Anonymous said...

Just love the kitty picture.....feel like I can touch her.
Phyllis

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Beautiful art, as always! I can really get a sense for kitty's personality in that painting. Miss Lizzie sure is a beauty!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I love all your art but am particularly loving your girl looking up. Sweet!

Olka said...

Wow, I've fallen in love with the sparrow!! You're so talented!
Have you ever thought about selling your pictures? ;) Consider this!

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