The photo does not look that different, but I took the masque off. Look at the light on the furniture. Next comes a lot of sofening and detail work. I'll be at the Kerr County Market Days Saturday 12/19 9-4 if you want to see this commissioned work in process in person.
Judy (the commissioner of this painting) gets three updates today because yesterday I had a long stretch of dedicated painting hours.
This is the magic photograph where suddenly things begin to look three-dimensional! That is because of the shadows on the porch floor. Other additions: a quinacridone gold layer on the... furniture to tone down the red. Some deeper shadows on the ceiling, more gold to smooth out the brown on the arches.
But we are far from done! One shadow is too dark. With a little luck and judicious application of a watery brush, I may be able to lighten it. After that, the masque comes off and the painting will look funny and unfinished again! Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art
Red on part of porch floor, first layer of color on ceiling. Lots of masque added, but it is yellow, so you can't see it! A little more color on fountain pond. Brownish layer on the arches and columns, and some shadows to make the distant mountains more interesting.
-Kokopelli on hanging lamp: gonna need to masque that to protect it!
-Watery ocher over arches, furniture and grey floor
-Blue-ish masque over pool rim plus the places on the arch and furniture where the sun is brightest
-Blue masque tip clogged, so yellow masque on edges of fountain where the sun hits it.
-Grey-blue inside pool and over edges down sides, onto pavement.
Lots more layers of color needed! Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art
If you search Nan Henke on facebook and choose the photo of me diving into a pool, instead of one you can recognise, you will get my fan page, where I am chronicaling the slow motions toward a comissioned watercolor painting that was won by Judy Perry at a Cibolo Creek Community Church LampLight missions event. Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art
So now a blog...
Work in Process: fawn in the woods. Really messed up the background, but rescued it with negative painting on top.
Next: Christmas card painting - top secret until after I mail them!
Then, Hawaii again, I hope. I don't mean going there, just pulling out another favorite photo, painting it and pretending I AM there! Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art
After almost 20 years of Industrial Engineering, I decided to try to align my life with my values and priorities. Now I am an artist, part time ranch worker and part time church staff (strategic planning). That leaves almost no time for housekeeping, which is fine with me and my dust allergy!
My art business is called Texas Hill Country Art, and I mostly paint Texas wildflowers, landscapes, animals and such. I often paint commissions of people's favorite vacation photos.
Watercolor and acrylic paintings are also available in a greeting card format. ACEOs (baseball card sized paintings) are sometimes studies for my big paintings and sometimes just silliness, like my Ballerinas in Trouble series.