Swampland Continued

This week I am attending a hackfest held by Microsoft so my painting time will be very limited. One day down of a week event and its been a heck of a lot of fun so far.

What progress I did make is below. I am trying a different technique to draw more details into my landscapes so its taking a lot more time but its worth it I feel.

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Swampland and Mountain Stages

I started the blocking in for a new painting, this one is a swampland scene and finished my spring mountain painting. Overall I have been watching a lot of videos once again and found a bit of a boost in my skill level for some finer detailed works. Lots and lots to learn, every time I think i have a basic set I see how far I have to go!

Still that is the fun of the journey, as I have often said.

Swampland:

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and the finished Mountain in Spring, from blocking details to finish.

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Working Along

I have been pottering about with my painting, spending a lot of time online watching skillful people produce amazing work and trying to learn, not get despondent over their place on the journey compared to mine 😀

I am taking a lot longer to finish this but the theme is coming together nicely now.  I hope to produce a lot more over the week as the weekend did not turn out the best for painting.

My old brushes were wearing out a bit so I managed to pick up a new larger round and a fine detailed one so I am very excited to get a chance to use these soon!

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A Moment of Calm

There is no natural disasters currently in our neighborhood, nothing threatening to burn us and thankfully no quakes – long may it continue!

In the quiet time in between the craziness I managed to finish a couple of paintings, the first was the WiP the second a very different style – so different that my phone couldnt actually cope with taking a picture of it – its actually no where as odd as in the photo – I might try some other styles like this one in a bit.

Wasteland

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New Landscape

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and current WiP

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WiP in Between Flames

Sometimes it feels like all around conspires to prevent me from having time to paint, often its just a conversation in my head that has such a strong “cannot” vibe that it erodes my creativity.

This last week its been fires, the hills above us and around us were alight with a serious blaze that had threatened the entire area. Although we spent a night sleeping in our clothes (shoes on) and car packed we were fortunately enough to avoid having to evacuate but the experience and stress left me low energy for the remaining week.

The WiP I posted last week was nicely in theme around head and wastelands (thanks fire!)

It does take me a lot longer to paint anyway, my standards are getting higher so its taking more time to complete things and prone to struggles more and more – its learning I know.

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Current WiP

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and some pictures of the fire out our back yard view

Fire closing (those are forested hills behind the smoke)

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Aftermath

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Fantastic job by many people to contain it after 5ish days battling.

Working Phone, Struggles of Painting

My s7 broke, the screen woke up one day and discovered that it would like to be full of burnt in app icons, was delightful – what also is delightful is that they decided that it had been tampered with because the insides were missing a tape strip (it hasn’t been but what a bit to be missing!) So I’m in the middle of arguing with Samsung repairs into getting it fixed.

in the mean time I have been using a backup iphone 5e which has taken a while to get the hang of but actually its kinda cool phone.

Perhaps because of the stress going on right now in my life I have found it really hard to get a good head-space to paint – I’m hitting a wall fairly hard and then just pushing against it until something appears.

So below is the one finished painting, the one I have on the go and 2 bonus paintings from my 4yo daughter who was painting along with me.

Storm Clearing:

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WiP

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Gab’s work:

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Quick Update

Was a long weekend here and I was away in the native bush for the majority of it – will have a blog update as soon as pictures are uploaded. Currently my normal phone is broken so I am having to have things emailed to me from my partners phone so things are running slowly.

 

Game wise I just finished patching Elderscrolls Online – hopefully after this monster patch the houses are worth it!