Something Shadowed

I’m loving David Bellamy’s watercolors. For me, it’s exciting to work with a very limited palette, and so on Sunday morning I created this mountain scene before we left to visit my sister. Quick update: She’s still very sick, and we don’t know the cause yet.

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I did this mostly as a practice piece to work on shading. I was happy with it at first, and then I started tweaking it, and I finally tweaked it too much. As a result I’m not all that happy with the final results, but it serves as a good reminder to finish a painting and then walk away.

In the future, I’d like to do more mountain peaks and work more on shading. This was a good start.


    1. Thanks, Dawn. Last year she was on hospice care for a while but made a strong recovery and is able to live in an assisted living community now. Not sure what’s causing this sudden setback. 😦 Hope we get a few answers today.

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  1. Oh how so many of us – I know me!!! – can relate to that “tweaking” TOO FAR! Dagnabit – sometimes it is so hard to stop! This has a nice feel to it, though, Judith. Peaceful and serene. And it feels kinda cool and this day that is to hit the 90s here in Mars. Hope you get things figured out with your sister. Such challenging times.

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    1. Thanks, Jodi. I’m hoping I can stay home today to take care of business here and then make the drive to St. Joseph tomorrow. So much going on! I need a chance to catch my breath.

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  2. I hope your sister is being given a lot of care and a hand to hold on if she feels afraid. Still claiming she will heal and recover.

    Tweaking is a tricky thing to do but I admire you for doing it. It may over done by your perspective but in mine it is not. Though you really have to follow what your heart says. Its a great start and I look forward to more mountain peaks.


    1. Thanks, Carrie. After tests on my sister yesterday, she was taken in to surgery last night. I’m praying she will feel better this morning and be on the road to recovery. Your good thoughts are so appreciated!

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      1. I hope surgery went well and results are positive to recovery. Your sister and you are in my prayers,Judith. I know how difficult to have someone in the family so ill. Sending warm hugs and tons of prayers.

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  3. I know the feeling. It always feels like a painting isn’t finished until you take a step back and realise you’ve overdone it. I really admire the restraint minimalist artists have. Still, your painting is really cool. And, yes! More mountain paintings of mountain peaks! 🙂

    All the best thoughts to you and your family!

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  4. I really like this!!!
    it has a lovely feel to it. and ‘tweaking’ and monkeying about sure can get us into trouble, lol 🙂 but, this, does not look overdone at all. its nice and light and airy!!! cheers, Debi

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