The second is the windmill from 2 days ago. Ugh. I guess I'm setting myself up for disappointment when I try to paint something detailed and small using a medium I'm not experienced with using. With pastels, it would have been much easier to control the lines for making the blades on the windmill. Here, well...you'll see.
I'm out of the gessoed boards I made, so I'm off to the art store to pick up some small canvas panels. We'll see if painting on those is any better/worse.
Church Rock study - #5
oil on canvas paper
Since this was just a study, no thought was given to composition, so there it is - right in the center of the paper. I was really interested in playing around a bit with the subtle mauves and grays, along with the shadows, in the structure itself. I really didn't want to spend much more time on it, but it does look a little better than it did after the first session.
Desert water - #6
oil on gessoed card
Windmills are a common occurrence in arid climates such as the Colorado Plateau; they are often the only source of water for miles. I'm not sure if this is still actively collecting water or not; the tank itself had a range of colors from the metal and rust, and some graffiti that I wasn't going to attempt to paint. Despite how unimpressive this small painting turned out, I could see doing a larger, more detailed painting of the same subject later. The dark red cliffs in the background open up to Monument Valley.