Two steps forward, one step back

Sky Pads #18 is waiting while its base layer of poured paint is getting good and dry. In the meantime, I’m working on the drawing, waiting for the paint on the framing material for #17 to dry, and took the opportunity to spend a bunch of time adjusting lights and camera settings and doing some photo editing to get a good shot of this finished version of #17.

Here’s the way it looked a couple of weeks ago when I took this photo outside on a fairly  dark overcast day–

Sky Pads 17, part 2. The actual painting was never this green or this dark. Nor were the blues such a rich blue.


And how it looks now–just goes to show how misleading a photo taken in less than optimal light can be.

Final photo with a good camera and some help from Photoshop.This final version shows the reds more prominently and lets the subtleness of the color blends come through.

The Sky Pads series is going to get another exhibit opportunity at the end of August. I was accepted to show at Taste of the Gardens, which is an outdoor event featuring music, food, and fine arts and crafts at Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana. It’s the perfect place to set up my tent and find a captive audience who by definition are interested in natural landscapes and gardens. The other consideration for me is that there will be  purchase awards–and as luck would have it there are a lot of water lilies on the grounds. Maybe whoever decides the awards will see a connection…

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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4 Responses to Two steps forward, one step back

  1. Jean Fargo says:

    Alli, I just love this series and how you’ve let it evolve.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Alli Farkas says:

    Thanks Jean! I’ve learned that one of the most valuable aspects of working in a series is the artistic experience you get by letting things happen and then going with them instead of rejecting them. It really teaches you to experiment. Of course there is an opposite hazard to doing a series too—getting so good at a particular style that you get stuck in it and can’t let go!


  3. jofox2108 says:

    Wow – that really makes a difference!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pingback: I won something… and it wasn’t a raffle | Alli Farkas Artist Adventures

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