Friday, June 16, 2006

A Finished Painting



Here's the finished version of the painting I showed below. The inspiration for this came from a 1920 oil on canvas work by E.C. Fortune called Hatton Ranch, which is at the Monterey Museum of Art.

2 comments:

Lesly said...

Hi Steven - thank you for stopping by my blog and saying hallo. I am returning the compliment! I like your paintings very much ... i am presuming that they are watercolours? I love the colours you use and the atmosphere you achieve. ... a great sense of distance, heat and big, big landscape. Not so easy to do, either. I will call in again.

Steven Givler said...

Lesly,

Thanks for stopping by, and for the kind words.

Yes, these are all watercolors, or, if you prefer, watercolours.

Who was it that said the English and the Americans are held apart by a common language?

Luckily, when I began painting 3 years ago, nobody told me that watercolor is difficult, so I painted happily away. I only started painting because my wife secretly packed a set of watercolors in my gear when I first deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom. When I unpacked I found the paints and a note saying, "You'll probably get into trouble when you're not flying if you don't have something to keep you occupied; give this a try."

I've been giving it a try every day since.

Thanks again,

Steven