Wondering about wild grapes

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wondering how I can do better

I want to thank all of you who left such kind comments on my blog yesterday. I really am glad that you all liked my try at art work, but let me tell you what I don’t like and what I would like to learn. I did get some critique from my wife and from a friend.

The friend commented, “The stucco on the adobe blocks is too monotone. It needs some value variation to give the stucco depth.” I totally agree. I am sure that I will do other paintings of the Terlingua area and will remember my friend’s suggestion.

My wife stated that the adobe blocks looked to perfect and more like cement blocks. I agree with her also. It is hard to unlearn engineering drafting skills (grin). I tried and tried when I first started the painting to show the old ruin made out of stone like the one I was using as a model. I just could not get them to look like stones, so switched them to adobe blocks. That is something that I am going to work on. Will just have to get an old piece of cardboard and keep painting stones until I get it right. May never be able to do it right, but am going to try.

Although the painting didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted it, I too think that it was not as bad as some of my other paintings.

Speaking of older paintings, you can take a look at the links below to see if I have progressed any.



Well, this is supposed to be the end of the cold spell. We will have highs in the 70’s for the next seven days and maybe even warmer at the end of next week. Took awhile to shake off “Old Man Winter” this year. In fact, it was down to 26 degrees when I got up this morning and it is suppose to get to the 70’s today. Wow, that is big jump in temperatures, don’t you think?

You all have a good weekend, you hear. . .


  1. You are a very good painter. When I try to paint I like water colors as it is more forgiving. Van Gogh's Starry Night is my all time favorite and I do love looking at the stars here in the desert. I am also happy for the warmer weather.

  2. Again I say Dizzy, If YOU like it, then go with it. Don't get drug off in another direction from comments , cause they don't know what YOU are trying to do or what YOU are seeing.

  3. I think that only the person doing the artwork truly knows how it is and when it's done!

    My personal opinion is that it's pretty good! The main thing is if you enjoy doing it!

  4. Frann, you know I like the night sky, with or without my telescopes. By the way, I believe that oil painting is the easiest, acrylics next, and water colors the hardest to do.

    Ben, I am my worst own critique. I know that my painting is not what I wanted it to be. I hope to be learning for a long time.

  5. Hermit, you are so right. That one was done, but I could have done a lot better, that is why there is always a "next time". And, yes, I do enjoy it, but sometimes I get frustrated with myself.

  6. I liked the painting,but it's your creation so what makes you happy, is in the end what really matters. I am going to look at some more of them.Blessings jane

  7. Jane, Thanks Jane. Yes, and I do believe it could have been better. But if I ever do a perfect one, then that is when I would have to quit.