Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Work in Progress

Hi Everyone,

I'm sharing my work in progress with you.  I was hoping to be further along, but you know sometimes life just happens.  My weekend and week has been full of getting ready for school, a little boy that does not want to sleep, and a husband getting ready for a deployment.  It's a tad stressful and full of emotion at our house.  I'm sure you can all identify with having to juggle it all.
work in progress 23.5 x 32
Here is the beginning stages of my newest painting.  I don't have a title yet, I'm really hoping you all will help with this.  It may be early but please if anything strikes you let me know. 

I thought I'd share a little of the process.  I'm using Daniel Smith Lamp Black for the darkest areas, DS Payne's gray, Quinacridone gold, deep gold , burnt sienna, and undersea green Schmincke ultramarine blue and turquoise for my palette so far.  In the above step I've started layering in the undertones.  Payne's gray, ultramarine blue and undersea green are used on the lid.  I'm layering in the other palette colors on the jar.

In this step I'm just layering some more darkening my colors.

Here is more of the jar. I'm starting to lay in the veining of marble here.  And changing a dirty diaper, stopping a fight, letting the dog out, answering the door, cleaning up spilled juice, you know all that stuff that Monet, Rembrandt and O'Keefe had to put up with:)

So here is as far as I've gotten.  I'll post again on Friday:)

Have a great rest of the week everyone,



  1. Carrie, as I see the beginning of your work, I can say it will be a great watercolor. I am always surprised to see how you use dark places in your composition. I can't do it... Bises.

  2. Looking great, Carrie. I don't know how you do it all! Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Oh boy sounds like you've got a busy life! I feel your pain (and the joy's too) sista!

    Seriously Carrie, I am UNBEARABLY excited to see you finish this! I LOVE paintings with mason jars, they remind me of my mom and grandma so much and this one looks like it will be a showstopper. Good luck fitting some painting time in!

  4. This looks very promising. I've never tried painting glass but it looks like you're a pro. Hopefully you'll get time to finish this soon as I'd love to see how it turns out.

  5. Carrie, I agree with Crystal that this will undoubtedly be a show stopper! It will be a complex work to paint, but you are so great with glass and reflections! I hope that you will be posting more progress pictures!

  6. Carrie, what a treat to see your work in progress. I am in awe at your approach....I could never do that,I have absolutely no patience and way too much ADD here. Can't wait to see this fantastic piece finished!

  7. What fun to see your process...I learned a lot just by seeing how you work in the stages. This one is going to be fabulous! Will put my southern thinking cap on for a title!

  8. Looks great, even at this early stage. I was wondering - did you ever study art?

  9. I LOVE that you are showing a step by step of this! Will there be more of the process? It looks like you shade lightly in pencil and then paint over the pencil. Is that right?
    And by the way, I can totally relate when it comes to juggling motherhood and wifeliness with your urge to paint! It's a struggle isn't it? :0)

  10. I will be sharing more of the process. I'll post my progress tomorrow. It's slow going right now, my 2 year old has a Summer cold, poor guy:( Sandra, I lay in the shapes with pencil. The areas that are the shaded areas are the darks and won't be seen after the paint goes on. These mason jars are like a puzzle of abstract shapes and colors and I layed in all of the areas so that I wouldn't get confused. Thanks everyone for stopping by:)