Friday, June 29, 2012

Finished on Friday Doubled

Finished two paintings for today. Don't get too excited, things could turn around again any minute.

Today I found the time to finish the painting of the little Greek church and when I was done I quickly turned my attention to my old photos from last summer.

There is something very appealing about the Greek countryside and the sea that I cannot resist. But I find I don't feel too free when painting from photos I've taken there. I never seem to be happy about the compositions. Maybe I just really need to be there in person. This work feels stiff to me.

Inlet Church ©2012 Dora Sislian Themelis
9x12 Watercolor Arches cold press paper

Then there are the photos I took last spring and summer of the vegetables, sunflowers and my garden then make me feel very comfortable when painting from them. I am not so sure why.

This second work was pushed out soon as I finished the Greece landscape. Feeling the need to paint something different right away, I grabbed this photo, cropped the area I wanted to work with, and headed straight to paint. No pencil drawing, just paint sketching. Maybe a little longer than twenty minutes?

Garden ©2012 Dora Sislian Themelis
9x12 Watercolor, Arches cold press paper
I worked until I felt that I should stop. Much of this work was wet, but I pushed on, only waiting until it dried just enough to continue. Again, I tried to keep the water to a minimum.

Leaving out extra stuff, ignoring other things, just adding detail where I wanted to point out some things and that was it.

This work doesn't feel as stiff as the previous painting. Maybe it's me, but it feels so much better.


  1. i love that blue in your Greek painting. liking the garden painting too.... without pencil is a real challenge!

    1. Thank you Jenny! Sometimes I box myself in when I sketch with pencil and I paint too tight.

  2. I've just found your blog and I've been wondering around some of your pages. I really like your tidy impressionistic style. I know I can learn a lot from looking at your paintings to make my loose style a lot more polished. Thanks for sharing your work. Laura x

    1. Welcome Laura! Thanks for taking time to comment with your lovely compliments.


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