Now back to unfinished work.
Awhile ago I showed you the sketch for a commission I am working on. I put it aside to work on a few other things, but I thought you might be interested in seeing the progress - slow but sure.
Besides, whether you are interested or not - it makes me feel accountable to think someone MIGHT be watching.

The owners of the cottage think it feels a little menacing, hovering up on that hill, so I have changed the horizon line a little to bring our viewpoint up. I wanted to keep the hill - just not quite as steep.

Another Finished Painting!
This is a View of The Straits from Mackinac Island. It's a half sheet (15 X 22) watercolor.

Finally - I have something to post! I have just finished this half sheet watercolor.

I worked from photographs, a watercolor journal sketch, and then a pencil sketch to work out the values (lights and darks) and the composition.

I thought you might be interested in seeing these, so I posted them also. As you may be able to see from the photograph, I made quite a departure from the original scene. Well, maybe not so much from the scene as the overall mood. I took the photo and did the journal painting in the evening because I was very attracted to the lighting and the "feel" of the place at that time of day. However when I began to work on the sketch for the final painting, I really started thinking summer - just really didn't want to let it go yet, I guess, and I wanted to show more water. Maybe someday I will do it again and try to capture the evening mood of it, but for now I am very happy with the sunshine and blue-green water of a summer afternoon.