My Original Artwork-in-Progress (Update 2) ~ A Medieval Fair

This is my second update about my Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ A Medieval Fair (18″ x 24″), and I’m happy with how it’s unfolding so far.  I continued the theme of trying to create a softer distance impression in the background from the sky down through the mountains and forests, allowing them to fade into a fog shrouded dreamscape.  My plan is to make the castle and foreground the primary focus of the painting, while letting the background fade into the distance.

I enjoy the fact that paintings take on a life of their own during the process of painting them, as I have little idea at the start as to how the painting will unfold ~ even after sketching it out at the beginning. A good example of this, are the castle’s three giant doors or gates, as they each lead into a different level of the fortress.  In the beginning, I hadn’t even considered creating two visible upper gates, thinking the space was simply part of an elaborate main gate construct.  Now I think of each gate individually as a magic door.

The outer castle gate and door represents ‘earth’ and has the outline of mountains inscribed upon it.  The middle door represents ‘nature’ and has the silhouette of a tree outlined on it.  The upper door represents the ‘sky’ with ornate hinges, tying into the castle’s stained glass windows in the upper level.  In addition, the three castle walls grow lighter in shade with each level, with the white walls of the upper level of the castle representing the Medieval chivalrous notion of ‘truth, purity and light.’  So in essence, each painting develops a story during the process of painting it, never imagined by the artist at the beginning of the process.

Next I turn my attention to the Medieval Fair, with the jousting tournament, colorful tents and people in the foreground ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

'A Medieval Fair' (18" x 24") ~ (Copyright 2017, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

‘A Medieval Fair’ (18″ x 24″) ~ (Copyright 2017, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork ~ Castle Hamlet

Yesterday I finished My Original Artwork ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″) before the year was over, as this was my final painting for 2016.  I’m pleased with the results and the process of learning new techniques along the way during the course of painting this piece.  It’s also another addition to my Cottage Series of paintings ~ one of my favorite subject areas, along with castles.

I had wanted to add villagers to this painting, but once I took a good look it wasn’t suitable for the composition, so I’ll work townspeople into my next painting from the very beginning.  Speaking of castles, villagers and townspeople, I’ve started researching my next painting which I’ll call ‘A Medieval Fair’ ~ so stay tuned! 🙂

My Original Artwork ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″)

(Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

Castle Hamlet (18" x 24") ~ (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″) ~ (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-in-Progress (Update 3) ~ Castle Hamlet

This is the third update on my Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″), as I’ve completed much of the background and now it’s time to fill in the details.  Everything’s always in the details…

Much of what I’ve finished to date only serves as backdrop to the details that follow.  The issue at this point is that I don’t know what many of the details are, so they will be as new to me as they are to you once the painting’s done.  I sort of make it up as I go along, which is why I like serializing my paintings, because it allows me to try to grasp the big picture and figure out what will follow.

I considered placing a Medieval Fair in the distant green space in front of the forest, but realized I didn’t have enough room and the details would be too small, so I think that will be the subject of my next painting that I’ll call ‘A Medieval Fair.’  Much of life seems to happen that way, by coincidence, circumstance, and accident ~ as opposed to planning ~ because life’s too complicated to have all the details sorted out ahead of time.

My next goal is to finish the bridge and the fronts of the cottages, and then see how everything develops from there ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″)

(Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18" x 24") ~ (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Castle Hamlet (18″ x 24″) ~ (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork ~ Alpine Hamlet (11″ x 14″)

I’ve finally completed My Original Artwork ~ Alpine Hamlet (11″ x 14″) acrylic on canvas painting.  I modeled the mountain backdrop after Austria’s Sonnenspitze mountain, and created an imaginary, idyllic Alpine Hamlet for the foreground.  I really do enjoy painting wintertime scenes, especially fir trees covered in snow ~ and this painting was fun and challenging for me to do!

With each new painting I try to branch out and explore new scenes and techniques, trying things I haven’t attempted before ~ and I’m having fun doing it ~ enjoy! 🙂

My Original Artwork ~ Alpine Hamlet (11″ x 14″)

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My Original Artwork-in-Progress (Update 5) ~ Alpine Hamlet

This is the fifth update of my Artwork-in-Progress ~ Alpine Hamlet (11″ x 14″) acrylic on canvas painting.  I’ve now finished the intermediate forest between the Sonnenspitze mountain and the Alpine Hamlet in the foreground, which I’ll work on next.  I enjoy painting wintertime scenes, especially fir trees covered in snow ~ and this painting’s kept me busy so far! 🙂

As the scene unfolds in front of me, I find it reveals details I’d never considered in my imagination at the beginning of the process.  My first idea, was the intermediate forest would be solid trees between the Sonnenspitze and the hamlet.  As it turned out, there’s a frozen stream down in the valley, and the trees share an open space that I hope gives a sense of depth between the hamlet and the Alpine Peaks ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Artwork-in-Progress ~ Alpine Hamlet (11″ x 14″)

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Artwork-in-Progress ~ Alpine Hamlet (11" x 14") ~ (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

Artwork-in-Progress ~ Alpine Hamlet (11″ x 14″) ~ (Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

My Original Artwork-in-Progress (Update 6) ~ Salzburg, Österreich or Salzburg, Austria

Yesterday we rearranged our living room, and I moved my easel into our dining room for a change, giving us a different perspective of my current Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Salzburg, Österreich or Salzburg, Austria (11″ x 14″).  I’m in the final stages of completing this painting, and my wife decided to photograph it in its new setting because the light was good.

I’m halfway towards completing the stretch of row houses along the Salzach River that flows through Salzburg, Austria, and still need to add in the details of the houses and street scene.  I’ve decided to create a Christmastime setting as I love Christmas, so I’m adding in tasteful holiday decorations as I go along, like red bows on the streetlamps.

I’m enjoying using a bit of artistic license in the end stages of this painting, as I create and decorate the idyllic street scene running alongside the historic center of Salzburg ~ and I hope to finish up in a week or so ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

‘Salzburg, Österreich’ ~ Work-in-Progress

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My Original Artwork-in-Progress (Update 3) ~ Salzburg, Österreich or Salzburg, Austria

This is my third update serializing the progress of my current Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ ‘Salzburg, Österreich or Salzburg, Austria’  (11″ x 14″).  I enjoy the process of painting as much as the finished result, from the concept and design phase through the entire completed project.  For many years my artwork desires lay dormant, while I turned my attention towards the necessities of real life, but now that I’m retired I’m back in the saddle again ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

‘Salzburg, Österreich’ ~ Work-in-Progress

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My Original Artwork-in-Progress (Update 2) ~ Salzburg, Österreich or Salzburg, Austria

This is my second update about my current Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ ‘Salzburg, Österreich or Salzburg, Austria.’  I enjoy serializing the progress of how my paintings slowly develop, because the process helps bring a painting to life over the seasons of its evolution.

I’ll paint one more smaller 11″ x 14″ canvas like my current work-in-progress, and then I’ll return to my favorite 18″ x 36″ size to focus more on larger city profile projects in the future.  My current work-in-progress is called ‘Salzburg, Österreich’ (11″ x 14″) – using the German spelling for Salzburg, Austria.  I’ll share updates of my painting progress with you from time-to-time, to show how this painting develops ~ enjoy! ☼:)

‘Salzburg, Österreich’ ~ Work-in-Progress

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‘Salzburg, Österreich’ or Salzburg, Austria ~ Work-in-Progress

‘Salzburg, Österreich’ or Salzburg, Austria ~ Work-in-Progress

My Original Artwork-in-Progress ~ Salzburg, Österreich or Salzburg, Austria

After a pause in painting art, to paint our house and do some landscaping in the yard over the past few months, I’ve set up a new art studio in our home and started painting again!  I very much enjoy composing and painting images I love, and now that I have a new standing drafting table, I can immerse myself in my art once again! 🙂 My favorite compositions are based on city profiles, where there are distinctive buildings, landscape features and profiles that I can incorporate into my paintings.

I have two smaller 11″ x 14″ canvasses to use at the moment, and then I’ll return to my favorite 18″ x 36″ size to focus more on larger projects in the future.  My current work-in-progress is called ‘Salzburg, Österreich’ (11″ x 14″) – using the German spelling for Salzburg, Austria.  I’ll share updates of my painting progress with you from time-to-time, to show how this painting develops ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

‘Salzburg, Österreich’ ~ Work-in-Progress

(Copyright 2016, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

'Salzburg, Österreich' or Salzburg, Austria ~ Work-in-Progress

‘Salzburg, Österreich’ or Salzburg, Austria ~ Work-in-Progress