Picking Apples ~ Watercolor (WIP)

in art •  8 months ago

Thinking About Adam Smith

I am starting my second layer of paint. I will be fleshing out the forms and subjects of this painting with additional layers of colors, working from light to dark. Watercolor if not a hue is translucent and I love adding layers to change colors and add shadows rather than mixing the colors on my palette.

Today I will be working on lightening up the sky with some titanium white gouache. I used the wrong color of blue, French ultramarine, which has a greenish caste instead of cobalt blue and had to add cobalt blue and cerulean blue to the mix. The cobalt blue had a reddish caste and I had cerulean blue to neutralize the purple. I ended up with a very dark blue sky! I will go over the dry paint with light washings of opaque white gouache, which will give the sky a light baby blue color. I've done this before, I am absent minded so I have to be organized or I end up making messes!

The second layer of color on the horse is done. I will be giving the barn and surrounding trees depth and definition. The apple tree needs its branches, leaves and apples defined. Hopefully I can finish that and still work on two articles I am researching and taking notes.

Most of my life I have avoided writing because I have a learning disorder that goes with my spatial gifts. I have problems with and writing and math. Something to do with how I am wired. Writing articles feels like I am rewiring my brain. It's been painful and disorienting combine that with menopause and I remind myself of the absent minded professor who forgets to put his pants on when taking his morning walk. I think it was Adam Smith, he is one of my favorite historical figures. He also had trouble expressing himself just like me. When I am feeling down and throughly confused about my grammar and spelling, I read stories about Adam Smith's struggles and comfort myself I am not stupid just because I can't figure out my math and grammar.

Smith was an unlikely revolutionary. He came across as a serious, absent-minded, thoroughly likable man. He was a dedicated scholar all his life, amassing a library of some 3,000 volumes. He was often so preoccupied with ideas that he forgot what he was doing. Once, reportedly, he was giving a tour of a Glasgow tannery, and he absent-mindedly fell right into the tannery pit, from which his friends extricated him.

22 x 30 inches, 300lb cold press cotton paper, watercolor and gouache.

Working from an old memory, sketching a memory into form and finally creating a painting.

The Story Behind This Painting

Morgan Horse Association


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The best of what Adam Smith said

  • To empathize with others More than we sympathize with ourselves ,It is good for us, to restrain our selfishness and to raise our souls for perfection.

  • Nothing brings nations to the highest levels of wealth, Of the lowest levels of deterioration like peace Ease of taxation, applicable justice, and everything else will follow.

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Adam Smith is amazing but I disagree with his self interest/love theory and free markets. Ayn Rand had the same idea and Greenspan used it for monopolistic banking and corporate interest ruining the real markets people need to live their daily lives not just the stock market and the federal banking system (never forget to big to fail, 2008). You can see what self interest does to unregulated free markets on the trending page here on steemit. I do love his views on many things like leave the people alone when governments start getting involved and over regulating human behavior and economies.

is that really your painting .... ??

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My painting always look awful when I work on the second layer. hahaha

This painting will look totally different by the time I am done.

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when it's done. .. ??

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I don’t know😂😂😂

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hahaha lol. is very difficult. .. ??😁😁

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Not as difficult as writing about painting :P

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oh. that is easy. which is very difficult to thank to 1000 followers

a painting turns into colorish very much when it on second layer working, it appears infront of backgroud and i am learning from you.

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The colors will change as I work through the second layer. Hopefully those who follow my blog learn to never give up on themselves, keep on striving to learn and improve your skill sets. Thank you @sheikh27.

great painting
Do you start painting with a pen from a distance that you paint with color?

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This piece has no pen work, I sketched out the idea with pencil and will detail with gouache paint.

I was very curious about the final version of the work. I think a great work will be revealed. I wish healthy days.@reddust

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Every painting I start I doubt that it will turn out, sometimes the paintings just won't translate from idea to painting and I have to put the painting aside for a time. Sometimes years later I will get my unfinished work out and finish it.

I think this painting will turn out okay, thank you @turkishcrew!

My wife have a problem with writing down anything or in fact reading. The minute she bends down her head to write, your will see furrows appearing on her forehead and some other unexplainable expression, perhaps she is experiencing premature menopausal reverses 😀, her being just 30.
As for your painting, forgive, but it looks amateurish to me, however, it doesn't take away the fact that it was done with love. Well done.👌

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My painting is amateurish because I am a novice at painting. But no worries, at this stage all my paintings look like crap. It will look better and totally different when I am done.

Writing makes my brain hurt, but practice here on steemit is making it easier and meditation helps me deal with the frustration and pain. I've learned to let those feelings go. Thank you for your honest opinion, it is refreshing to say the least.

Adam Smith was born in a small village in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, where his widowed mother raised him. At age fourteen, as was the usual practice,
good work @reddust

adam.jpg

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For being a scholar and intellectual Adam Smith was a throughly likable guy! Maybe it was his Mom's influence ;-)

Hi red sorry but i can't understand how a person as you with the big talent to drawing has learning disorder, i mean people with talents to play music intrument or art skills have a brain super developed. Regards

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I couldn't read until 5th grade. The way public school taught subjects made no sense to me. I finally taught myself how to read and by the time I was in 6th grade I was reading at college level. I am sad to say the way I take in and process information does not fit into our modern system of education.

My son has the same learning disorder and he can build anything, from a house to a car...we are very spatial people...hahaha <3 thank you @dim753 I always have fun talking to you.

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Wow each person have their own talent to survive in this world. Regards

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Strange indeed and getting weirder as the years progress :p

I like the story behind every art piece that you make. It is not only Adam Smith who was struggling. We have our different struggles jn life.Some were struggling for survival, some for money to sustain a living and some were struggling for success or happiness. Everything is for our growth as a person and maturity. We just need forbearance, hardwork and resiliency to go on. 😊😊😊 Be strong! Everything happens for a reason.

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I've been homeless and have struggled for survival several times in my life. Actually being homeless is easier than writing for me...I am not kidding! It is painful and confusing but just like the times when I was down and out I picked myself up and kept on walking!

Thank you @theodora87 and have a lovely week, hopefully with lots of laughter and hugs.

Awesome @reddust !!!!!!!!! This is another very creatively thought up artwork.
Keep it up you did some really genius and mind bowling horse drawing photo.
I am wait to see your next post.

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I do love horses, they were my best friends growing up. Thank you @robert31

@reddust, I recommend you're the expert of water color painting. Beginners must follow your steps then surely can take nice imagine and can do drawing work in future. But patience must important for painting. Need to take much time. I read your totally your article and I feel valuable things indeed there. You painted awesomely on the layer. Then Horse and lady looking live in final production. Gorgeous productivity.

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Thinking about teaching anyone makes me laugh, I probably would teach my students all my bad habits...hahaha

Patience and strong determination are needed to do anything well in this world. Thank you for your kind thoughts @madushanka <3

Artistic work..thanks a lot for sharing it with us..

WOW! Cool concept and your art work really good and admirable. You always doing great work for this community. I read your posts many times and inspired by one of your posts which was about CAT and I also mentioned you in my post which was about Cat photography but you didn't look at.

BTW, many congrats for 70 Reputation score. :)

excellent art.your writing is appreciate.

Keep your spirit and move on, i like your story, thanks for sharing to us, i have upvote and resteem your post to more than 1150 my follower, greeting friendship from me @abialfatih in aceh indonesia

Thanks for sharing your experience with us keep sharing like this and keep your efforts like this u are always good performance art working.
Go ahead !!
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You are very talented, it is amazing how well you paint! Congratulations have a nice day♥

Very good art work my friend .. and the painting is very good my friend @reddust

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You are welcome

really awesome. you are indeed very special. a natural born artist. your style is very unique. regards!

Excellent work great mind to draw this keep it up you are very creative

@reddust,
How many layers you are willing to add there? Shall I guess? I think 4 layers! AT this layer #2 I could see a lot detailed artwork! Amazing, yeah pretty amazing work you are doing my dear friend!

Cheers~

Wow prefect artwork and great job . it is great article.
Thanks @reddust
Have a great day

Well hope you get to complete it in a great way ;)

Will be looking forward for the completion of the Picking Apples ;)

The lady on the ladder artwork seems pretty nicely done by you !

@reddust..........wow,,wow,,wow,,what a creation........just amazing.......and wonderful thought,,,,,,,,how could you do that......really you have the magic power,,,that you apply perfectly......i wish all the best........

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Wow, wow, wow....hahaha, thank you @abontikazaman

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i love the thing that you show the process of the drawing this looks really nice and the horse looks pretty cool

@reddust .... I am very excited to see your final art work.... your color mixing process is excellent... keep it up.... all the best..

You are really great. All this wonderful creativity. You have to be one of the best artists in the world
It 's hard to see such creativity @reddust

Honestly my favorite part has to be the detail in the actual horse. You can practically see all the strong muscle areas like you would a real horse!

The beautiful creativity has only a little focus, and the silence of the painting as you imagine it is amazing. My master is very fitting. My blood is sparkling

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You make me giggle like a little girl when you comment on your sparkling blood...hahaha

Thank you @hamidaitlahcen

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My goal is to make you happy Madam haha

Very nice art reddust.

wow so beautiful art.......

@ghiyats ... very interesting with post @ reddust ....

Absolutely beautiful and amazing paint

i will always support you man!