February Art Show!

The Distance, watercolor by Rachel Murphree

The Distance.  Watercolor by Rachel Murphree, framed to 11″ x 14″.  $125.

I am pleased to announce that I have two pieces juried into the “For the Love of Art” show in Las Cruces at MAS Art, 126 South Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001.  The show opening is February 5th from 5-7 pm.  If you are local, it would be great to see you there!

The Distance was actually done during the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge I did in September.  You can read about the process from my blog post at that time.

Agave Shadows #1 Watercolor painting by Rachel Murphree

Agave Shadows #1, done mostly dry on wet. Framed to 12″ x 16″  $125.

The other is Agave Shadows #1 which I did earlier last year.  You can read about the process at this post. 

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darker foreground shape

And here is the painted value sketch amended from yesterday.   I realized that I didn’t have the value of the foreground prickly pear dark enough, so I added another layer of color.

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lighter foreground shape

You can’t always judge the value of items from a photograph, but I think in this case the dark value of the front is appropriate because it is in shade, and it reinforces the brightness of the sunlit area by the wall.

I think it works better.  What do you think?  I think tomorrow I will do a value sketch with using just one pigment to focus on values and not play with the color.


25 thoughts on “February Art Show!

  1. Congratulations! Both of these are really wonderful! I love the warm golden light in the first one, and the cool purple shadows are so nice in the second! Awesome! I like the first one better, you had some interesting color variations happening.

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  2. Rachel

    Congrats on your entries and I really like both!

    On your value sketch…have you thought about anchoring the branch into the ground? It is such a dominant shape and it doesn’t really connect with the other shapes. Just a thought since you are still playing with it.


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  3. Congratulations! Such great work. On the latest – I can’t decide. Of course the camera is seeing the two versions differently, but in the lighter foreground photo, the tree seems to be the dominant focus and I like its shape. So I dither between the two.


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