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Sunset on Lil Lon by litka Sunset on Lil Lon :iconlitka:litka 14 5 Sunrise on Lil Lon by litka Sunrise on Lil Lon :iconlitka:litka 15 8 The Sea from Seaview House by litka The Sea from Seaview House :iconlitka:litka 12 10 Sunset, Fey Lon Harbor by litka Sunset, Fey Lon Harbor :iconlitka:litka 39 7 Tropic Island Sunset by litka Tropic Island Sunset :iconlitka:litka 14 10 Fey Lon Anchorage by litka Fey Lon Anchorage :iconlitka:litka 19 7 Field and Forest by litka Field and Forest :iconlitka:litka 21 7 Afternoon in Grove Square by litka Afternoon in Grove Square :iconlitka:litka 79 6 Abbey Rd 2 by litka Abbey Rd 2 :iconlitka:litka 68 5 The Reed Bank by litka The Reed Bank :iconlitka:litka 22 14 Rain by litka Rain :iconlitka:litka 17 7 Autumn Evening Road by litka Autumn Evening Road :iconlitka:litka 27 11 The Wide Valley by litka The Wide Valley :iconlitka:litka 22 8 Another Rainy Afternoon in Pangone by litka Another Rainy Afternoon in Pangone :iconlitka:litka 19 11 Another Morning by litka Another Morning :iconlitka:litka 94 5 Forest Road by litka Forest Road :iconlitka:litka 9 7

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Sunset on Lil Lon
18x24" 45x60 cm acrylic on hardboard

I usually have a good sense of direction, but this made-up place constantly confuses me. (Waverley always completely turned me around back in the day when I was touring Great Britian on a BritRail Pass. I'm certain I found myself heading north instead of to London at least once... But then, it didn't matter because I could take a train to anywhere...) Anyway, back to this painting. Maybe what confuses me is that I set the island in the southern hemisphere, and the big island is north of Lil Lon. In the last painting I had the "setting" sun light coming from the right -- which is wrong if you're facing north, so I had to change the name of it to match the "facts." As a matter of fact, I usually paint facing north, sunrise on the right, sunset on the left and the sun behind me.

As for this painting, it is somewhat of a return to my older style, but I still did not pay much, if any, attention to details, and used downward strokes almost exclusively. I've not settled on any one way to paint, but I do want to use all those paints I never use...
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Sunrise on Lil Lon
18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard

Still in the Tropic Sea, this time, like the last painting, on the small, imaginary, island of Lil Lon, that I had pictured as the backdrop of  two of my previous harbor paintings. The harbor is between this island and the distant peaks of Fey Lon Island, seen here in the distance. Two paintings in two days. Wow. On a roll, or maybe just working ahead...
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The Sea from Seaview House
18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard

I think I can make the last piece work for my book cover, so I can take off my commercial art hat (That's a joke,son) and get back to pure art, just for the heck of it. With this piece I'm back to my "suggestive" style of landscapes. In addition to not trying too hard (i.e. hardly at all) to paint a scene, I'm looking to paint with a lot more and brighter colors these days. Because, why not? And because, though I have my cover, I'm still feeling like painting the fictional Tropic Sea islands of the story I'm working on. So this is a "scene" from a locale on the island of my last painting -- the sea seen from the upper veranda of a house on a steep hillside.  
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Sunset, Fey Lon Harbor
18x24" 45x60 cm acrylic on hardboard

I toned down the more speckled brushwork of the last two pieces, and dialed back the abstractness a bit, as well, with this piece -- mostly because I am still in my "commercial art mode." I am still looking to produce a painting to use on the cover art of my next book. This one uses the same fictional scene as my previous painting Fey Lon Anchorage. This time around I was going for a lot of color and a "tropical" feel for this piece as well. I'll have to work up a quick cover to see how this looks.
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Tropic Island Sunset
18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard

I tried using this technique on a smaller scale scene, but it was just to confusing to work, so I'll stick with more panoramic scenes. As before, I'm working ahead to a cover, hence the subject and composition.
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For the last month or so, I’ve been working on a new project – creating paper editions of my stories. I thought that they might make nice gifts for the people who have helped and encouraged me in my writing. I don’t expect to actually sell any – they get rather pricey after everyone gets their cut, and my ebook versions are (mostly) free. However, I’m old enough to appreciate books which are real, physical, living things, so they are nice to have at hand. My four books now sit next to my desk, so that I can glance over, read my name on their spines and say to myself, “Hey, I did it – something I always wanted to do. Finally.”


The nice thing is that these days you don’t end up spending a small fortune to fill up your garage with unsold books. You only pay for the books you want to buy for yourself at the cost of printing them. Plus, it costs nothing to get them set-up for printing, if you can do all the set-up work yourself, as I did, so that it is a very affordable option.


Having learned how use LibreOffice to set up my ebooks for Smashwords and Amazon, setting up the books for print was not too different. There were extra steps, custom pages sizes, and margins, etc) but the instructions are pretty clear. Still, it was a bit of a learning experience – some of my earliest stories were written on an old version of either OpenOffice or LibreOffice on a Mac, which did not play well with my current version of LibreOffice on Windows, but in the end, I found a work around for the problem. And then, after getting proof copies and paging through them, all the missing commas, words, typos, & such that I missed in the first six times I read them on screen, just popped out at me in print – so I had to read them again in print and fix’em. Hopefully, I caught them all. (Yeah, right) So, as I said, it’s been a month long project. However, should I ever write another book, I think it should flow much smoother. Indeed, I’ll set up a paper copy just for proofreading purposes.


So now, my books A Summer in Amber, Some Day Days, The Bright Black Sea, and The Lost Star’s Sea by C. Litka are available in both print, or as ebooks – wherever fine books are sold online. The ebooks versions are free, except that outside the US, where Amazon does charge for most of them.

What do they look like? Here are photos;  clitkabooks.blogspot.com/2017/…

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Chotacabras Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2018
Hello...

A new group has started its journey in DeviantArt ... The group is called :icontraditional-masters: Traditional-Masters and is a group for traditional artists who want to publicize their works and know the works of other traditional artists .. 
At the moment we are very few because it has just opened the group, but without a doubt we will grow and we will form a great community ... It would be an honor to have your presence in the group ... If you are interested, please sign up and you will be welcome...

Regards ... Hi! :icontraditional-masters:
                      Traditional-Masters
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litka Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2018
Thanks for the invite.
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Chotacabras Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2018
You are welcome... :wave:
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Chotacabras Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018
Really beautiful gallery ... :love:
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litka Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
Thank you for looking in and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated.
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Chotacabras Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
You are welcome... :wave:
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valkea Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your impressionistic acrylic stuff! Heart 

(actually not so different to my own)
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litka Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018
Thank you for your comment. I enjoyed your paintings and I'm impressed with their variety of ideas as well. Variety has never been my strong suite -- anything other than landscapes are "art projects" rather than, well, art for me. 
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valkea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, thanks for having a look! My girlfriend of 6-7 months said the same thing: wow, you’ve got such a variety of styles. I guess it’s partly, because I am a long-time hobbyist, who does not have a huge amount of time, and they painted over several years. When you browse through 15 years of development it will come across as pretty varied!

Art projects, huh? Well, the landscapes are the thing that really stands out as your best for me :)
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litka Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
And that is what I am, a landscape painter.
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