New painting in process. Last month I did a Chinese Karst hills scene in a 3 x 4 ft format. This is 2 x 3 feet which makes for easier handling and I have found a plywood from China that is thin, light, very strong and is perfect for this size painting. Shop at Lowe's- 4 x 8 piece --3 cuts and you have four 2x 3 foot panels plus two 2 x 2 foot panels for $11. Add several layers of Gesso and get going. No need for back bracing. This was done in about two hours - out of my head - but I did do something similar a month prior.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Very frustrating week --too little time to paint. Friday PM and work done. Grabbed a pre-primed linen board and started in. Decided to switch to oils, my first love. On the right is 10 minutes going and on the left -another five minutes --feeling a bit inpatient. Best to stop here and take a fresh look tomorrow.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
This was done is very short bursts of work. When I move to full time painting I will surely need to keep several painting going at once. I need to take a lot of fresh looks. I did add some burt sienna to the deeper greens in the trees (yellow, burn sienna and ultra-marine blue).
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
So far using three colors: UM Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium (Susan Scheewe) and Venetian Red and quite a bit of a very cheap "titanium white" which is hardly even opaque but great for mixing and altering the key of colors. I used two brushes so far- a number 8 bristle and a 1.5 inch painters brush (for the foreground).
New project. Trying to set it up to do Saturday. Sketched it out and put on some base colors tonight. It is inspired by an early CA painting of John Gamble. On the right will be two trees and there will be a lot of rocks and flowers in the foreground.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
OK the front cab is no longer a stick on-I decided to paint it in. He is now real. Finished.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
This is the fun part - placing cut-outs here and there. My little kitty photo is placed to check perspective - I drew a coachman and placed him to decide if I want to add another cab. Fun.
Put in another 15 minutes - keeping it loose and fun. I have been using a cheap acrylic "white" which is great for body color/mixing/lightening but is not really opaque. Today I used a bit of true titanium white. I'm using a flash for the photos which is a no-no but oh well at this point.
The sky should be darker but I hit upon a winter sky color I have been searching for -- this shade is used often by my favorite painter, Childe Hassam (1859-1935) in his winter street scenes- if he had lived to 100 years I could have met him. I have left a border top and bottom but will probably fill those in. The cab drivers will be painted next.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I saw an article that included a picture of this painting by Norbert Gouneutte (1854-1894) and it rung a bell --I did this painting years ago in oil and gave it to my sister. I have an odd shaped piece of masonite on which I will practice this painting again and afterwards may do it on a 2 x 3 foot size which would be more appropriate. I'm going to stay loose and just have fun. I spent 30 minutes noting some perspectives and sketching in some basics with blue, greys, whites and burnt sienna. The perspective is going to be odd as the reference painting is more rectagular than square.