Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2 x 3 foot acrylic landscape painting

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.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

California landscape painting 2 ft x 3 ft acrylic

Just about finished-hope it lines up fairly well with the initial version. Photo on left is with natural light - photo on right is inside with flash. I am always amazed at the difference.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Painting in process 2 feet x 3 feet

got a late start today on a new painting. Will be a compliment to an earlier painting. First photo is the earlier work -- second photo is with flash and third with natural light. About 45 minutes into this at this point...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

12 x 16 oil painting

See what happens when you shoot blind -but it does show the colors better in sunlight versus shade.

Original Oil Painting 12 x 16

My first use of oil for several years. The consistency and smoothness is so much better than acrylic.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Acrylic Painting 24" x 24"

On the left -photographed in the sunlight; on the right - in the shade. What a difference.
I added some color today and matte-finished this one.

Home made easel and painting in process

I picked up a camera tripod at the thrift store for $6 and glued on some wood parts to make myself a light plein air easel. The painting I've started is not a plein air painting-just something I started indoors last night.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Returning to oils

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

Painting in process 2 feet x 2 feet

The only difference in the top and middle painting is the lighting-the top view was taken outside in natural light. Acrylic - about 80% completed.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Oceanside Painting inspired by John Gamble

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).

Painting in process

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Painting in process 2 feet x 3 feet

Did a bit tonight. Regret needing to use a flash.
Used some cadmium red and burnt umber in making the greys.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Painting in process 2 feet x 3 feet Acrylic

Filling in a bit of the foreground and establishing some more shapes. Added yellow ochre to the mix.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Painting in process 2 feet x 3 feet Acrylic

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).

Painting in process 2 feet x 3 feet Acrylic

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

Time to Relax 2 x 3 feet original painting

Signed and finished with matte finish and back

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Painting in process 2 feet x 3 feet

Well now the flash is going off as it is getting late. Tonight or tomorrow we'll add some flowers.

In Process 2 x 3 foot painting

The foreground will be fields of flowers ala Redmond Granville - the key will be to put a few things in the distant valley that give perspective.

Trees and Valley 4-18-10 Painting in process

Been too busy past two weeks to paint. Nice weekend to myself finally. New painting in process. Acrylic - may switch to oils and use the acrylic as the underpainting.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Almost finished Acrylic Painting

OK the front cab is no longer a stick on-I decided to paint it in. He is now real. Finished.

The coachmen are off break and have climbed up onto their cabs. The kitty ran off. Still deciding whether to paint in the first cab -it's still just a cut-out stuck on. No idea why the lower photo came up sideways. Think of that one as an abstract.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Moving along Street scene 2 x 2 feet

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

Acrylic Painting in process

Not sure this is going anywhere - just using it to keep me painting while I decide on the next painting.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Acrylic 2 feet by 2 feet

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.

Acrylic Landscape painting 2 ft x 3 ft

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Acrylic 2 feet x 3 feet

New project. 2 feet x 3 feet, acrylic. Inspired by a painting done by Elmer Wachtel about 80 years ago. Quick pencil sketch to get the landmarks and positioning. And then some initial colors.