Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Autumn Clean Up...

Last Minute Chore    11" x 14"    O/C

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

That Boat !

High And Dried Out     9" x 12"    O/P

A typical early winter, cold rainy day in my neck of the woods. What to paint brings out the photo references. My pick for the day was this abandoned boat.

I used the limited palette and washed in the composition with a dark transparent red. This can readily be seen in the peninsula near the top of the painting. Where I did not want the reddish colour to show through, I left it blank in the layout. Such was the case of the area allowed for water just below the peninsula. I continued the red wash for the rest of the painting below the shore line to the bottom of the painting.
Rendering the boat, gave the rest of the "washy" red lay in a chance to set up or evaporate, thus allowing me to be able to apply further colour without the pigment sliding around on the panel .

With this method, I was able to complete the painting to the stage that is seen above in approximately two and a half hours. No prize for that, but it was a good "work out".

'til next...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Winter has arrived...early !

The Dog Sled    11" x 14"    o/c

My first winter, snow painting...for this year !

My thoughts and prayers go out to the poor folk in Buffalo. I have never seen snow like this before. Unbelievable ! 
I can't help thinking that the worst is still to come as the forecast calls for warmer weather to follow. The melting snow will be heavy and unmanageable .

I used my limited palette for this painting.
To begin the painting, I "scrubbed" in or filled in the basic shapes with different values of the same colour as dictated by the scene.  This scrub in was for the most part the darkest values in the painting. Once the colour values "set up", I was able to continue with the lighter colours on this dark value background.
I used odourless mineral spirits to lay in the basic shapes and less as I worked towards the finished painting. 

I think that this method is becoming more the norm for me.

'til next...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

1* C... Snow Tomorrow.. Yuck !

Boathouse In The Thousand Islands    12" x 14"    Oil / panel

A painting buddy and I painted in a Thousand Islands Provincial Park, practically under the International bridge that runs between Canada and The United States.

I think that I was lucky to have set up my easel in a open sunny spot. That spot , as time passed, seemed to take the edge off the 0*C temperature. I think that the biggest nuisance was keeping the hand warm enough to manipulate the brush.

I kept the lay in darks quite runny and thin. With the open breeze and cold, I felt that the wet paint would evaporate quickly and leave a nice surface for the lighter colours and values to come.
It seemed to go to plan.
Subsequent colours were less "runny" than the original "darks", went on easily and at the same time were mixable with previous colours.

Here is a photo of the original scene..

You can see the amount of "editing" I did as I painted. I think that the cold helped with that !

Here is a photo showing the painting as it progressed.

Photo By Bruce Sherman / Artist

I think that this painting was a prelude to winter painting and to getting acclimatized to what is to come.

'til next...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Autumn Ride In The Park

Smelling The Autumn Roses    11" x 14"    O/Canvas covered panel  

'til next..

Down East...

The Stowaways    11' x 14"    O/P

A rainy day painting edited and painted using photo reference and composition sketches. The support was a Masonite panel with two coats of gesso . The panel was not pre stained .
For this painting, I used my usual limited palette and Gamsol Odourless Mineral Spirits .

The first dark washes were applied very "wash like" and left to evaporate before applying the lighter colours. 

I used a number eight bristle brush and a soft haired quarter inch brush. (for applying the dark washes)

'til next..

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Morning Exercise..

The Dog Walker   20" x 24"   o/c

Autumn is slipping away before our very eyes and brushes. It will not be long before we are scrambling to paint the pockets of colour that are left behind, waiting to be found.
For me, after the excitement of the fall colours is but a memory, the "painting doldrums" set in. At the very least, a month and a half of monotone "mud" and its' values take over after the autumn explosion of colour.
 ...Hmmm, can't contain my painting excitement !

In the meantime, scramble to locate those last pockets of fall colour and paint !

"til next...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn Timing Out In Local Park..

Autumn In The Park   11" x 14"    o/c b

Each day that passes sees the colours of fall become less intense. The ground is covered with drying leaves and the trees are fast becoming, ..well, naked of their colour.
It will not be long before our thoughts will be winter thoughts and the question on our minds will be, how much snow tomorrow will bring. 

Isn't that a happy thought ? !...Trading paint brushes for, of all things, a shovel !.

Plein Air becomes plain air !

...Thankful for today !

'til next..