September 30, 2008
September 29, 2008
September 27, 2008
Spooky moody day at the beach.
Now, not only was there no shade, and constantly shifting lighting conditions, but the wind really picked up and the sand went everywhere – in the paint, under my paper palette, in my face.
What surprised me most was a bunch of Dutch tourists came by to look at what I was doing, nodded and smiled, and then decided to plop down right in the foreground. I mean, they saw what I was painting, and with the whole deserted beachfront they just had to sit there. Apparently I chose not to paint them.
September 26, 2008
September 25, 2008
September 24, 2008
Another attempt at a Carol Marine style still life. I'm trying to do Carol's approach of mixing the right color first, and then applying it decisively in a firm brush stroke, and aiming to define the planes. Kevin McPherson has a lot to say about this method as well. I highly recommend any of his books, which you can find on his site, or on Amazon.com.
I need to do a LOT more of these! The deceptively simple arrangement reveals all the shifts in color and lighting.
September 23, 2008
I've been watching Carol Marine's "Painting A Day" blog for a while now (it's where I got inspired to do a blog after all) and thought I'd try a simple still life similar to what she usually demos. Well, three green orbs proved to be more complex than I thought. I also did not follow her method (which I discovered later watching a video demo of hers) and instead flailed about. It was fun though. I need to do more of this type of thing.
September 22, 2008
September 21, 2008
September 20, 2008
I'd painted this small canvas completely black ages ago.
I was doing some color testing/mixing to see what the various blues I had randomly collected looked like when diluted with white. It's been a long time since I'd done any color charts!
Anyway, I had a palette covered with daubs of various blues, so I decided to use them in a quick sketch of the scaffold outside my window.
September 19, 2008
This one's pretty big, in size. I was being too stingy with the paint at first until I adjusted to the size. I was still trying to blend areas instead of carefully mixing beforehand and applying. I need to practice that a lot more. It's also hard resolving that the mind says "red" but the eye sees pink/grey. Fun fun fun.
September 18, 2008
September 17, 2008
September 16, 2008
September 15, 2008
September 14, 2008
September 13, 2008
A little paint-by-numbers looking, and a little stiff, but it's fairly representational of the vibrant and rich color of early Summer in Sonoma, before things start drying up and turning straw-colored. The reflections are interesting, but not convincing. If anything, they look like plants floating on the surface. Hmmmm.
September 12, 2008
On location in Sonoma, this is very boring and flat. It 's almost as though there's no light source at all. The trees are nice and lose, and show the effect of light, but nothing else does.
Actually, its because the light changed so much during the painting of this that I couldn't fix what I really wanted to capture. In fact, I'm still not entirely aware that that is an option open to me. I'm still kinda hung up on "paint what you see."
September 11, 2008
On location looking back at my usual shady spot (not shady right now) by the pool house. The shadows on the roof were what caught my eye, and yet I've failed in capturing what interested me. Intellectually I know they should be cooler, but it's still a bit hard for me to go that blue. Yet.
September 10, 2008
September 9, 2008
September 8, 2008
September 7, 2008
Another in a many visited subject, mostly because it has (a) reflections, (b) I'm painting from a shady spot by the barn, and (c) it's hot in Sonoma, so I can jump in any time. Bonus: since I'm using acrylics, I can also jump in if I get paint on myself. I do. Often.
It's hard to tell what the focus is, because I didn't really decide on one. Way too much going on with no real point. A little paint-by-numbers looking in the end. And what are those long white reflections in the pool supposed to be? Phantom umbrellas?
September 6, 2008
On location in Sonoma, looking at Barndiva. I never did finish this one. Just ran out of time, and I'm not big on revisiting pieces, though this may have to change soon.
An elderly gentleman passed by to look at my progress several times without saying anything. When I was packing up he came back and said it looked pretty good. He said that he wanted my card, because he liked to buy some up and coming art whenever he had some spare money. I told him that I was just learning, but that my father is a local painter, and he should buy one of his paintings. He then said he preferred student painters because they were much more affordable!
September 5, 2008
September 4, 2008
September 3, 2008
Leaves turning toward the end of Sonoma's summer. I eventually painted over this on another visit, updating it to a summer tree.
Added Note: After posting Rust Tree 2, I realized that they were in reverse order. I painted this one late in the afternoon. You can see it's become overcast, as we head into Fall, and there are relatively no shadows, and the sky appears almost white.
Another interesting thing happened. As the air temperature dropped, the paint refused to dry and it became more of an oil painting experience. Quite the opposite of painting on those hot breezy days of August when the paint dries as soon as it's applied.
September 2, 2008
September 1, 2008
Ah, the first of (hopefully) many sabbaticals to Sonoma to paint with my father. He'd painted a nice red barn as seen from the road a while back. The landowner had admired it, but commented that everyone painted "that" barn (her barn), and he'd like to commission a painting of "his" barn. I tagged along to watch the maestro at work and tried my hand at it.
The shadows were great and deep cherry red/blue/purple and patterned all over the barn, but by the time I was wrapping up, they had vanished. I should have just kept them in "from memory" but I haven't got that kind of eye, yet.
The owner gave me a nod, but needless to say, did not offer to buy mine as well. Not even a two for one deal. Just as well.