May 20, 2010

Davenport IV


Acrylic on Canvas Panel - 14 x 18 Ω
I've been busy trying to learn how to paint larger, for an upcoming show, so I've been a little slack on posting.
I just received a great new accessory – a clip on "natural light" easel lamp. Wow, what an eye opener. My apartment has terrible lighting, and now that the days are longer, and I tend to paint in the evening, the difference in illumination between 5:00 and 8:00 runs the full gamut.
Now I have a much more consistent environment, and it's helping me mix more accurate color well into the night. As a result, I'm re-examing some recent work and making adjustments. I'm also doing some new, larger pieces, which I'll be posting as well.
This landscape still bugs me. I've improved a lot of the detail areas, but those distant hills are still wrong. I think they need to be a lot lighter to help demonstrate their distance. Maybe I'll take another swing at it soon.

7 comments:

Sheila said...

Aren't you lucky to be a recipient of one of those natural lights. I am very envious. Still need to sell more paintings before I can afford one. I'm lovin' your bigger paintings Big G. I think your instinct is correct in lightening up the mountains to get them to recede.

Chartan said...

my sister and i just drove through Davenport on the way to Big Sur. I saw this scene. Your blue road still bugs me...yeah the far hills were a lot lighter toned down naples yellow or something...

Gringo Zero said...

I got the lamp at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff.
About a hundred bucks for the Ott-Lite TrueColor Easel Lamp.
It looks a little oversized in my tiny apartment, but it really is amazing.

Gringo Zero said...

I toned the blue in the road down, I thought a lot, but it's still darn blue, isn't it.

I'm gonna put that on the hit list when I attack those hills.

Carrie Griesemer said...

Thanks for the info on the lamp! I am in desperate need of that lamp, my lighting is awful!

I think your painting is well executed, maybe it's just that the vantage point is unusual being up so high.

Gringo Zero said...

I've had my nose stuck in this so long that I forgot about the vantage point.

Which addresses another problem I'm having. This shot was so zoomed in and cropped that it's hard for me to mentally separate foreground from distant hills, because they are all distant.

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