Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sketch San Miguel de Allende: Learning to think about landscape painting #1

This is a small (5 x 7) study from San Miguel de Allende, an amazing place to visit.  Donkeys carrying things are a common sight.  Learning to paint landscapes is one of my 2015 goals.  I had read the wonderful resource book: Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting (link) a couple of years ago, but I wasn't ready to understand it then. This painting is my first  2015 implementation of his breakdown of a value plan of a landscape.
Simply: 1. the sky (which is the source of light: even on a cloudy day) is the lightest value.
2. flat, horizontal ground receives the light and therefore, is the second lightest value
3. vertical element (trees, buildings (people and donkeys)) don't receive light, so they are the darkest elements
4.slopes (mountains, slanted rooftops) are in between the ground value and the vertical (dark) value
Don't break up values

Try a small sketch with a pencil thinking this way: simplify like valued-shapes (i.e. link all the trees in the tree line and define only by the shape of the tree tops). Great way to start, isn't it?

Squint at this painting now and see if you can see the basic values...
So, I am off to work on this further

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cheerful Geraniums

Reminding myself about color mixes and choppy brushstrokes with this little painting. This was very fun to paint after a day "drawing with scissors" (see below). I think this type of painting is mostly a color exercise. I believe the attractiveness of this type of painting is the "mood" the colors evoke. For example, this makes me feel warm, cheerful, happy. What about you?
FYI: I did an experiment measuring comments/ interaction on FB compared to this blog and unfortunately, FB is ahead....

Here are some silk cut outs.
It is interesting, to me, that while I am working on "movement" and the transition of foreground into background in my watercolors, I am also compelled to work on these silk pieces which are the complete opposite: static and graphic. So fortunate to be able to create....

Monday, January 19, 2015

Gerbera Daisy Done

Gerber Limited Color Study/ oil on board/ 8 x 8/ $125
Purchase here
I can't seem to get this one to photograph well. However, I am now happy with this little painting . It glows. The flower has"'presence" and it was done with only three colors: so I met my challenge for the painting.

Now, to push forward on the silk compositions. I had a day of green hands while I worked on "missing" colors. i am not sure that my fingernails will get clean...but I despise gloves...

Will post this now so it is ahead of the noon publish deadline
Hopefully, I'll be back later with silk images

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New Workshop

I just added a new workshop on my web page.
Details are here
This is fairly short notice, however I hope the "end of winter" will make this appealing. Later this weekend, I will post more of my silk progress and the completed gerber daisy...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gerbera Daisy: Limited palette

This was painted over a bright red ground.  I painted with cad yellow pale and deep, titanium white and a red and blue violet (split compliment colors) Purple and yellow created the brown. and a had to cheat and add a touch of green to get a cleaner more lime stem. Fun exercise. I especially like the texture of the petals so I think I will add a little more before I call this one finished (or get disgusted, if this fails...nothing ventured...)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

First Tulip Study

Tulip Study/ 8 x 10/ oil on board/ $145
Purchase here
I thought I was editing this post but somehow, I erased it. Sorry. I am completing a personal experiment about traffic: here versus FB. I have been unhappy with FB's recent post changes. I'll let you know what i learn.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Study Blood Oranges

This is a study of blood oranges. I also tested a new painting surface and provider. I will post the information after I try one more painting on this surface but I quite like it on my first try. It lends itself to softer edges and requires more paint than the gesso board surfaces.

Details and purchase information can be found here