Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lone Tree Small

Oil on Canvas Board

8x10

I was going through my old paintings to see what I had, and I found this. I thought the composition and colors were nice, but overall, it was dark and dull. I looked at my reference photo and it was dark and dull too. I decided to perk it up. I mixed lighter, brighter colors, and put them on top in a painterly way, allowing some of the dark and dull to poke through for interest. I think this is much better and happier.

Sycamores Retouched

Oil on Canvas Board
8x10

I was going through my old paintings to see what I had, and I found this. I thought the composition and colors were nice, but overall, it was dark and dull. I looked at my reference photo and it was dark and dull too. I decided to perk it up. I mixed lighter, brighter colors, and put them on top in a painterly way, allowing some of the dark and dull to poke through for interest. I think this is much better and happier.

Pink Rose in a Bottle

Oil on Canvas board
8x10

This is a “daily painting”, just for practice. I liked the lavender bottle, and the light in the window, so I put a rose it in it from the garden. Overall, I am not really happy with it. The edges are too soft and I don’t know if it looks like a rose. But that’s how this one came out. Some come out good, and some come out bad. I think I like the bottle the best.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lone Tree

Oil on Canvas Board
11x14

I wanted to just try doing a loose painting, so I got this photo form the WC RIL. Thank you to whomever posted it. After painting those seascapes, I felt a lot more confident. I just splashed the paint on and didn’t worry so much about it. I remembered at the seascape demo, I did not have a big enough brush to cover the canvas quickly so I used a 1”, raggedy house brush. It made everything look like grass, which was not what I needed in a seascape. So I dragged it out for this painting. I blocked in the grass with it, and then used the very tip to make grass growing. At the very end, I put the lighter touch ups on the tree. I like it a lot, but I used an old, painted over canvas board (since I was not expecting to do anything great on it) and there was a brush hair stuck in the underpainting, so as nice as the painting itself came out, I don’t think I should ever sell it.

Lavendar Beach

Oil on Stretched Canvas
16x20

I made this the day after the other beach painting. I just don’t have the patience to post all the work-in-progress photos. Basically, I went down to the Bill Blackman workshop again, and with the same steps of procedure, he walked us through it.

We sketched in the basic shapes, massed in the color, and then put the details on top. No fancy layering or anything. Again, we used water soluble oils, and only four colors: the same as before: Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, and White. You can get his demo tapes on line: three paintings for about $25.