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..

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Autumn Spin

The Cyclist    16" x 20"    o/c

Again, another painting using the split limited palette.
This painting is on a canvas that was not pre stained, not did it have a coat of gesso added to the surface before being painted upon. Truthfully, the canvas did not 'feel' any different than one that had been prepared with the extra coats of gesso or being pre stained. (Although , I do like the look of the red pre stained canvas when finished )
Having seen the painting before me as I type, my gut feeling is to darken the value of the bush on the right side. I think that I will do that !

...And I did !

'til next..

Friday, October 24, 2014

...Some Rain, .. Mainly Sunny

After The Sun Shower     20" x 24"    o/c   

This painting was completed using the same palette as the previous painting. My medium was Gamsol pure odourless mineral spirits.
The same brushes were used for both the previous painting and for this painting.
The brush sizes were both hog bristle in numbers four and eight, a round number four and a "rigger" were also used in the "finishing up".

The larger size was a little unfamiliar and it seemed to turn the painting into a marathon.

'til next..

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Well Into Autumn

Autumn Lane    16" x 20"    o/c

It is still raining here as I paint. This particular painting was painted in studio, started  and completed using photo reference.
My palette for this painting was, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, alizarin, cad red light, cad.yellow light and titanium white. Additional colours to my palette were, orange, trans red oxide and a green.

Gamsol was used as my medium and brush cleaner. My painting support  was a gessoed 16" x 20" stretched canvas.

'til next..

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Painting In The Rain..

A Boat House In Autumn    8" x 10"    o/p

How many times while painting in the rain has one just about had enough of the rain and said to one self, "What am I doing out here ?" 
It is about now that the sun comes out , right ? Well, isn't that par for the course ?

So, now the plein air artist asks himself/herself, "What now... Do I chase the sun hitting the fall leaves or do I attempt to paint the beautiful autumn cast shadows ? 

One dabbles a spot of colour here and there while waiting for answers. ..."Guess what ?"

It is raining again !    

Questions answered, problem solved...

'til next...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Rainy Day Painting..

Cold Creek Falls    11" x 14"    O/P

This painting is a "Rainy Day Painting" that was painted in the studio using photo reference.

For this particular painting , I changed the rules a bit when it came to using the photo reference. Once I had the composition established on my panel using an edited version of the reference, I laid the photo face down and and promised myself that I would paint as long as I could without it. 
Basically, it was a "memory work piece".
I did have to revert to the photo a few times near the finish. Some of the details were missing that I felt would help the painting if I included them. 

I think that it was a helpful exercise and it certainly did put a rainy day to good use..

'til next.. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Drizzly Rain Makes For Darker Values..

Autumn Woodland    11" x 14"    o/p

Painted during and after a "drizzly rain".

My palette for this particular painting was,ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, alizarin, cad red, lemon yellow, Indian yellow and titanium white. Other colours on my palette (mainly for convenience) were cad. green, trans red oxide, yellow green, and orange.

'til next..