One of the many beautiful drives through Mt. Rainier Park take you to the Sunrise Visitor Center and more great views and paths to walk. While we had some rain and fog in the morning, everything cleared up so that you could see many of the peaks along the mountain range. I have continued to do a value block in on my paintings recently and then use more accurate color over that.
We spent the Fourth of July at beautiful Mt. Rainier. There are gorgeous views at every turn, some being grand and others subtle and quiet. This is the view from Paradise Inn, where we stayed I highly recommend it, if you ever have a chance to visit. The historic inn, built in 1916, is a real treat and retreat. The scenery was very inspiring and I'm planning to paint others from the trip soon.
A small one today from a photo taken in Belize. Originally, I had my eye fixed on all the detailed edges of the shadow itself. But then I realized that a softer edge captured the feeling of being under the dappled shadows of the palms rather than observing from a distance.
Still working today with a long format, this time vertical. I did a 3 value rough sketch this time in cad. red. That allowed me to think about color and still keep my values in place. My biggest challenge was not to carry the color too far and I did tone it down quite a bit. I find it is always easier to start with intense color, then gray it, rather than the reverse.
I've been wanting to use a different format for awhile and I decided this extra long canvas would fit the bill. I used the fishing line and water line to really emphasize the length and then tried to used foliage with the same intent. This was very fun to paint. As I got into it, I pushed color toward a sense of atmosphere rather than accuracy. I'm planning to work with another long format soon in a vertical.
Today I took a second look at yesterday's painting and realized adjustments were needed. The peak on the right was too dark to indicate distance and edges needed to be softened in a variety of places. Now I think it has a stronger visual lead-in and the edges, particularly in the background are not competing with foreground shapes. Funny how 'fresh eyes' on a painting, helps you to see solutions.
I decided to work in a more abstract manner today. So this was some fun with big brushes and big splashes of color. Once I had that our of my system, I used negative painting in the background to bring some focus to the splotchy shapes. A nice break and fun change for today.
I took the reference photo for this one while walking along the Boise river last week. It was a day with a little breeze and perfect temps in the 70's. This guy seemed to have found the perfect spot to spend the afternoon and try his luck with a little fishing.
Glide oil 9" x 12"
I've been working on a couple small commissions in the last week. And, between those and keeping up with everyday happenings, posting work has gotten away from me. This is one of the many geese that enjoy the pond behind our house. I took this photo in the evening when there was just enough light in the sky to provide some nice color from the setting sun and provide a lot of contrast
This smaller photo almost looks like it was painted with a tube of solid black, but the larger view will show a variety of mixes using ultramarine blue, viridian, and alizarin crimson. View Larger/ Purchase
I saw these roses yesterday next to a small farmhouse door. I was there with my sister and a friend for an estate sale. The roses looked like they had been there blooming year after year without much tending, but they were really beautiful none the less. Lots and lots of deep red blooms and untended canes running wild everywhere.
This is one from the Big Horn river once again. I have several pics taken while in a boat watching others fish. I try to get some actions in the shots and then of course I look for the light. This was taken mid-day, so I had to increase the contrasts for more interest, but liked the warmth. I also used another in this series of photos in a vertical composition for my painting "Tight Line"
This is painted from a photo I took just below the dam at Fort Smith, Montana. I nearly always use some kind of natural landscape for a background in this type of painting, But I tried to liven the concrete shapes in the background with color in the shadows. I haven't decided if I overdid it in the water with too many small shapes.Time will tell when I put fresh eyes on it tomorrow...
I painted roses yesterday which I will post that one soon, But today, I used my niece as inspiration again for this portrait. I had a lot of fun with it and used one of my favorite palettes of alizarin crimson, turqoise and ochre. I toned the panel first with a very thin coat of cad. red. I did a brush drawing first, then went ahead and started laying in color areas for the heair, background, face and scarf.
Here's a small painting for today, but I did take the time for a few progress shots. I began (bottom photo) with the big idea of the value pattern. It only uses 3 values and I massed it in with mixes of cad red medium, white and ultramarine blue. In the second photo you will see that I've added the fourth and darkest value. In the next step, I begin to lay in basic colors for each value area. After that, I add color to adjust warm and cool versions. This is a straightforward way to keep values where you want them, beginning to end.
A quick post on this dock scene from Westport, Washington. It's pretty active and I used an umber underpainting which I usually don't do. While it worked out, I still prefer a more vibrant color wash underneath, such as cad. red or rose.
I've had this one in mind for a long time. It is from a photo I took in Yellowstone Park. This is a colorful line of birders looking for their own sightings of color in the sky and landscape. I usually don't deal with so many small shapes and the challenge was holding it all together in terms of value and composition.