I'm re-posting a painting that I re-touched today. I felt this needed some color adjustment around the figure, so that he would be more a part of the surroundings in the painting. Also, the pose was a bit more static than I like and changed that too. (the original version is below) I shadowed the left leg/hip and it forced that back, while bringing the right leg forward. I also enlarged and lightened the fish -y splash in the foreground. It didn't take long, but better in my view.
I had more fun with Hollyhocks today and decided to draw attention to their wonderful tall color spikes with this tall canvas.
Sometimes when using color that is this bold, I check my values by taking a look at a black and white version which you can see below. While there is a lot going on, I still felt my value structure held it all together. It's a good test you may want to play with sometimes to keep things on track.
Once again a painting from the Big Horn River in Montana. I used color that was more from my imagination than either the photo source or reality. What I tried for was the sparkle of the water, which required some high contrast, but I thought some color intensity would help out as well.
I took a look at some some of my Hollyhock photos from Montana today and worked with warm and cool reds throughout this painting. Because they have so many blooms, it's easy to get confused in tall the color 'noise' of the scene. Here I grayed down some of the pinks and greens to carry the idea of many flowers but not let them compete too much with the double blooms in the upper left.
My posts have been erratic lately due to summer travels and projects. Today is another switch-up with a painting I did on our recent trip to Montana. We stayed near the town of Twin Bridges and it has some fun old buildings. But, the main thing I saw in passing through were the Hollyhocks. They are everywhere! The store fronts, parking lots and alleys have great groups of colorful blossoms all over town.
I loved them and went back to take reference photos and to paint plein aire. This one was painted from the parking lot behind the post office. I'm looking forward to developing more work from the trip.
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.