Sunday, January 31, 2016

Winter Barn and Painting Without Solvents

Winter Barn                        9" x 12"                 oil on linen

This is a barn in the area of Grangeville, Idaho and it's from a photo taken a couple years ago. My real intent though was to paint solvent-free. I have notice more and more frequently over the past year that after a day in the studio (which does have good ventilation) that I have a dry cough, flushed face and squeaky voice! It's kind of like I'd just downed a shot of whiskey but without the high! I've periodically tried to paint without Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) but I always get frustrated and go back to it for a first wash and brush cleaning. 

My first foray into trying something different was to purchase a line of Artisan water miscible oils. I like the feel and could get used to them but found out you cannot varnish for a minimum of 6 months to a year! I don't want to sell unvarnished paintings and this is a completely unworkable length of time for me to market and sell work online.

In this painting I used walnut alkyd medium and cleaned brushes using walnut oil. I worked the brush into a container of the oil to clean and then squeezed it out with paper towels. The feel is more oily than I like, but I'll work with it and hopefully  maintain my cleaner air quality.... we'll see

Meanwhile, I'm hoping someone  comes up with a water soluable replacement for mineral spirits.


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Montana Spring Creek

           Montana Spring Creek                oil                   12" x 16"

Another fly fisher today. I blocked in 4 values once the drawing was done and then just went for it with areas of varying greens. In this one I made a particular effort to saturate the color in the foreground and graduate both value and saturation to a lighter grayer version toward the horizon. And it's just like me to be drawn to those orange sleeves  :)  

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Quiet Afternoon

Quiet Afternoon                    8" x 10"                         oil on panel

A painting will sometimes dictate where it's going at times, and that was the way with this one. I had in mind something with a bit more spark and contrast to it. But, as I worked with close values in the sky, I realized it was more about just looking out to enjoy a peaceful place and appreciating  quiet afternoon.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Garden Plans

Garden Plans                      12" x  9"      oil

So here I go again, trying to push forward to spring..... in my mind anyway. This is from one of my favorite photo resources from the past. I have used it before but feel I was more successful here in keeping a busy scene tamed. I tried for direction lines and values that would guide the viewer toward the garden shopper.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Almost Heaven - Fly Fishing on the Big Horn River

Almost Heaven                           9" x 12"                                oil

It seems like the minute the calendar turns over to the new year, I am thinking about colors of spring and summer! Go figure....I think it is my way of moving forward and refusing to be 'stuck' in  that 'winter' place. This is from a series of photos I took on the Big Horn river last summer. I pushed the color, but tried to keep the values in their place. Sometimes water can have so much happening that it can be a bit confusing, but I insisted those values would not boss me around by keeping to a value plan!.... a good resolution perhaps..

Happy New Year!

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