Thursday, March 24, 2016

Painting Overshare? Montana Spring Creek

 Montana Spring Creek      oil       12" x 16"

This is a painting I finished toward the end of January.I felt it was really successful in the direct approach and the painting experience was one of those where you feel the painting just 'fell off the brush'. It doesn't happen often enough as we all know. In my excitement, I thought I'd enter it into an online exhibition. Then I entered it in another..... and, oh why not.... I entered it in a third! I must have been searching for a little validation.

The upshot is that "Montana Spring Creek" made it into all three, Thank you Art Muse Contest,  FASO Boldbrush 15% Competition and  Online Jured Shows-Plein Air Salon !

It's fun while it lasts. And now......I'm back to the easel :) Pin It

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Owyhee Spring

Owyhee Spring                                           oil                        Mary Maxam

Here are a few of the spring greens showing up around the Owyhee River. I used a wash of Terra Rosa and Viridian to tone down the white of the canvas. Then I did a brush drawing of the basic shapes, blocked in darks, middle tones and worked up to the lightest values. Pretty straightforward overall.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Eye On The Sky

                         Eye On The Sky                                                 oil           11" x 14"

I couldn't decide whether to post this as a fly fishing painting or a landscape, but it turned out to be a bit of both. I've been wanting to paint sky and clouds and that's what mostly came through here . This has a cad. red underpainting that was applied thinly but enough to provide a basic value plan. Working off of a warm tone really gives the blues and grays more depth I think.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Island Breeze

Island Breeze                                                                                                    9" x 12"     oil

In my last post I talked a bit about how I create color from my imagination when the photo source doesn't suit me. This is another one of those. The scene is from Hawaii, where I shot several photos while we drove though a small town on a scenic drive. I remember seeing various lines of laundry and flapping towels which is what I wanted to paint, but didn't have the right photo source for it. I invented the laundry line for added color, but also to emphasize the idea of the breeze shown in the movement of the palm branches.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

You Should've Been There

         You Should've Been There                                                                oil              9" x 12"

Another of those paintings that was hard to photograph! I believe when there is high contrast, it makes it more difficult for the camera to read variations in color. The Boise river was the location from the photo and most of the color in reality, is pretty humdrum and gray, I used my imagination to create something more interesting. It may be time to practice some monochrome works though as that is always good practice.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

River Color

       River Color                                                       oil                                       8" x 10"

I'm always fishing for color in a painting and the Big Horn River provided it for me last summer. I used some black on my palette this time and liked mixing some of the earthy greens you can get with it. It was a good contrast with the bright greens and warm backlit areas behind the grasses.
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