Monday, March 10, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
At this point in the painting, I really like the colors I have put down. In the next picture you can see the color theme has gotten away from me and the painting becomes a battle to try and get the feeling back.
I continue to fight with the color and the shapes. There is too much thinking going on right now. My best paintings flow. Although I keep pushing forward to completion, it is a struggle.
At this point in the painting, I am just trying to get all the parts relating to each other. I am doing this through color choice and refinement of the shapes within the painting.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I was looking for more color than was there. The last time I painted Shaws Cove the bluff looked flat and lifeless. I was thinking about painting more and drawing less. I am not sure how the colors are chosen, but it is never a question of what they will be. I am seeing these colors, but I don't know how I am seeing these colors. I can see the local colors, but I can also flip the switch and see these vibrant and saturated colors.
All of the colors are related to each other within the key that I choose. The key is not so much chosen as it is felt. The first color is the most important. It sets the entire tone for the rest of the painting. Every color is chosen in reaction to the first choice of color that I make.
Do the parts relate to the whole? Is the whole a seamless expression through mood?
Are the lights light enough when measured against the dark values in the painting?
If the values are right then the color choices become more believable. When I look at my paintings days after I have painted them, I often think wow how did I see it like that. When I am painting them I am not thinking about if my color choices are right or wrong. It is automatic; I am of no mind.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
|I started with a sanded paper and put down a water color under painting. The composition is established but there is some room to change some aspects of it because the pastels still have to go onto it.|
|I started with the bluffs because that was the main subject and the details of them were going to require the most time.|
|Done except for the final adjustments. At some point the painting is what it is and you can't go back to fix or change it because of all of the work you would have to put into it. Learn your lessons and move on.|
|As I finished up, this is how the bluffs looked. I really liked the grays within the bluffs. This will be the subject of a studio painting in the future.|
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
|The light was filtered through the afternoon haze. The highlights of the light upon the trees fading into the distance up the canyon was what I found interesting in this subject.|
|The shapes of the hills and their scale was important to the composition. In order to create some sense of size and distance the trees in the middle ground were placed as a counter point to the highlights moving up the canyon.|