Friday, July 27, 2012
I got down to Heisler Park in Laguna Beach at about 5:30 pm. I had been painting up in the canyon at Big Bend for about 2 hours. It had been in the high 80's and I had to hike about 1.5 miles each way with my 40 pounds of gear-so when I got to the beach I thought I would just take some reference photographs and head on home for dinner with my wife and kids. I had been down here the week before and made two really nice paintings. I thought the light in the late afternoon would be amazing because of the way the rocks faced the setting sun.
So I get down to the beach and there is Frank Serrano. I did not know it at the time because I had never met him before, but I knew of his plein air painting. http://www.pleinairgallery.com
After talking with him for a moment I had to go get my gear and paint. I only had about an hour and a half to paint and the only surface I had was huge. The masonite panel I had made with the pumice gel and acrylic paint measured 22"X48". I had no time for second guessing.
This painting trip took place earlier this week on TuesdayI wanted to beat the heat so I did not leave the house until about 3:30 pm. I was on site and set up by 4:15 pm.
The colors in the walls of the canyon are a little different from what I usually paint. I had to trust my judgement. There was not enough time to do anything over again.
I really liked the contrast of the back lit trees and the muted colors of the canyon walls. The dark ground of the masonite really helped the back lit trees pop and it helped keep the canyon subdued in the distance.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I chose Paynes Gray paint because it was a dark gray with a touch of blue in it. I like the effect of light pastels on a dark ground or underpainting.
For my purposes the Fine Pumice Gel worked best. I also tried the Corse Pumice Gel but it had too much tooth on the surface and ripped my pastels up at an amazing rate. It made painting almost an excercise in abstraction. You had to stand about 30 feet away to see the subject I was painting. I ended giving the painting to a bus driver at Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach www.crystalcovestatepark.com as payment for the ride to the parking lot. The best thing I can say about the experience is that I learned from it.
I purchased acylic paint, pumice gel in small and medium grit at Ultrect. Both the pumice gel and the acylic paint were Golden products. I bought 2 4'X8' sheets of 1/8" tempered hardboard. I got them as a special order at Home Depot. It took 4 days for them to come in. When I picked them up I had a sales associate cut them to the predetermined sizes I wanted.