Monday, September 24, 2012
The morning was so foggy it was hard to see any detail. The fog burned off, the wedding was over and done, and the sun lit up the rocks.
I brought a blue ground panel with me after I came down and scouted around while taking some reference photos. I had made a couple of orange pumice gel panels that I was thinking of using but the fog seemed to thick to use them.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I got out to the hills to paint around 10am. The hills were backlit and the temperature was climbing fast. I was painting on masonite with pumice gel and acrylic paint.
This is my initial sketch that I worked from.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I parked and walked into Coal Canyon State Park. It was 2 miles to get to my spot. The weather was still hot. It got up to about 100.
I really like this location because of the atmospheric perspective. I also like the rhythm of the hills in the background at this location. I also like the patterns and color of the sage and buckwheat in the foreground.
I brought my new carbon fiber tripod which is very easy to use and some new Terry Ludwig pastels which I have not had a chance to work into my Heilman box. My surface is a 24"X36" piece of masonite with Golden Pumice Gel and acrylic paint.
I have started using a preliminary sketch before starting my painting. In the past my composition has been a bit of a crap shoot-in that I have not brought all of the elements of the subject into the painting.