Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
I saw a painter along the hand rail at Heisler Park. I like painting with other people. Even if there isn't a lot of talking it is nice to be around someone with the same interest.
My board was 24"X36". The woman I was painting with said there was too much detail in the rocks to make that the subject. She was painting with oils on a 10"X12" canvas. She was pretty bitter about her painting through the years. She told me about all of the galleries she had been in that were no longer in business. Her attitude seemed to carry over into her painting. What started as a nice study of the rocks and ocean turned into an overworked bland summary of all the ocean moving at once. I believe you have to capture the painting from start to finish. There is no going back. Either you get it or you don't. Yesterday I was painting at Montage resort and was working through my painting and lost track of time. When my wife called and told me I was late, I had to finish before I could go. In a way, it helped me because I knew I really had to hurry if I was going to finish. I am usually very decisive in my painting but this little extra push was what I needed.
I was painting on a deep cool red board which I had not had good results on before. As it turned out this was a good choice because the day quickly turned cloudy and the rocks took on a saturated look.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
\The weather was constantly changing from cloudy to partly sunny. Everything about this painting kept in mind that I would probably be finishing this painting under June gloom.
A lot of time was spent getting to this point and I was running out of time. I wanted the foliage to complement the rocks and sand so I brought in a lot of purples and blues as a underpainting to the detail of the plants that were to follow.
At this point I had to start getting serious about the all of the palm trees and just putting sections of the painting to bed. It is critical to the composition to keep the trees in the proper relationship to the hills that they are coming from.
I have really been going through the pastels at a much higher rate because of the number of large paintings I have been completing. To supplement the pallet that I currently have been using I added the plein air set of Diane Townsend pastels that were the first set I ever bought on line. It was interesting using them on the surface because they have pumice in them as does the board I use.
This painting took longer than most of my plein air efforts because the cloudy conditions extended my time in front of the landscape. In the past week each of my paintings extended beyond my usual 3 to 3 and a half hours.
There comes a time in each painting where I feel it just needs to be done. At that point everything speeds up to just get finished. Decisions that were difficult with ponderous contemplation now just happen. Things just get done. When this feeling happens I just can't finish fast enough. There is a feeling of relief that comes over me as I lose the analization and just react to the situation again.
The finished painting measures 24"X36". I like this painting because it has a different pallet and a different level of detail.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
This oil painting measures 24"X36" and is painted on canvas. This studio effort was inspired by a trip to Little Corona Del Mar during the Laguna Plein Air Invitational. After a full day watching others paint at the invitational and painting at Crystal Cove; I found Jeff Horn painting down at the beach. The light and shadows were tremendous. I took a bunch of reference photos and put myself fully into the time and place. This painting is the result.
Monday, June 10, 2013
This painting measures 24"X24" and is painted on Masonite with acrylic paint and pumice gel. I really liked how this painting captured the feeling of the light and atmosphere. In the lower left hand corner you can see the original color of the prepared board I used.
Everything about my set up is opposite of what they (the experts) tell you about what you should consider when packing for plein air painting. My Heilman http://heilmandesigns.com box carries over 250 pastels but if that wasn't enough I bring along a couple of boxes of pastels that I am in the process of working into the box. I work on a large surface that requires more time and is difficult to transport at times. I have a back pack filled with all sorts of extra stuff just in case I need it. I am going to work on a "plan B" set up that will allow me to go further off of the beaten path with my gear. I have gone as far as 3 miles roundtrip with my stuff but it was hard work. The walk back was the worst because of the difficulty that my gear presents. I also need to come up with a device to carry my paintings so that I don't have them pinched between my forefinger and thumb for miles. I think I am going to have to invent something for my pastel paintings on Masonite. Necessity is the mother of invention...
This painting's vantage point is from Heisler Park in Laguna Beach facing south. I am just north of the gazebo above the beach on the walk way. The challenge for this painting was capturing the shadows because I was painting late into the afternoon. Another challenge was that there were shadows from the trees behind me dancing across my painting surface. The sun was so bright and low on the horizon it made picking my colors more difficult.