Thursday, July 06, 2017

Painting Standing

I spend way too much time on coming up with painting kits for plein air painting. I usually don't have much time to stop and sketch, especially if I'm with someone or just out for a walk. If I want to stop for a minute and do a quick sketch I don't want to spend that minute setting up.  I want instant set up.
I recently went out on a walk and brought just a pad of brown paper and charcoal and chalk. I did this little sketch while my friend was taking photos of the sky and surrounding buildings.


The biggest problem I was having (aside from doing a good drawing) was holding the paper and the supplies in my left hand and drawing with my right. It's always the hardest thing to hold paint and paper in one hand while working standing up.  This is why people bring easels and or chairs. 

This is my latest and most minimal walk and sketch set up. I can use it with any water media and it requires no additional bags.  No fanny pack or shoulder bag like I usually carry, just pockets. This setup allows me to do 6 x 8 water media paintings or sketches in a pad while standing with no need for a table, chair or easel.

The coroplast folds for easy loading into pockets. gouache paint in the pill box, water brush has the water in the brush


Turbulent Surf   7.25 x 5.5 gouache on Fabriano rough paper from memory.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hay Bales Plein Air Finished

These hay bales caught my eye because of the way they were lit by the early afternoon sun. I was captivated by the contrast of the orange sorrel grass in the distance against the green of the mid and foreground. It's always fun for me to draw and paint cylinders like these bales or tree trunks, etc. 

Below are the two final paintings along with some of my process. 


The finished 8x10 still on the easel. 


The finished 11x14.



I started by making this location sketch with charcoal and chalk. It's amazing what you can get out of a primitive location sketch. 




Here I have the basic sketch laid in with thinned oils. I got to this point by using the location sketch. I'm working on 2 paintings at once for the first time ever! This is the 8 x 10 version, the other is 11x14. 


Both sizes at the end of the drawing stage. Next comes the block in of color mass. The weather was so cold and windy I couldn't go to the location, so I worked in the studio with as much natural light as I could get. Doors and windows open. It was cold but sunny, just like being outside. 


Back on location to block in both paintings with color and add texture with thicker paint. Since I was doing this for a plein air event it was necessary for me to finish the paintings on location vs in the studio. I needed to have 75% of each painting done on location to qualify as a plein air painting. Unfortunately I didn't escape the wind and cold, but this was my last chance to get this done and in the gallery.




The finished paintings are currently available at the Artisan's Guild Gallery in Downtown Gainesville, FL. They can also be ordered directly from my Etsy site





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Calling It Done?

It's hard to really tell what I did to these two acrylic paintings from this picture without a good before shot. You can see the whole painting process on this blog here
The painting on the left is  Hunting Island Marsh, I added some green to gray down the orange and I narrowed the taper of the distant banks on both sides and changed the water line on the right bank to make a less sharp edge where the water and mud meet.
  The right one, Fiddler's Ridge Marsh, needed to be lightened.  I also toned some of the violet down and broke up the color a bit and added highlights.  I also broke up the dark trees some and lightened the house.

  just a word about color  This picture viewed on my samsung s5 is just about right compared to viewing it live in the natural  filtered living room light.  so if you have a phone like that you can probably see the actual colors . fro reference, the frame is gold
 as originally painted
 with torn tape
 with painted tape
 After looking at this one for a few hours, I felt there is still something awkward about it and I think it's the way the marsh recedes. I came to the conclusion that the undefined horizon on the left side makes the picture look tilted to the right and makes the distance hard to read  The right side is more distant and that recedes well. I took some tape and painted it and applied it to the horizon line to give it a sharper edge and made it darker to pull it forward a little I us the tape and permanently collage it on to the horizon line, covered it with gloss medium because I didn't want to attempt to paint directly onto the panel and risk screwing it up.  I really like the way the paint came out on the tape and I didn't think I could reproduce it as successfully. Do I the call it mixed media collage?
http://artforpetesake.blogspot.com/2016/10/calling-it-done.html, and I also dropped the bank on the right in the distance to improve the prospective.  I think fixes it. you can see it on my web site here


Fiddler's Ridge Marsh, needed to be lightened.  I so I toned some of the violet down and broke up the color a bit and added highlights.  I also broke up the dark trees some and lightened the house. I made a series of process photos as I did this painting and you can see it here
color: the bottom photo was so dark on the lap top screen I edited it to make it look lighter.   and had to saturate it to get it to look even close to the real colors on my laptop but that took all the green out so I'm putting in 2 pictures taken at the same time   However, on the phone it's over saturated. for reference, the building is white
The top one is darker but closer to the real colors and the bottom one is lighter but too yellow.
you can see the finished painting on my website here
 4/4/17 update  I actually went back in and did more adjustments to the bank on the right in the top painting 


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Digital Art of the day

This is a picture I painted with my phone. Or maybe it's a photo? Ok it's a manipulated digital photo. It started out as a picture of the floor
 This was done with my Samsung s5 phone and the photo editor that came with it  I love the texture that showed up and what looks like heads and faces painted on canvas


This is the original photo that I started with

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Day 13 of 30 in 30 #12 digital sunset

 Today I wanted to try a digital painting .  I did this one on my Samsung 5 phone Using S Note. I got the idea from an album cover that flashed by while listening to Pandora. Tried to go back and find the artist but I couldn't do it. This is the only way to paint in bed

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cloud Study for 30 in 30 #11 5 x 7

Today's painting didn't get started until late afternoon. I had a few minutes to stand outside my mom's apartment and quickly throw down some basic sky colors. I fully intended to do the whole thing right then and there but quickly found out I didn't have my white gouache.   So I continued on with watercolors  and put in the foreground trees some of the darks  under  the clouds. I had to finish it up the whites when I got home. I'm happy with the way it came out. I love doing these small works

Friday, September 09, 2016

Day 9, 30 in 30 charcoal and chalk

 Not much time to paint today. Squeezed in this drawing between projects. From a picture on my phone of a big ominous cloud hanging over down town.  Cropped to 6 x 6 charcoal and chalk on caft paper.

The first iteration  I thought I was done.  this happens a lot.  I think I'm done only to look at it a few minutes later and realize it's not done at all.   this time I felt the drawing was off and not enough definition in the white clouds

   The second time I thought I was done but after a fresh look, after I photoed it , I didn't like the hard edges in the clouds   6 x 8 pad


so my third go,  I blended in the top left cloud and re worked the bottom  clouds to get a bit more definition and separation there.  I'm sure there is more that can be done but time is a limiting factor today.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Beach Day

I did 3 small plein air paintings in two days at the beach.  this first one is gouache on canvas panel  6 x 8    done sitting on the beach  I like the way the yellow gesso shows through.  Gauche is a bit tricky to layer up color  because it never permanently sets up (like watercolors) the the bottom layers want to lift out when they get re wetted.   but it was fun and I learned alot
 this second one is acrylic on paper. It started out as a color study to see if I could get close to the color I was seeing in thr waves.  I settled on cobalt and q. Gold (quinacridone ,a redish yellow ) I liked what was happening so I finished it out as a painting  I was walking and painting this one
 The third one was done late afternoon and I was sitting .  This is acrylics on 6 x 8 canvas panel with a q.gold  gesso under color.  The colors seem over saturated in this one.  sorry about all the typos I'm posting from my phone while riding in a car

Canvas Prep

Prepping 8 x 6 canvas for the next few paintings. Does this count as a daily painting in the 30 in 30 chalenge?  I hope so because I only have so little  time to paint prep time has to count as painting time. However if you like this abstract collage I'll glue it to a panel and make it suitable for hanging. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Vets Beach Afternoon day 6 of 30 in 30

This is when I switched back from gouache to watercolors. I love the transparency and glow that I don't get with the gouache. It's more ala prima and risky because it's harder to go back and fix. But I like what i get for the most part. On my screen this is darker and warmer than the real thing. Also cropped to square for the 30 in 30 blog

Monday, September 05, 2016

Dawn at New Suffolk Marsh, day 5 in the 30 in 30 chalenge

 The above image is the painting done at the creek at New Suffolk at dawn standing on the bridge fighting off the gnats.  It's a great spot to watch the sun come up and I painted 5 paintings in 2 dawn sessions.  I could easily paint here everyday of the year. So many compositions in a 360 degree view of march and inlet. 5 x 7 gouache
 This is the same painting later reworked in the foreground. This is the advantage of gouache, you can go back and paint over previous layers
 This is the second painting done this morning   I like this one better. Once I get the idea of the composition and how and where the shapes are going to fit on the paper, it gets easier and faster to paint the scene.
This image shows the easel and paint box kit I was using to paint all the pictures in this series.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Cloud Fantasy


For today's painting i wanted to explore painting clouds.  This one started out as an experiment but turned out well enough to a painting. The palette was ultramarine blue and burnt orange using acrylics. it's on 3 1/2 x 5 watercolor paper.  I started with a brush but used mostly a knife to build up the clouds.  On my laptop screen, the darks look like black but it's actually near black dark purple mixed from the 2 colors and the grays are more purple as well.  Hopefully, your screen is more color accurate than mine. (it looks pretty close to real colors on my Samsung g5 so if you have one you are probably seeing the actual colors)
 
This is the cropped version I'll be posting to the 30 in 30 website.  I'll be posting these new paintings to my art for pete sake etsy store soon,

Sigsbee Beach 2, 5 x 7 gouache ,Day 4 of 30 in 30 painting challenge

gouache on fabriano rough 5 x 7 This one is another in the series for a trip to Long Island. My first experiments using gouache (opaque watercolor) It acts like watercolor on wet paper but dries with a mat finish.  The colors don't saturate the way watercolor does but I can build up layers over dry paint. This one is un touched after the original session. This and all of the "north" paintings from the 30 in 30 series were not done during the month of Sept. but the "no rules" state that it's ok to paint in advance of the actual days , just don't use old paintings.  I painted this series with this challenge in mind.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Breakwater at Sigsbee day 5 x 7 gouache 3 of 30 in 30

Gouache on fabriano 5 x 7   breakwater at a North Fork beach.Done standing on the Sigbee beach.This one is un retouched after the initial session.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Bay Beach Rock day 2 30 in 30 challenge

This is the second in the 30 in 30 but also the second painting of my trip.  It's a big rock with trees and bushes growing in it. I felt I had to explain that because it's so bad you can't really tell what it is. This was done with my latest "Hike and Paint " kit, basically an hand held "easel"  with supplies in a waist pack. I designed it so I can paint with the most minimal setup and paint standing up. This is a 5 x 7 gouache on Fabriano rough paper.

After the storm. charcoal and chalk

Charcoal and chalk on brown paper. 6 x 8
A view out the window after Hermine blew through.
Adding this to the 30 in 30 paint challenge 

Thursday, September 01, 2016

day one 30 in 30 Chalange

This is the first painting for the series of 30 I'm doing for the 30 in 30 challenge.  I'll be trying go do 30 paintings in 30 days,  The rules state I can do some in advance so I did this one while on vacation in New England in mid August.  I knew I was going to be trying this challenge so i went prepared to do some paintings. For this trip I to decided to try gouache. This is the first painting of the trip. 5 x7 on Fabriano rough

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Award winner

I received 2nd place at the Gainesville Fine Arts Association Abstracts show for September. This mixed media on panel work titled Evidence of City Life is 24 x 36 and is still available. Send me a comment of get price and availability and more photos showing actual colors and details



Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Fiddlers Ridge Marsh

This Acrylic is painted on a 16 x 20 wood panel. I used one of my favorite processes on this one.I start with a very wet , thin paint that is like a watercolor technique and work my way toward thicker paint. That's nothing new.  It's pretty much how oil paintings are built up but it's so much fun. You can go here to see the finished painting on my site 
Actually, after having the painting in the house for a while I think it needs to be lightened up across the tops of the grass "islands" so it's back on the easel