Saturday, September 20, 2014

Painting Out at Matheson House

This is a day of painting at the Matheson house   A historic house and museum in Gainesville.   I was painting with oils for the first time outside  using the plastic "Plano" box shown in a previous post. as a palette box.  Click the plein air lable to see other posts of painting outdoors.
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This is the path that forms a circle in front of the Matheson House on University Ave in Gainesville
One of the biggest challenges of plein air painting is the constantly changing light.  Now that I look at this again I think there is another painting in the light pattern in the photo above.
I often find several compositions in every scene.  These are 2 pictures of the same painting .  The color is totally dependent on the light on the painting and of course the camera (iphone 4 in this case)
I got the above 8 x 10 on canvas and the below 5 x 7 on panel both in oil sitting in the same location.  I think there could be more.  I like the sweeping. tapered curve of  the path, the back lit trees and the shadow pattern that developed on the grass

The picture below was the first of the day and my first attempt at an oil outside.  I should have picked an easier subject than light and trees reflecting on the water of a creek in deep shadow.  I tend to zoom in very close on a subject instead of showing more of the whole scene.  The biggest problem I had all day is the slow dry time of the oil paint compared to acrylics.  This caused problems with paint mixing and blending on the painting when I didn't want it to making corrections difficult. On the other hand acrylics dry too fast in a lot of cases. I need to find a happy "medium"  Open acrylics dry slower work for Acrylics.  Liquin and fast drying white for oils might be the answers. I used Open acrylics to paint at Kanapaha gardens



Sunday, September 07, 2014

Kanapaha Paint Out 2014

First painting of the day.  Trying to work more accurately than my usual experimentation style.  At this paint out I'm trying to use just the palette knife.  This one is a 5 x 7 on canvas
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Of course the light kept changing and the camera can't capture what the eye can see at least my iphone can't, so sun lit spots are overexposed and shadows are under exposed.  But you get the idea
here are 2 shot of this location   I was sitting on a bench for this one.  I could have painted at least 5 pictures from this location.  I love the light in here. Some people call this the bamboo cathedral . Acrylic 8 x 10 on canvas


 These two shots are of the same painting the left is in the gallery with natural and florescent.  the right picture is on location in the shade. I 'd say the left is closer to the actual color. Sold at the paint out
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 This is the same stand of bamboo but looking through the cathedral at the stand I painted in the above pictures


This 8 x 10 on canvas is a bit over saturated in this photo but I was trying to capture the light coming through the bamboo.  Acrylic with palette knife.

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Sitting in the gazebo gave me this view   this was done with acrylic on a 5 x 7 panel with the palette knife
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Last painting of the weekend.  This was down by the flooded boardwalk.  Dispited being somewhat burned out from being in the heat and trying to concentrate so much all weekend, I was able to get this 5 x 7 on panel with the knife and acrylic.  this looks like some kind of weird frame but it's just the brick sidewalk


 My display at the Summer house

Monday, September 01, 2014

pochade box

I used a plastic utility box to make this pochade box for painting in acrylics with palette knife in the field.   I haven't tried it in the field yet so there may be bugs​

the closed view with the side board folded under   the paint seen here is on the inside of the cover  I was using this as a palette area
fully open with the panel holder in the top   the top is held up with strings and the side board is folded out.  the palette is on the side board.  It's held down with Velcro in case it gets windy  
Here the panel holder is in the traveling position or work position  I like to hold the painting sometimes so this allows me to hold it and not get paint on my hands. this would also work with a stretched canvas 
I didn't build in a tripod but I could adapt this to work on one   This is mostly for lap or table top.  I wanted something very portable so I could also be carrying a fishing rod of could be slipped into a back pack.  It holds 2 of each primary and white, knives, water, brushes, glaze and medium, charcoal, and pencils
After painting the palette could be put back in the box or carried on the out side on the folded up side board and carried with the shoulder strap so the wet painting could be inside.  the easel board also has Velcro on it so that could be carried out side and the wet palette inside depending on which is wetter.