Sunday, December 27, 2015

Paint removal

This painting is started out as years of acrylic accumulation on a board I use as an easel.  It is  covered with shelf paper to waterproof it. After I worked on it to make it an a actual
finished painting, I discovered that the acrylic wasn't really sticking to
the shelf paper. So I decided to try and peel the entire thing off the
board and re mount it permanently on a gessoed panel.  First I had to thicken the layer so that I could manipulate it. Idid this by putting on several thick layers of clear heavy gel.  When that was completely dry I used a palette knife to help separate the acrylic from the shelf paper. As you can see
I succeeded in getting it off in one piece.

The top picture is the front view after removal
And below is the back side. It is translucent from the front  The back is actually the paint that was on the board. the white opaque is some of the shelf paper that came up with the acrylic.
If you are viewing this on a phone you probably don't see the video on the right that shows a time laps of the removal process
 here is the link to you tube
 this painting is available on my web site here

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Aleatoric cards

This year's cards started out as full sheet watercolor paper paintings in acrylic and then, when dry, folded and torn in half until I get 16 cards from each sheet. The process is random although I do control the flow of the wet paint to some degree using gravity, a hair drier and a spray bottle. Sometimes near the end I do use my fingers and maybe a tool. The cropping is random because the final image depends on what image ends up on the torn pieces. These pictures are of the two full sheet papers before I began tearing them

Follow this link to see this years cards. Some are location paintings done over the last few years

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fripp Trip : Some Location Paintings

 this is a close up and long view of the scene it was misty and foggy.  The tide was low when I started the painting but this was during the supper full moon and the tide flooded the marsh more than I have ever seen
here is the resulting 7 x 5 acrylic on paper of the crab dock

the reference shot here is the same place but from 3 years ago  The morning of this painting it was misty and foggy with very little light

this shot is from later in the morning when th sun started to burn off the fog.
another sketch from the same scene
 late in the day we went to the beach and did  this small  a  7 x 5  on panel
this was done mostly wtih the palet knife.  It is a chalenge to paint this small with the knife but this day it was also blowing about 30 and the the surface and my palette were full of sand.  It gives the painting and interesting texture.
 here is a progress shot and the finished painting on my favorite watercolor paper Fabriano rough
done with mostly palette knife sitting on the beach

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

#78. Friday painters, Paynes Prairie again

 This is where it began. I actually started painting before there was any light coming into the foreground.  The whole scene was in shadow at 8:30 am. This photo shows some violet/gray in the shadows in the right foreground leading back up under the tree that the camera phone adds. It adds a nice cool complement to the orange of the grass.  If I paint this scene again I will start with this reference photo.

I chose this scene because there was something other than green in it. I have since learned ways to add variety to green by changing color and not value. That will have to wait for the next painting

Looking at the painting after the first session, I see the values of the shadow shapes are not dark enough.  The background and foreground are the same value.  I need to push the distance back more with lighter and cooler tones. Those distance trees should be almost as light as the water.  There are too many small light and dark shapes within each of the value zones making it look choppy and flat

 This is the beginning of the second day on this painting.  It's overcast and no direct sun. But I have already decided what I need to do and in this photo I have started to push the background back by smoothing out the shapes and adding cool colors.

 I adjusted the edges, shapes and values on location and back at the studio.  This is the finished piece  8 x 10 oil on panel "Lake Wauburg"
 Here is it framed in a float frame

Monday, May 04, 2015

# 76 Oil and Wax Demo

I started on a panel covered with Q gold acrylic

I didn't get any pictures of the step by step due to paint on my hands but the video shows it pretty well

 This is pretty much as far as I got on this in the 2 hours of the demo.  This is mostly daylight  so the colors are fairly correct
I Spent probably another 2 hours on it at how  The above shot was taken in the shade on a sunny day makeing the colors seem cooler.

This photo was taking indoor under mostly incandescent daylight bulbs.  The color is much warmer.  I think the warm version is closer to the truth

#75 cold wax demo

This is a demo I did for the cold wax and oil technique I sometimes use   It's on the Brad Teare blog with a link back to here.  I'm not sure this will work so if no video shows up let me know.  The finished Painting that I started here is  framed and hanging at Soma art supply and is available

Friday, May 01, 2015

# 77 - Friday Painters. Painting at Paynes Prairie

 These are out of numerical order but I wanted them to be in the correct time line.  This is the first time I have painted out here and I really the first time I worked with this new paint box.  I say new,  I have been working on it for some time  but it's new because I haven't used it with oils. 

This is the scene I was working from  
 This is the under painting done mostly in burnt sienna.  I just started to add some color when I had to stop
 The second session was also about 2 hours and I added the color.  I'm not happy with the composition . I feel like the foreground tree cuts the picture in half and disrupts the eye from moving through the picture.  I still need to work on the grass in shade. and tone down some of the bright yellow grass in sunlight. Those 2 shapes need to be joined.   the light side of the trees is also still just the underpainting and needs to be in shadow or at least not in bright sunlight. I think it needs to be grayed down a little. 

I finally got to show it to the Friday painters group this week. I still haven't made any changes. they all seem to like it the way it is. even though my criticism of the center tree cutting the picture off.  it didn't seem to bother them. I'll edit this post again when I get some more work done on it

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Friday Painting

I got to go out and paint with a group that paints on Friday mornings. It was fun and challenging. I didn't get the painting finished in the 2 hours we had but I got about as far as I ever have in an outdoor situation.  First problem is to get the drawing right.  It's hard to narrow down the scene to one area and to get that one part of the scene placed on the page is always the hard part for me.
 I took this photo at the time but it's mainly useful for the pattern of darks and lights.  The colors have to be taken from life. Cell phone cameras are especially bad at getting correct color.   I still have allot of work to do on the main trees and the water and water line but this is a good start for me with just 2 hours to work.  This is an 8 x 10 panel and I was using oil. 

There were several others out painting that day many people got some nice work done. ;

Monday, March 23, 2015

Melrose paint out Open Air Arts

Well as usual what I want to do and what I have to do are not the same things.  I wanted to use the pictures I took of the process of painting out in Melrose to do some step by step posts but I simply don't have time.  So I'll just post the paintings and maybe later I can come back and do some "show and tell"

 I'm putting these 2 together because they are the same painting shot in different light   The top is in the gallery with a mix of daylight and incandescent  The bottom is outside.  A warm and cool version. As is the case with all paintings, the light determines the colors you see   "behind the gallery  5 x 7 60.00 framed

I did 2 painting from the same value sketch of the same scene The one below was the first and is very thin paint. the one above is thick oil and wax . Both are on 8 x 10 panel and are selling for 175.00 framed
This one was more complicated than I thought it would be.  But I like the way it came out,.  It's the corner of "Quail and Park" oil and wax on panel 8 x 10  175.00 Framed

I started this one on the way home on the last day.  I was at the scene when I did most of the painting  but the sky was cloudless so I put the sky in from a photo of the same scene taken the day before.  "Wind and Clouds " is oil and cold wax medium an 8 x 10 on panel  and is 175.00 framed. One of the problems with paint outs is the speed at which everything has to happen.  I wasn't able to get a good shot of most of the work I did. this one is more saturated orange yellow in the grasses and foreground greens are not as gray.  The sky is about right.  They are all still at the Melrose Bay Gallery until the end of April. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

cold wax in a tube

One of the minor problems i encountered with leaning to work with cold wax is that it comes in jars. Which is ok in the studio but I found myself contaminating the clean wax with color when digging it out of the jar with a knife. I also didn't like the big blob of wax on my palette. Again, i was contaminating it with color as i try to use it to mix with paint. When painting on location, the jar is really inconvenient. Bulky to carry, easy to contaminate the entire container, you need two hands to open and close it, it dries out if left open and I'm sure there are more. So here is my solution. Take an empty toothpaste tube and cut the bottom off, rinse it out well, dry and use a knife to load it from the bottom with cold wax. Tap in on the bench to force the wax to the "business" end of the tube. Roll up the end and clamp it shut. Now it's easy to lay out a line of wax on the palette in small, or just the right amounts, as needed. Clean and fresh wax every time.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Oil And wax

This next series of posts  are going to be about a workshop I am taking  with Cindy Walton in the use of cold wax medium with oil paints. First step is to buy or make panels. So I bought a sheet of quarter inch birch plywood and cut it up into 8 by 10s and 16 by 20 pieces. I gave them two or three coats of Liquitex gesso.
The studio in Asheville
Cindy Walton and one of our classmates

Getting started. the name of the game is to mix the cold wax with the oil paint and put down layers of paint that we can then dig into or texture
It's all about layers.  I didn't want to get my phone full of paint so I didn't leave it out to take a lot of pictures of the step by step

This became
this which became
this   "Ankle Deep" 8 x 10 panel
I had a little bit of trouble wth the layers not putting them on thin enough.  but I kept trying and kept on going on
there's probably three layers on this one now with the dark blue on top.
With more paint this  became
this which then became
 and finally this

I worked on this one above and on the  right below with several layers and carved back to get the line
Which became this
 these are the same level of completion but shot in different light.
I finally finished it after several more steps

the one below has only 3 layers and the center was textured area was a blending of the first 2  the blou and the green are on top of that. 
 I did some finishing touches back at the studio.  I don't like the lack of contrast and detail in the green area.
 this blurry shot is the only one I have of the early stages of this 5 x 7
 It progressed to this stage. these are not as abstract as I was really shooting for and I was sort of breaking Cindy's rule of "don't make the unfinished pieces too precious. just keep layering and removing, adding and subtracting, " I failed in that regard because all my "finished " pieces look like landscapes to me
In fact, this one is inspired by my memory of the river across the street from the studio.
But I think everyone is going to use this medium differently and I love the way it feels under the knife so I plan to explore it's use in the field as well as some more abstract studio work.
 This is another 5 x 7  I managed to get shots of more of the steps in this one. Later in the day I started to get more confident in my ability to just experiment and not think of a finished piece or to even see a finished piece as I went along.  Just looking at it and thinking " what does it need "

I did sign it and shot it in this frame but that doesn't mean it's finished . in fact I did work on it some more and change the orientation to portrait.  it's now framed in a black float frame

ryone's screen is different so there is no telling what colors you are actually seeing compared to the real color in daylight.  all these pictures were shot with the Galaxy s5 so if you are viewing them on that device you are seeing the closest I could come to the actual color, saturation, and contrast using the on phone editor. ( my desk top is way off, my old ipad is close)
below is a shot of pork loin being a grilled in the fireplace. It came out great what a cool idea for a winter grill. It was a great trip and I learned a lot