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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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
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
It started early in the morning when there was a thick fog that quickly burned off. It was a morning at the crabbing dock which always means lots of time to do a sketch or 2. This is a photo progression of an acrylic on 16 x 20 wood panel done mostly with the palette knife in the studio from a small 5 x 7 watercolor done on location. I used an exaggerated warm color theme also based on the theme used in the original sketch. This studio painting was not meant to be a realistic representation of the scene or a copy of the location sketch but an expression of the composition and colors used. A representational painting of this scene would have been mostly green and grey. The last 4 pictures show small changes. That's because in each case I thought I was taking the final shot only to realize it still needed more work. It might still need more work but it is framed and hanging in a show. In fact since this post I have adjusted tis painting 3 more times. The finished painting is on my site here
The See Birds painting is an abstract that evolved from canvas that had random marks on it. As I work on it ideas evolved. There was no pre-plan on this one other than what was on the canvas. I have been wanting
to do a series using the bird image but this painting was not a
conscious effort to start that. The bird didn't show up until late in
the process and at that point I changed the orientation to horizontal
and painted out the previous direction. The finished painting is still available here
The thick blue lines in the early steps is painters tape. There were some marks and lines I wanted to pres3rve from the original canvas but I ended up painting them out It did help me build the composition
The last image is a close up of the detail of the bottom bird image showing some of the thick texture and marks. This painting is available on my website in the Art department here.
Sometimes you just don't know where ideas come from. almost every painting has a story but it might not be a story about a place. Very often it's a story about a process
This is an on location painting I did sitting on the beach while visiting long island
This is my kit.
Even though this. Painting seems to be about the place it was really about practice I had no intention of selling it or even coming up with something sellable. but the people sitting in front of me overheard me talking about it with my friend and she wanted to see it. And then she wanted to know if I ever sold this kind of thing. well yes sometimes. how much would it be? I hadn't even thought about it. since it wasn't finished I told her a price about half of what I normally would get for a finished one and she said I'll take it. I was shocked. I think that was my first sale off the easel.