Friday, July 25, 2014

Value study of a fountain (again)

Same fountain as in the previous post, with a different view and different conditions. This time I painted the fountain with stronger value difference with a "faded" background. The water at the top is coming out from what looks like flutes that each boy is playing.

Now I see that the bottom pool is not quite in proportion with the other levels. I spent so much time on that part and couldn't figure out what was off...

Value study of a fountain (again).
At the end of the session... 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Plein air painting at Madam Brett Mill Park, Beacon

This was painted at Madam Brett Mill Park in Beacon. To the left there were nice falls, but these reflections in the water were "calling" me to be painted... 

"Untitled", Oil, 8 x 10"

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Value study of a fountain

I spent about two hours on this value study... I painted only one of the two boys at the top. At this angle it would have been confusing to paint both of them (for me and the viewer :-).

I couldn't figure out how to make the fountain stand out like the real thing. It was mostly in the shade but brighter than everything else around... I need to try this one again.

Value study of a fountain.
At the end of the session.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Value study of a statue of a women holding a basket of flowers

That was my effort for the day: a value study of a statue of a woman holding a basket of flowers.  The shoulders could be lower a little, but other than that, I'm pretty happy with the result.

Value study of a statue.
At the end of the session... my setup and the statue in the background.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Value study of a goose foutain

I have been doing some value studies recently. Here's one a "goose fountain" (not working at the moment). I dedicated a sketchbook for these value studies: Beta Sketchbook from Stillman & Birn. I use heavy body acrylic by Golden. I use carbon black, titanium white and 7 neutral grays (N2 - N8) in between. So no mixing, just dip the brush and apply. Sounds simple, right?... I spent about 2 hours on this one. :-)

Hopefully, I'll get better/faster at seeing value patterns and better plan my paintings. I'll try to stick to value studies for a little longer...

Value study of  a goose fountain (not working) :-)
Here's the real thing I tried to paint.
Part of my setup at the end of my session.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Celebrating Summer and RiverWinds 11th Anniversary

I'm very happy to announce that the following two paintings have been juried in the show Celebrating Summer.

WhereRiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St, Beacon, NY (map)
When: Jun. 12 - Aug. 4, 2014
Reception: June 12, 5 - 8 p.m. This is during the Second Saturday.

Impasse, Oil, 10 x 10"
Counting Waves II, Oil, 16 x 20"

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bear Mountain Bridge, Oil, 8 x 10"

I put aside my ocean/waves scenes for the plein air season (outdoor painting) which started a little while ago. I try to go as often as possible. It's challenging because on top of painting the scenery in a limited time you also have to deal with other elements: equipment, winds, sun, rain, terrain, bugs, wildlife, people who want to chat...   but it's the best way to learn how to see.

The conditions are changing fast and after 2 hours the initial scene looks completely different. So even though I limit my painting size to 8 x 10" I rarely finish a painting in one session. So if I feel the start has any potential, I may go back to the scene or try to finish it from memory and photographs (and the result is still not guaranteed :-). Otherwise I put it aside for a while (on the stack) and simply use it as a learning experience. Well... let me just stay that the "learning" stack is getting taller faster than the "finish" stack. You will probably not see those...

Here's one that I painted in the morning and finished in the studio from memory in the afternoon.

"Bear Mountain Bridge", Oil, 8 x 10"

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Impasse, Oil, 10 x 10"

Here a couple of birds on the beach. I believe they are Royal terns.

Impasse, Oil, 10 x 10"

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"Counting Waves II", oil, 16 x 20"

This is one of the first paintings from the seascapes series. I had to wait for it to dry before I made some corrections.

I really like the sand/mud color in the rolling wave. I believe the bird is a royal tern.

"Counting Waves II", oil, 16 x 20

Sunday, April 27, 2014