Monday, August 18, 2014

5-value study of Ken's corner

Here's Ken's corner. He practices classical music every night... It's too bad my musical side is too weak/underdeveloped to have a full appreciation of his playing.

I thought this would make a successful painting. I tried (twice) to use colors that would match these values, but apparently that is not enough... :-)
5-value study of Ken's corner.

Friday, August 15, 2014

5-value study of the goose fountain

Here is the goose fountain again, but this time instead of 10 I used 5 values.

The 5-value study forces me to simplify the values that I see into the 5 paint values I have. The result has a stronger value pattern/contrast and it shows the slight better. I should keep that in mind when I paint with colors...

5-value study of the goose fountain.
10--value study of the goose fountain.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

5-value study of a fountain

Same fountain again (in Lasdon Park, NY), this time I used only 5 values instead 10 values. It forces me to make decisions and simplify value patterns.

I'm happy with this one and I think I'll leave this fountain alone for a little while :-)

5-value study of a fountain.
My subject for the study.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

5-value study of the Nina ship in Newburg

Here's a 5-value study of an old ship replica. This one is Nina and it was docked at the Newburg Marina.

I settled to paint the bottom part of the boat to avoid painting all the straight lines. I was painting on the dock and it was moving

5-value study of Nina.
At the end of the session at the Newburg Marina.

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"