I painted this study from reference photo I took earlier this spring while I was painting at the Carlsbad flower fields. I had to pull out the lemon yellow and cad orange to get the colors where I wanted them.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I didn't intend to paint this, I had a different composition all set up and ready to go but I saw the green apples at the store and just felt like green would be fun to paint. But it's not really about the apple, I was trying to get the focal point working and the apple was just the back up singer. There was the fading light too, so I tried to be frugal and deliberate with my brush strokes. And let there also be harmony.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This study is from a photo I took last year at the Scripps Aquarium in La Jolla while at a Green Flash concert sponsored by KPRI. It was a beautiful sunset, one of the rare evenings when the marine layer didn't come in, a stunning sunset. The concerts are held on the back patio overlooking the ocean, a very small venue for such good bands and season tickets are next to nothing.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Quick watercolor sketch of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - Point Loma. I took this photo several months ago along with other photos of the cemetery. A breath taking and humbling place.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By the time I got home from the market, all but one of these peonies had opened up entirely. I used a big brush for this entire painting, a size 7 Rosemary brush, which is about a 1/2 inch across. I wanted to keep it fresh, to minimize the brush strokes yet capture the delicate characteristic of the splayed petals.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Reds, rustic, reds. A simple exercise of blocking in the masses. Painting all of the grapes as one shape and then coming back in to add some definition and then some changes in value and color at the focal point, and lastly adding some highlights.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
It was a beautiful morning in San Diego, and I was on my way to somewhere else when I drove by the Presidio and saw the light and shadow at play - I just had to stop. I had all of my gear with me so I found a good spot in the parking lot and set up next to my car - I had to do this fast because the sun was on the move, and creeping around to the front of the facade.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
White is rarely, if ever just white. Next to the lemon wedge, you could say that the cups lack color but if you look at the cups alone, it becomes clear that I added green, purple, blue, pink and other colors. And this goes for the shadows as well. The Impressionists were known for introducing color and light into shadows instead of painting them just flat and dark.
Now that Minnesota has had it's last snow fall for the season (last week), I don't find their weather report as interesting so I have been bouncing around, WGBH, which is a 'classic' classical station, home of the Boston Pops is always good, and more recently I discovered KMFA, a classical station out of Austin. They have a very eclectic and interesting playlist.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Liquid and glass offer many opportunities for reflections of light and color, then add in shadows, cast and form, and you have so much to explore. I kept this one loose all the way through the painting, from foreground to back. The underpainting is a mix of yellow ochre and cad red light.
On another note - I got some feedback on my blog post from last night, about Buddha, the definition and the practice from a little renowned spiritual expert, and I am now looking forward to diving into some new reading material. Everything's better with Buddha (or is it butter)?
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Look at this Omaha Artichoke! Some can reach six inches across and this one almost does. It was poised, in a meditative state, a wide and contemplative vegetable Buddha. Buddha is known as the 'Awakened One', someone who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and sees things as they really are. A dailly practice and a noble goal. And seeing things as they are is a constant challenge in painting - if we painted using only our eyes, this would be so easy.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Reflections and lost edges. The new palette gave way to some nice reflections in the silver. And the soft edges of the pear, and even lost edges were fun to play with. I have a million still life props, and there are lots of pears at the market these days - different shapes and sizes and they so love to have their portraits painted.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
This study is of a shed at the Rancho Penasquitos Reserve, where the Adobe Ranch House is located. I chose to paint this scene instead of the ranch house to get into some greens, and there was plenty. I changed my palette this week and wanted to see how the greens would work with it. It was an interesting exercise.
Regarding the change in palette, I am experimenting with the following colors; Cad Yellow Medium, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Light, Cerulean Blue and Ivory Black. I consider it a modified Zorn. First thing I did was make 5 color charts which you can see below. I had not done this before and everywhere I looked people pointed to Richard Schmidt's book - Alla Prima. So, since I don't have that book, I kept searching and I found a very good 'how to' here, by Clayton Beck. I substituted the colors I wanted instead of those he listed. COLOR CHARTS ARE FUN! I didn't buy any pre-made formatted charts, I just used Arches Huile-Oil paper, 140 lb. I didn't put down any tape either, I just wanted simple so I drew the grid in 1" squares and started mixing away with my first color - with a palette knife. I would say it took about 3-4 hours for all 5 charts. And I look at them frequently to see which values I want to use, which color I want. Great exercise and great reference tools. I plan to do a daily painting/study, a '30/30' challenge for a month, to play around with the palette, see what I can learn.