Sunday, January 20, 2008

Evening Service


I started this painting Friday with the intent of doing something different in color and just getting out of a comfort zone. Instead of my usual choice of colors I decided to use the invasive thalo blue, napthol red, and a few supportive colors. I finished it up Saturday with a little more contrast and a color contrast with a warmer color in the sky. My underpainting wich drove the darker approach was thalo blue and burnt umber. Not much fuss and completed it under 3 hours.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fall Trees


Fall Trees was a quick study I did before working on a series with similar composition and color. What I like about some of the small studies is that the brush work is so free. And because of the time constraints, it becomes a no fuss put it down and leave it alone. The challenge is to carry this look to the larger, in studio works.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Blue Sky


Another in the series of "painting a day" from the same workshop of the previous painting. This was done back in the studio this summer with the sole intent of being more abstract. Similar composition, but using that and the subject as a starting point and looking at interesting shapes and color contrasts. The underpainting was cad orange with no attempt to cover the entire surface. The spots of color tend to pull the shapes together.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Morning Mist


This was a small study I did back in the studio. I was in a plein air painting workshop 2 years ago when three of us got up early enough to find this small pond with the morning mist. It was a race to capture the moment before it burned off in the morning sun. I took several photos and have done several studies altering the color slightly.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Late Afternoon


This was another "painting a day" I did this last Summer. It was done on cradled masonite. On this one, I rolled the gesso on instead of a brush. I liked the texture and adjusted the way I applied paint.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Light Show


I started this painting 2 weeks ago with an adjustment in my color choices. The sky came together in the first hour of painting and set the tone for the rest of the work. I like the contrast of the warm and cool blues and the contrast of the sky and foreground.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Light Show Study

Oil on Cradled Masonite

OK...for all of you Painting a Day artists, this is one of a series I have been working on for the past year. Inspired by Carol Marine, I found the exercise a great way to explore color and compositional ideas before committing to a larger canvas. I also discovered the painting surface makes a big difference in the final look. The cradled masonite is the surface here with a liberal coating of gesso. The paint slides rather than grip the surface, so I had to learn to go with it.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Carol's Garden

This is a painting I did last year in April at the Indiana Plein Air Painters paint out in New Harmony, Indiana.