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  •  The shadows & windows look great Boran; (9+ / 0-)

    Almost an Ed Ruscha vibe working there, which goes with the Southwest location. I really like it.

    Last Sunday I started another plein air oil painting. This time I just stood in the middle of my driveway facing east, as I liked the view through the branches of the cottonwood tree that has shot up next to the drive. The fields are all filled with goldenrod, which makes for interesting colors.

    Unfortunately I got a late start, and as always was a bit optimistic about how much I'd finish before the light changed too much. I stood in the shadow of the cottonwood so I could see the 9 x 12" primed masonite board I was painting on, along with my palette, without too much sun glare. After about 2 and 1/2 hours the sun had moved so high overhead I had to quit for the day, leaving me with this:
    Summer driveway

    I got the distant trees and the sky pretty well, but the fields are too yellow and featureless, the driveway is 'off', and the cottonwood too brown rather than greyish like it really looks.

    This morning I glazed over the fields with some medium and viridian to knock them back a bit, and added some warm yellow textured strokes to the nearest goldenrods. I corrected the cottonwood trunk with cooler shadow tones, and added shadows to the distant trees. Finally I corrected the driveway colors and added a first pass of the cottonwood's shadow across the driveway. Still needs lots of work, but it's starting to come together. The fun part's gonna be the cottonwood's dense cloud of leaves I'll be painting at the end.
    Here's where I am this morning:
    Summer driveway 1

    •  Thanks for sharing that, Ralphdog. (4+ / 0-)

      It's fun watching your process.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

      by Dragon5616 on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 07:07:27 AM PDT

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    •  I like the way the driveway curves. (1+ / 0-)
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      And the foreground tree nicely contrasts with those to the rear.  Very effective shadows to the rear as well.  Looking forward to the next installment.

      I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

      by boran2 on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 05:46:59 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks! FYI, the wife & I.... (2+ / 0-)
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        boran2, RiveroftheWest

        just got home tonight after driving back & forth all day to see the exhibition of Hudson River School landscape paintings at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. Just a fabulous show, with great examples of the best work of all the big 'Hudson River' names (Cole, Durand, Kensett, Cropsey, Church). It includes all five paintings making up Cole's 'Course of Empire' series, which is not my cup of tea but he thought it was his most important work.

        The standout painting for me was Church's Cayambe, a mind-bogglingly beautiful large painting of a snow-capped South American mountain. The foreground tropical vegetation is so perfectly rendered in thick oil paint that it really jumps off the canvas in 3-D.

        I seem to recall you live downstate- it's worth the trip to see the exhibition before it closes Sept. 27th, if you haven't seen it elsewhere.

        •  Thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm in the Hudson Valley.  It would be a trip for us but I'll have to see if we could get up there.

          I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

          by boran2 on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 07:16:54 PM PDT

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