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  •  Paint me... (16+ / 0-)

    ...a picture of your thoughts.

    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 Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 05:44:44 PM PDT

    •  Sky color is spot on; feels like air and light. (9+ / 0-)

      A very promising start!

      I didn't get anything done earlier in the week, but this morning I started a new painting to try out a few new ideas. I've been reading this book by a painter whose work I have seen in galleries in Corning and Ithaca. I love his bold sense of color, so I figured I'd try something along those lines. It's based on a local vista looking uphill toward a farm about 2 miles from my home, but mostly it's invented out of thin air.

      I started on a 16 x 20" Masonite panel primed with Gamblin's oil ground. It's smoother and slicker than the usual acrylic gesso, and holds more brush texture from the priming stage.

      I started by indicating the main elements with some thinned transparent red oxide paint:Late day clouds and farm

      Next I roughed in the sky and some invented cloud shapes. My goal is to exaggerate the warm/cool color shift from the shadowed versus sunlit sides, and I'll be making more changes down the road.
      Late day clouds and farm 2

      Finally I roughed in the field and the farmhouse & barn along with some tree shapes along the field edges:
      Late day clouds and farm 3

      I'm looking forward to 'tuning' the clouds and adding highlights and volume to the trees. Fun stuff. I actually find it a lot harder to invent a painting out of thin air than to paint from a photograph, because you have to consciously follow the rules of natural light and color to get something believable. On the other hand, painting 'en plein air' is also challenging because all that sensory input tends to be overwhelming and you have to consciously simplify.

      •  Looking forward to seeing more progress. (2+ / 0-)
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        carolanne, Temmoku

        You seem to do well with invented scenes.  

        It's boring, but I prefer to paint from a photo even if it's only a starting point.  If I get into trouble I can always look at the photo for some guidance.  Frankly, things usually turn out better if I stay close to the way things are in the photo.  I haven't had lots of success with invented landscapes.  

        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 Jun 21, 2014 at 06:27:46 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks! (3+ / 0-)
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          boran2, carolanne, Temmoku

          I've seen videos of Brian Keeler painting, and it's both inspirational and depressing. He's been painting for so long, and is so skilled, he can construct a perfectly rendered imaginary scene from scratch in about an hour.

          I find that I get indecisive when I'm painting from imagination because I don't know where to go next. Gets easier the more I paint, though.

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