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Hello again painting fans.

This week I will be continuing with painting of the Cold Spring, New York house.  The photo that I will be using is seen directly below. I will be using my usual acrylics on an 8x8 gallery-wrapped canvas.

 When last seen, the painting appeared as it does in the photo seen directly below.

Since that time I have continued to work on the painting.

I've spent considerable time revising the structure, much of that realigning the left side.  I realized that the rooflines of the turret and left-facing gable were not in line.  I have adjusted both elements a bit to get things right.  They now stand together in line.  While I was on that side, I revised the chimney with a highlighted section in a pinkish color.  The highlights on the left side of the building were also overpainted and are now a bit brighter.  Above, I've started to overpaint the roof but this will require some additional work.  The small gable in the  turret has been given some detail and the shadows revised.  These will also require more work.  The second story windows of the turret have been respaced.  Finally, the front steps have been started but will also need more work.

The current state of the painting is seen in the photo directly below.

I'll have a more progress to show you next week.  See you then.

Earlier paintings in this series can be seen here.

Originally posted to ArtKos-Kossack Artists on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA.

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  •  Paint me... (13+ / 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 Jul 18, 2014 at 05:05:29 PM PDT

  •  Good morning! (8+ / 0-)

    All those alignment and perspective challenges are precisely why I tend to shy away from painting structures. Looking good, and the sense of air and space is coming along very well.

    I tackled a painting of dramatic summer clouds from a photo I took last year. We tend to get spectacular late afternoon/evening thunderstorms frequently this time of year, and the contrast between the brilliantly lit peaks of the clouds and the dark underside is often very striking.

    I decided to go big, using an 18 x 24" stretched cotton canvas, and tried to paint as quickly as I could to avoid getting too fussy. I first toned the whole canvas pink/magenta using oil paint slightly thinned with Gamsol, then started roughing in the big cloud and sky masses:
    Chance of showers 1

    Next I tried to get the clouds right, with the brilliant sunlit peaks against darker nearer clouds and the ominous cloud bases:
    Chance of showers 2

    Last night I quickly painted in the fields and trees at the bottom of the picture:
    Chance of showers 3

    This morning I finished up with some refinement of the fields/trees, some foreground grasses, and a hint of rain slanting down in the distance:
    Chance of showers 4

    Lots of fun overall, quicker and looser than I usually paint. I'm tempted to tackle more sky and cloud studies because they're so enjoyable. We don't really have dramatic mountains around here like they do out West, so clouds are the next best thing.

    •  Very dramatic! (5+ / 0-)

      Those are some scary clouds.  They're a nice contrast to the scenery below.  And the scale of the trees makes the contrast even greater.  It's almost like a reminder of the power of mother nature.

      Looser is good.  I tried to do it with this house and have been somewhat successful.  

      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 Jul 19, 2014 at 06:36:36 AM PDT

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      •  That was exactly my goal; (2+ / 0-)
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        I actually love thunder & lightning storms, and the dramatic cumulo-nimbus clouds that boil up in the afternoon in the summer are really something to see. Still trying to get the hang of depicting that subtle pink/orange you get in the highlights contrasting with the dark violet/blue underside.

        This year we've had several rounds of violent weather in our area with torrential downpours, flash floods, and wild winds. Global warming is really a thing.

        As the saying goes, "mother nature always bats last".

  •  Computer "painting" (2+ / 0-)
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    Your painting reminded me of an architectural piece I just put together in Adobe Illustrator. (see here: http://maiseyp.tumblr.com/...  .... I hope that link to my tumblr account works) Perhaps I will get back into painting again. I started off as a fine artist and then worked for over 30 years in commercial art. Now retired and trying my hand at getting back to more of the fine art area.

    History never repeats itself, but it often rhymes. Twain

    by maisey on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 09:08:38 AM PDT

    •  Sounds like fun! (2+ / 0-)
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      Many of the best landscape painters working today (like Dennis Doheney) started as illustrators and commercial artists, because their technical skills are subsequently so good.

      •  I like the looseness in your landscape painting. (1+ / 0-)
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        I still find myself going with the familiar mouse and tablet ... perhaps some landscapes in nice, smooshie oils would be a good thing to try next.

        History never repeats itself, but it often rhymes. Twain

        by maisey on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 12:15:04 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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          I started as an avid landscape photographer, then tried playing with my photos using Corel's Painter program. But somehow I could never do anything useful with it, even with a good drawing tablet. And using Painter to digitally paint stuff from scratch...eesh.

          So oddly enough I backed into oil painting after trying acrylic, which I picked up because I was so frustrated with digital painting.

    •  That's a cool image! (0+ / 0-)

      Feel free to post more.  I hope that the transition back to fine art goes smoothly for you.

      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 Jul 19, 2014 at 08:03:57 PM PDT

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