I no longer post to my blog, but it contains several years worth of short articles I've written regarding various painting tips, thoughts, and inspiration for pastelists and oil painters. I began the blog in 2011 simply as a resource for students I taught at my studio at the time. I stopped posting in 2018, but even though I've grown in my artistic journey since then, much of what I've shared here is still relevant, and therefore I've kept it visible for anyone who cares to skim though it.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Just a Touch of Sunlight, oil, 12 x 16
Rum River Glow, oil 11 x 14
Along with much of the US, the Atlanta, GA area where I live
has been unbearably hot the past few weeks. Sooooo, I thought it would be a
great time to break from the greens of summer, change up the color palette, and
cool off with some winter landscapes.
In Just a Touch of Sunlight, I wanted to capture the
slight glimmer of sunlight on the side of the barn and the grass to the right
of it. To get the effect I wanted, I found that I needed to add more grass to
the foreground than what was actually there.
Rum River Glow was a piece that I did several months
ago and set aside, knowing it needed changes. I talk more about that in an
earlier post. I rephotographed it since that earlier post and was able to
reduce the glare now that it's dry.
Speaking of photographing oil paintings, I photographed both
of these outside earlier today. I know that many artists prefer to photograph
their work outside. I normally shoot my work in my studio with spotlights. I
was always unsure if I could get even lighting with shooting outside. Since I
just finished Just a Touch of Sunlight yesterday, and used some
glazes, the glare was a big problem. And I needed to get a good shot of it today to
make a deadline for a show entry. So today was my first attempt at
photographing my work outside. I found it to be a great solution for the glare
problem on still-wet oils!