|An Early Snow, 11 x 14|
Thursday, March 31, 2011
I took this photo about about a year and a half ago. The color in the photo wasn't very good, but sometime later I removed the color in Photoshop and realized that it worked great in black and white. It kept a good, clear range of values. So I challenged myself to work strickly from black and white on this painting and create my own color interpretation. An exercise like this does two things: 1) it liberates you from agonizing over matching any particular color, and 2) it forces you to depend strickly on value for your color choices, which always makes a better painting. I did this demo for a recent class thinking I'd have them work on the same exercise after a brief demo. However, they worked me to the bone that day and watched me work on my demo painting the entire time. What slavedrivers! ;-)
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
|Where the Dirt Road Ends, 5 x 7|
Monday, March 28, 2011
|Tree Portrait, 10 x 12|
Thursday, March 24, 2011
|First Light on the Hay Field, 11 x 14|
Completed this past week working from the
original painting (below).
|Three Hay Bales at Sunrise, 8 1/4 x 11 3/4|
Completed in 2002 from a glossy photo.
I thought it would be fun to redo an old painting from years ago, using only the original painting for reference. Since the original was done before I started using a digital camera, my original reference photo was a glossy print, which I always found to drown out my dark areas. Because of that, I didn't have good information to go on for my distant trees in my original painting. Although I mostly liked this piece, I didn't care for that dark band at the top in which I tried my best to hint at those trees. Since I've had this painting displayed in my studio for many years, I've had a long time to observe it, and many years of practice since I painted it the first time. I liked the overall composition and kept that, but wanted to add more depth and a bit more definition to the top portion. I thought having some sunlight peek through the trees to open up that area would do the trick. I also tried to add more richness to the color. As with most artists, my use of color has evolved over the years, moving away from strickly local color.
Friday, March 18, 2011
|Sunbathed Field, 11 x 14|
Friday, March 11, 2011
|Red Bucket on the Porch, 11 x 14|
Sunday, March 6, 2011
|Aspen Road at Sunset, 9 x 12|
|Original size (12 x 16) of the above painting |
before I trimmed it down.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
|Dirt Road, 11 x 14|
Class demonstration using an alcohol wash underpainting.
|Lead the Way, 8 x 10|
Done en plein air on a red background.