Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
The weather in our valley has been in the 40's for daytime, and sometimes windy. Not to cold, but I felt cold so didn't paint to much---began thinking about using a square format and making it work without becoming to static---and getting it to show "Hugeness" This little ranch is on 14 acres along hwy 88 in the Carson Valley and belongs to cousins--noone living there now or since the late 8o's. Plein-air painters have been seen lurking about painting this scene and I even saw the result of one in the Southwest Art Mag. by Kathleen Dunphy. This scene is painted looking south, hers was painting looking north. I will try this is plein-air , and problay will do it in all seasons. This one was from photos, and on Senniler Pastel card.
I will be out plein-air tommarrow and think I will try Oils! So 'till then, happy painting!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I had posted this on Wet Canvas, and read all the suggestions about making it better. While I had some things pointed out to me it was my plein-air painter friend that made the best observation. That would be Ray Freeman, a person who always puts compostion first. He told me two things I feel were important in improving this painting. First the lone sage in the lower left corner seemed to be isolated color wise----so I added more sage in front of the sunlit large rock and a bit in the middle ground. He also thought the line of the tops of the middle ground aspens with fall color was to identical to the top line of the mountain in the far background. I think this had bothered others as well, but we were not able to reconize what was the problem. So I changed that by getting rid of that line of trees on the left side of the compostion. I think I like this better and hope it puts a little more space into the scene. This one is 11 x 14, and on a firm board, 8 ply archival mat board that was coated with 2 coats of gesso--then goldens fine pumice gel. Made a great painting surface that was enjoyable to use and took watercolor very well. I will put this away, work on others then take another look at this and see if these changes hold up.
I must say the days are getting so short! And a lot cooler, we moved cows again today and shouldn't have to worry about them now for 2 weeks, then we move them to another pasture for the winter. I hope to get out there and do some plein-air in between things! Hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving !