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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Planing a studio painting, using all materials for reference

  Lately I have been trying to plan a painting of  a rocky out crop  near our ranch In Dutch Valley.  It has caught my attention for  years, as I I have seen it in all times of day and light.  It can appear very interesting.  I have recently done a plein -air if it in pastel.  It was a struggle, I washed the surface off and tried again in my studio using photos I had taken that day.  I was not to successful.  I have gone back since for more photo's, and will continue to do so.  I just am not sure of the right way to view it.  From down low,  or from equal elevation looking at it from across the draw,   morning, evening or what?   I would like to come up with a composition, then use all my materials for an indoor work with oils-----So to that end I proceed.
       Today, using photo's and the first plein-air, I painted with Gouache on stretched Grey toned Canson Mi-teintes, which is a wonderful paper.  Since it had been stretched, then dried over night,  I could use plenty of water while painting and not get any warps or wrinkles----This is how it came out----         I didn't like the lower tree, so I wiped out the paint.   I paused to think what to do----I like that gouache paint dries so quickly. 

                                             I decided, since this is a fact finding effort, also a learning effort for both compostions and mixing color using white, that I didn't do to badly.  I feel I learned a lot, and decided to go ahead with corrections and plans for a future painting, using my pastels.  They really did help me go head and continue planning.  This is where I stopped. 
                           Thursday, I get a lesson in oils  with Ray Freeman, and hope to use this as a subject.  I have many pictures, and am still doing thumbnails with pencil for a better composition.   Using gouache today as it snowed outside my  window was fun and I plan to use this paint again.   I do really like the canson papers for pastels , too.   I experiment with many surfaces.


  1. Sounds like your determined to paint this scene! I enjoy your process of figuring things out. Have been enjoying your plein air paintings as well. Great work, Ida.

  2. This paint makes interesting granulating textures! Looks like you had fun.

  3. Thanks to both Ron and CArolyn for your coments. Its always fun to see if anyone had been here to see what I have been up to! And your input means a lot to me, thanks