3 Plein Air paintings from the last week or so. 12x9, 8x10 and a 6x12. I have a new brush that has opened up some expressive painting. I like these three because of the light, composition and that each painting is respective of the time and place of the painting. And it was a lot of fun.
It has been a while since I have posted. Haven't painted in either - Mom passing, weather etc. I've been plain air painting with my wife and with the Al Frescoes in Victoria few days. The last three I have painted have been fun to do so the time off may have been helpful. These shots are from a stream by Sooke Potholes.
Good news. The Gallery in Oak Bay Village has taken three of my paintings. I'm delighted to have some representation. Hope they sell. Thanks Dale!!!!
Limiting the pallet on this to practice painting values to create depth. The photo was taken on a trip to Drumheller, Alberta. Taken from the car while driving. I was driving my wife took the picture. Fun. Also trying the grey gesso'd boards.
Practicing with the Zorn Palette; Black, Cad Red Middle, Yellow Ochre and white. Self portrait. Also this is the first time working with a grey gesso on board. I did like it. I don't like white gesso. I usually end up tinting it, which led to uninspiring results. The grey is worth exploring. I'll be doing more of these. THe colour combinations are quite varied for a small colour palette.
Out with the Al Fresoe's December 10th. We were painting at Viaduct Flats, Victoria. Beautiful Morning. I favor a 6x12 (or proportionate) panel for some reason. The piece turned out. I am working on value differences. I lean to a darker value set in general. I have to make a pointed decision to check the value at each step of the painting. The back ground is dark to my eye it doesn't sit back in the panting. New brush in the box a Dagger from Rosemary and Co. in England. Beauty eh.
Glencoe Cove-Kwatsech Park, Victoria. Beautiful day but cold. I got a good start but brought it home to finish. Lucky to live in a environment that offers this kind of view.
Started this one last week. Oil on Panel. 18x24 from reference photos taken last summer in Jasper National Park.
This is a Plein Air sketch from November 24. View from Government House Victoria, BC. Looking towards Washington state.
All ready to start on another painting. The reference photo was taken this past summer while painting in and around Jasper with my wife. 18 x 24 oil. The middle photo is the view from our studio. I feel very fortunate to have this space to create in. Excited.
Island View Beach Park - 111717 - Out with the Al Frescoes. 8x10, 2.5 hrs. Beautiful morning. Fall colours: some bright and vivid and some dead or muted. Good practice.
Another fun Study. I kept the right side lighter - experimenting with the value range really. I sit looking at it now I see things I'd like to change. I have a very critical eye which has the potential for me to pick apart my work until I get sick of it. So, I have given up on perfection (at last), I stop and I move on. 8x10.
Fun study from a photo I took awhile ago. I like the shadows cast by the trees. 9 hours to complete. This feels more like a rendering than a painting. Interesting without any painterly umph.
Something new on the board. 10x20. Canvas, which isn't my preferred substrate, but, I told my self I had to use the supplies that were in my studio before I buy more. I am intrigued by trees, forests and the light in and around them. I'm focusing on the composition which is defined by the trees and their shadows. I'll post when I'm done. The goal is this week. I don't prime the canvas with a colour anymore. I saw it being done so I primed a few canvas's. I now used clear gesso on wood panel. The colour of the wood is a warm base on which build. I took the picture at a golf course by my house this past summer. I take my own reference photos now, I used to paint from the web but I find it cramps the creativity using someone else's vision.