Monday, August 31, 2009

Libby Caldwell - Angel

16" x 20", Oil on Panel, $550

The mood I wanted for this piece was simple, classic, and calm. I chose 2 colors: raw umber and french ultramarine, and kept the paint thin and quite brushy. No re-working of any areas as it was painted on a slightly absorbent ground, giving me the fresco effect I was looking for.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Carol Marine - "Vibracolor Apples"

Carol Marine - "Vibracolor Apples" - 6x6in. - nfs

Recently I did an experiment with color where I put down random colors instead of the ones I saw. What I found is that as long as I kept the values accurate, I could make the colors whatever I wanted! This is something I had been wanting to try for a quite a while but something in me just couldn't let go of "reality".

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Michael Chesley Johnson - Late Summer Hues

As we get closer to the end of summer, the color of things change. Reds begin to show in the deciduous trees, and yellows begin to show in the grasses. On Campobello Island, where I live in the Canadian Maritimes, the marsh grasses have already started to change. A decidedly yellow cast has appeared, but still some subtle greens show. Here's a little sketch I did in oil yesterday to capture this transistional time. If you click to enlarge and then look at the grasses below the large tree shapes on the left, you'll see what I mean.

"Late Summer Grasses" 5x7, oil/panel

Monday, August 24, 2009

Libby Caldwell - Edge of the Garden

Oil on Canvas, 18" x 24"
As this painting evolved I painted out areas of background and foreground accentuating the figure. I wouldn't usually eliminate distance in a painting, but in this case I used the dark area as a sharp contrast against the sunlit flowers.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Michael Chesley Johnson - Painting Fog

On foggy days, what subject is best? Well, you certainly don't want to try painting a broad vista! When we have fog, I look for something colorful, like a boat or building, or a close-up view of the natural landscape. Even on the foggiest days, the world right at your feet often features a great deal of warm, exciting color.

Yesterday, we had persistent fog, so I took the workshop out to Herring Cove, where I knew there'd be some good color in the grasses. I did these two small paintings, playing with the composition but keeping the same palette for each.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Betsey Nelson-The Look Back

Betsey Nelson-The Look Back 10x8 oil on canvas $475
Sometimes simple subject matter makes the best paintings. The less said in the painting and the better said is important.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Michael Chesley Johnson - Sketching in the Field

Most of us don't sketch as much as we should. In a recent newsletter, Canadian artist Robert Genn remarked that he doesn't sketch anymore. (Read it here.) I, too, rarely find time to sketch. Time is so taken up with painting and the business of painting. But when I teach outdoor workshops, I always have my sketchbook with me. Partly, it's for doing thumbnail sketches in preparation for painting. But when the workshop is small, I often have time between visiting students at their easels to do a little drawing, too. I also find it useful to illustrate concepts for individual students when they're having some difficulty.

Above is one page from my sketchbook.

Monday, August 3, 2009

After a Dusty Rain

Oil on canvas 18x24
This is from a spot on the South Rim where I found myself in the rain after a day of painting. I ended up waiting and waiting to see if the sun was going to make that one last appearance where it shoots a beam of light up the canyon from under the clouds. Just long enough in this case to get a couple photos to interprete.
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