October 29, 2008
Along this stream above Great Falls, yellow leaves were everywhere. In my quest to break out of some patterns I'd gotten too comfortable with, I painted on a vertical canvas and put the emphasis on the color yellow. I have more work -- maybe a lot of work -- to go on this and I'm hoping to get back into it later this week.
October 27, 2008
The reflection of the log in the water first caught my eye -- the colors on this very chilly fall morning were what rooted me to this spot. Several ducks floated in and out of this little channel above Great Falls and I added a few to the scene.
My goal, based on looking at my recent work, was to paint without a horizon line. No vistas. Look at something close to me. I was only partly successful -- I ended up putting the water's edge not so far from where I've been placing my horizon line.
October 22, 2008
It was a really cold morning to paint!
One great reason to blog art is painfully evident by the work I've been doing at Swain's Lock. It's a place with the Potomac river, the C&O Canal, woods, long vistas..... and apparently, one very static horizon line. This is not something I'd been thinking about, but here it is, right in front of me -- a horizon set 2/3 of the way up the rectangle.
Time for a fresh approach.
October 15, 2008
Returning to Swain's Lock, I finished the painting started on Monday, adding red and trying to emphasize the distance in the painting. It was a brighter day and I worked in more pure color to make the painting less gray. I also had an old canvas of a painting I'd worked on near the spot where we were painting today, so I did a quick painting of the river with just a pair of trees in the foreground.
October 13, 2008
I had about an hour and fifteen minutes to paint today and no time to adjust the colors on my palette. So when I was asked "what color is missing?" I immediately answered "red." I need to go back later this week and see where the red fits in.
This painting started with a black and white underpainting, which I slapped onto the board in about 20 minutes. The morning was very gray, a bit misty, even. On the moments when the sun broke through, I had a completely different take on the scene.
October 7, 2008
Yesterday I added color to the Black & White painting from 2 weeks ago and started another black & white painting. I found the addition of color to the first one forced me to keep deep grays that I usually wouldn't have in my work. I liked the result, which is why I started on the second painting in black & white. The woman squatting with her dog was there for all of 2 minutes; her friend, seated on the planter edge next to her probably sat down for less than a minute. I waited, painted other quick sketches of others on the trail, but no one sat down to give me a chance to refine the posture of the person seated on the ledge. I'll be going back -- maybe bring my own model! -- to see if I can finish the underpainting and then put some color in another day.