Sunday, March 25, 2012
we have packed up our stuff in borrego springs and are heading in a generally northeasterly direction. currently in prescott, arizona, to check out the art scene and see about golfing, weather,etc.. very picturesque place with the mountains almost surrounding prescott and the high desert on one side. there is a small artist community jerome near here that we are going to visit after our round today. tomorrow we are starting the longer more boring part of the rip as we trudge across into new mexico, the texas panhandle, oklahoma, kansas, and then north to la crosse. so no painting until we get home and settled.
Monday, March 19, 2012
at this point i decided to stop painting for this session and take stock of where we were. i like the painting part at this stage but i am regretting that the horses legs/hooves are missing off the bottom edge. i am happy that i avoided trying to cram them in and maintained the overall scale of reference, but still..... i don't think this is fatal flaw (as the aforementioned "cramming" definitely would have been) but something to file away for future paintings of this type. better overall planning early in the drawing phase would correct this.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
with the painting i started out on the face and head of the rider using a #4 round and the flesh colors of cadmium red light, yellow ochre, and cerulean blue. i tried to preserve the white highlights and for the most part succeeded. i usually also try to vary the colors of this shadow shape as i move along without paying much attention to the order of use but more to maintaining the correct value. a bit of negative shape using pure cerulean blue defines the hat shape and gives a bit of a tie-in along the hat band so it doesn't seem too isolated.
that's all for today. off to environs north to pick up our daughter and her friend from the airport in ontario, ca, for a 5-day respite from the cold and rain of the pacific northwest. unfortunately she is bringing some of her wretched weather with her for a day or two. oh, well.
just in time for my brother in law's 69th birthday. so it is off to his house to prepare his (and his spouse's) repast of pan roasted asparagus, grilled salmon, and rice pilaf and to present him with his birthday painting "mustang sentinel." bon appetit.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
before i get into the current painting let start with the "good news" segment. i received notification about a week ago that i had been juried into a solo exhibition at la crosse's pumphouse regional art center. the show will run from just after the first of the year (2013) until the end of february and will feature my portraits, figure and figure in landscape paintings. i am quite thrilled with this as there were a lot of really good artists who applied and to be chosen from this large and august group is a huge honor.
now on with our mustang. i corrected some small anatomical things that were bothering me on the horse by lifting, blotting, and repainting. i suspect that one would have trouble seeing the changes which only serves to accentuate that i was fussing and not really doing anything substantive for the painting. at least, i feel better! i worked some on the background and mid ground. using a #12 round kolinski brush i painted in some midground sage brush with earth colors and brown madder darkened and dulled with a bit of cobalt blue. the dark green bushes just to the right of and behind the mustang are painted with a combination of hooker's green, quinacridone gold, and burnt sienna. i scraped some texture into them with the palette knife. these were also used as a negative shape to define the yellow orange shrubs along the fence line which came off a little more insipid than i had intended so i darkened them with brown madder, quinacridone gold, and burnt umber. the fence posts were painted with cobalt blue and burnt sienna allowed to mix on the paper after applying with a #6 round sable. again, the texture was scraped in with the palette knife after a few minutes to allow the sheen to disappear from the wash. lastly for today i decided to push the mustang back into the scene a little by painting the dark green bush on the left in front of her rear quarters.this was done with the #12 round and the same colors as the other green flora. there really isn't much more needed at this point save a corresponding dark bush on the right side and maybe some scraggly remains of some barbed wire. since i have run out of time today i will have to finish this tomorrow. that being the case i will think about what is next in terms of projects, but i think it will be either a figure- or portrait-type painting.
|next steps on "mustang sentinel"|
Thursday, March 1, 2012
|actual has more contrast|