I was experimenting with the optical mixing of colors in the foreground and the "vibration" effect of the color n the sky.
It was so cold this morning that my paint froze on my palette.
Tomorrow I'll bring my oils...I don't think they'll freeze.
I was inspired by the sky this morning. It was rather cold and not many people were out walking till the painting was almost done.
I have mixed feelings about oil. I like that the color remains the same wet or dry. But I find the texture inconsistent. Some buttery some gooey some too stiff to work without medium. Plus the drying time is so inconsistent. And when the painting is finally dry it could go chalky in some parts and glossy in others....a problem remedied by varnishing....but the painting will likely be sold by the time it's ready for a coat of varnish.
Brr, it was cold down by the water this morning. As I was painting a passerby warned me that I was becoming trapped by the tide. No real danger....just wet feet and muddiness. Gotta respect nature. Was the tide that brought in those tree roots in the painting.
What a glorious day we had. The sky was amazing. The sea was green. Everyone was out enjoying the spring like day. People were friendlier than usual and many people came over to see what I was painting. This little painting didn't really come together till the very end. The first few people asked if they could look and then either smiled sympathetically and said nice. Or someone even said hmmm and walked off. But in the last few minutes when it came together in a few bold strokes the onlookers made sounds of approval.
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I did this little figure study today at Goward house. I premixed the flesh tones ahead of time. I found this worked well as I wanted to finish the painting in one sitting. I used a limited pallet to do my mixtures and brought along a few extra colors such as magenta just in case. I think there is pretty good color harmony. And I like the overall composition. Though her proportions could be adjusted.
I did it! I broke up the horizontal line running through the foreground. I also kicked up the value contrasts and warmed up the white reflections on the water. I really like silhouette and back lighting.
This was fun to paint. I set out late and the sun was setting and the sky was dark with clouds. But I loved the oranges. Then it started spitting rain and no umbrella or light. I liked the result in spite of the raindrops on the paint. The foreground not so good.
Here's a little oil with my water soluble oils. I used only water to thin the paint. I was using Artisan brand and I'm now trying Lukas Berlin brand and I really like the latter. They are buttery like quality traditional oils. The Artisan tend to be too pasty and not buttery.
As far as the painting goes....I'm still learning.
This is Henry the Heron, year round resident of Beacon Hill Park. He came right up to me and posed. I caught his expression. I'm told that he's been a resident of Beacon Hill Park since he fell from his nest 15 years ago and people from a nearby apartment rescued him.
It was cold and snowy today and I didn't even poke my head outdoors. I did this based on a small sketch from an alfresco paint out the other day at mount doug. That morning was rainy and there was a pinkness to everything.
Here's the pleinair I did yesterday with the Alfrescoes. It's 16X20, acrylic. I felt influenced by Emily Carr and I wanted to do one in her style. But the plein air fell short of that so I used the sketch to create one after her style today in my studio.
I like it. I can sure see Emily's art in the landscape.
I stood in the misty rain painting this at James Bay Community Garden this morning. This is from a small raised bed that has a little sign in it not to pick (Meaning the flowers, I guess. The sign is cute though).
I used a variety of artist acrylic paint including Golden Open...I wouldn't have used this brand on a rainy day but I wanted magenta and it was what I had.
Sometimes I love a rainy day. I have this luxury because I have a warm dry place to go when my painting is done.
This morning's effort looking towards Fonyo Beach from Holland Point. It was cloudy but can you feel the sun trying to break through.
As I type this the sky is clear and the sun shining.
If you don't like the weather just wait a few minutes eh.
I used a limited pallet on this: Cad red mid, Ultramarine, and cad yellow light, plus titanium white.
It was so windy today that I was easily tempted by Peggy's offer of three oriental poppies from the community garden. I still want to add a few touches to this painting. I want to add the dark purple centre of the closest poppy and add some lighter and darker shadows in the blue background.
Yeah, I did say I wouldn't touch my paintings after I got them home but this one had drips from the rain. So I made a few changes. I blued the distant background and added some warms to the foreground.
It was pouring rain this morning so I didn't go out to do a plein air in the James Bay Community Garden this morning. But I did pick this little brown eyed daisy (from out side the fence) yesterday. Didn't have a proper vase but I love wild flowers in jars.
Well, I was just dying to try my new Winsor and Newton Artist Acrylics. They claim no color shift from wet to dry. This is my finding: They don't have color shift but I find that even the opaques are more transparent than they should be. Even the cads and titanium white. Also, when I squeezed my brand new cad red a lot of pure acrylic polymer fluid came out so there was separation. This was a brand new tube of expensive paint so maybe isn't binding as good as it should.
In spite of these cons I will give the W&N a second chance because I have been so dissapointed with the color shift in my Kroma Acrylics. It is most noticeable in my landscapes. I paint a nice bright sunny day painting and then when the paint dried it looks like I was painting an overcast day because of the acrylic paint darkenning as it dries.
This is today's effort at a life drawing afternoon with the Victoria Sketch Club. I had decided in advance to do a loose painting after Modigliani. This sitting would only be an hour and I didn't want the pressure of an attempt at realism.
When I left the Sketch Club I was decided upon wiping off the canvas when I got home to reuse it for better work. But as I was toting the painting across the parking lot my neighbor's little boy (5ish) said he really liked it. I take the opinions of children on art seriously so I'll not take the rag to it.
I did this little plein air knife painting today in the inner harbor. It was a gray day and I think I captured this in this little gem. This little boat has been moored there the past few days...and maybe will be there for the winter so I'll get more chances to paint it.
I'm practicing knife painting. I like the texture and my patrons are demanding empasto. Also, there's the bonus of not having to clean brushes. Knife painting is my new exciting challenge. If I can manage to master the technique I'll be forever content. (Maybe)