Monday, June 16, 2008

Daybreak Upper Bear Creek

Daybreak, Upper Bear Creek
Pastel, 24 x 18
Here is a new pastel inspired by the smaller one done several weeks ago. It started in a plein air class about two years ago when we were outside along Bear Creek during the summer. I never finished the smaller painting and had put it into storage while building my new art studio. When I took it out this spring, I decided that it needed a little something! So I changed it from full daylight into a sunset. It's fun to take out an old painting and feel free to experiment. After changing that painting into a low key, sunset painting, I thought it would be fun to try it again in a larger size. So the smaller painting inspired this larger painting! I changed my viewpoint so that I my horizon line moved up, and I changed my palette and key to sunrise instead of sunset. It was great fun to use the older painting as in inspiration and I think I will now take this painting as the inspiration for another version! I wonder how far I can take it?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Peonies on Red

Peonies on Red
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24
I haven't posted or painted in over a week! I've had company and have been getting ready for the Art Students League of Denver Summer Art Market which takes place next weekend (June 14th & 15th). I have a booth with two friends. This is the first painting I've had time to do in over a week. I tried to use the same techniques that I learned from the dvd by Robert Johnson (see my previous post). It was harder to do without the aid of the dvd, but I did try to use the same order of blocking in, painting in the dark background, establishing the darks and lights and using the fresh thick paint for my flowers. I'm pretty happy with the painting although it could use some refinement. There's a lot going on with all the flowers and leaves and the rug and I got a little overwhelmed at the end trying to finish it, so I think I better live with it for a while and then maybe I'll know what it needs. But it's been exciting to discover this wonderful painter and his book and dvds!