Monday, June 24, 2013

Historic Handley and Southside

These last few weeks I've been painting some locations around Handley and the Historic Southside area of Fort Worth.

Lancaster Building, Handley
Oil on panel, 11 x 14 inches.
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The morning sun striking the front face of this building really caught my attention.
Forest Avenue, Handley
Oil on board, 9 x 12 inches.
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The above is a painting of an old Masonic lodge.
Historic Southside #1, Fort Worth.
Oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches.
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The summer here is a force to be reckoned with. I did the above painting during a hot and humid 4 hour session. Even though we've lived here for a year now I'm still not used to the humidity, and it's quickly exhausting to be out painting in it.

These paintings were done with a more limited palette of yellow ochre, cad yellow, cad red, ultramarine blue, cerulean or Prussian blue, and titanium white. I've dropped viridian, alizarin crimson, burnt sienna, and red ochre to cripple my ability to make certain colors as high chroma as they appear in nature. I really want to focus more on drawing, value, and temperature shifts, so I think I'll continue with this palette for a while.