Saturday, November 30, 2013

Visitor's Pass

Visitor's Pass”, oil on board, 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Sold.

I drove south on I-35 from Fort Worth to scout for a location to paint and came across this place on a county road. I pulled off to the side of the road, set up, and started the painting. It turned out I was outside the fence of some division of Halliburton, and they sent their security guard to see what I was up to. He was very polite and allowed me to continue painting, but after a while he came back and asked if he could register me as a visitor for the day. His superiors were paranoid about what I was doing there. Thus the painting's title, "Visitor's Pass." Pretty funny.

Painted with the earth color-ish palette shown above: white, yellow ochre, Indian red, ultramarine blue, and ivory black. All the colors in the painting were mixed from only these 5 pigments. They're similar colors to what Rembrandt might have had available to him (they did so much with so little!). As you can imagine, the blue + yellow doesn't give a very vibrant green. Another option to make green is black + yellow, which is still very subdued. I think it's useful for me to limit the palette like this sometimes to shake things up, so I'm not always relying on familiar mixtures.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Camping Cabin

Camping Cabin”, Weston Hobdy, oil on board, 9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm) $160 + $25 shipping (tax already included). Click here to purchase.

I loved the way the fall colors looked under the cloudy/overcast light. The structure is one of the little cabins that are spread around the campsites at Lake Bob Sandlin. I painted this while we were camping there.