Friday, October 17, 2014

Waiting for Fall - oil on panel, 16x20 inches

Waiting for Fall
16x20 inches, oil on panel
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It is still very warm and green here as I'm writing this in the middle of October. I painted this in five 2-3 hour sessions, taking it out to the motif every morning this week around 9 AM.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mallard Cove Barn - oil on canvas board, 11x14 inches

Mallard Cove Barn
Oil on canvas board, 11x14 inches
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I worked this up from a plein air study I painted. The plein air piece was just a little too "truthful" in its coloring, and I wanted something more subdued. So I started over using the original painting as a reference, and did this one using ivory black, titanium white, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and Indian red. The black serves as a greyish-blue, and makes green when you mix it with yellow ochre. This palette did a better job at making the subtle colors you see when facing east (i.e., away from the sun) at sunset.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Autumn Heat - oil on panel, 16x20 inches

Autumn Heat
oil on panel
16x20 inches
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This is what autumn looks like around Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, where I live. As I'm writing this (in first week of October) the leaves haven't started to change color for fall yet. And it's still in the 90s for the high temperature every day!

Meteorology aside, I loved all these long, sweeping lines and exploited as many as I could to compose this painting. The reflections in the water were stunning as well.

I'm looking forward to doing some "proper" autumn paintings in the next few weeks, as things start to change color.