Friday, March 12, 2010

Mar 12 - Still Near the Bridge, Plein Air Demo in Oils

With the basic structure in place with the brush sketch, I begin the laying in of the large darks and mid-tones using the Cool colors palette. If you'll look at the bridge from yesterday's view, you see the cement railings. See how I've laid them in while thinking, "large shapes" instead of "Omigosh! Look at all those vertical cement thingies!"?

So those nearby cement thingies are painted as shapes. However, as they recede in space, the shape blends together for one big brush mark. If you look at the right side of the bridge, you can see where I've already started to allude to those "thingies" in the large gray shape. Hey, makes it simple (and fast)!

As I paint the arches, with the darks and mid-tones, I'm still finding the correct arch shape. It looks pretty daft right now, but will improve. I'd rather find an edge later, than be restricted by a line demarking an edge early on.

Again, completely out of the Cool Box in the Color System, including that yellow green in the upper right. Cool yellow and some ultramarine make that mix, with perhaps some white.

Tomorrow more!

I'm off to Cypress Art League on Sunday for a demonstration in oils, and I'm working on a couple of commission paintings (one a book cover) so the brushes are flying! If you're in the Los Angeles area, Cypress is south of the 91 freeway at Orange Street and Valley View--their community center, two p.m. I'll have my Flash Cards, DVDs and one of my originals to offer as a raffle prize. Perhaps I'll meet you in person!

Sure wish I could find the polo ponies painting--still looking for it. Darn it all.

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1 comment:

Nancy Moskovitz, artist said...

Dynamic interpretation of a tough point of view of a tricky subject. Looking forward to seeing the progress.