Sunday, August 22, 2010

Wet Paint, Plein Air...

The Bridge
12x12, Oil/Linen panel

It felt good to be outdoors painting Saturday morning with Janet Onofrey. We met behind Borders bookstore on The middle river. I was immediately taken by the abstract potential of the bridge and the way the sunlight illuminated the bank & sea wall on the other side. Well into it, I realized my painting was becoming more literal than I meant it to be... I then set about to "deconstructing" the landscape and found what I was after initially...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wet Paint, In The Studio...

Fiori Colorato
30x30, Oil/Linen

Once my colorful bouquet of Gladioli started opening, I decided on this cropped view with the light skimming across the top of the arrangement. I avoided getting too caught up in the tight rendering of the flowers with their individual petals. I focused on getting the forms and then built up the buds and the flowers using swift strokes of lighter and darker values. In the background I kept a subtle transition of colors, values and light.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wet Paint, In The Studio...

30x10, Oil/Linen

I picked up a bunch of mixed color Gladiolus earlier this week with the intention of painting them. After staring at them for several days... willing them to open... these pink ones were the first to finally show their blossoms, yesterday. Once I got them in the studio, they seemed to start opening quickly before my very eyes.. actually adding to the feeling of movement I am after.