Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Tree and Hillside (Oil Bar Painting as of March 3, 2015)



This afternoon I worked on this painting. I am using oil bars for this landscape, which is loosely based on photos that I took in October at Appleton Farms (in Ipswich, MA). My reference photos are posted on this site, January 2nd and 3rd. Today I concentrated mostly on perspective. First I worked on the path, struggling to get the lines to behave. Although I think it looks better, I still need to make some more adjustments to get the perspective right. I also worked on the lines of the fence and fence posts.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Tree and Hillside (Oil Bar Painting as of March 2, 2015)


I returned to this painting this morning, an oil bar landscape based on a scene that I photographed in October at Appleton Farms (Ipswich, MA).  I started this painting two months ago, and my reference photos are posted here on January 2nd and 3rd.  This morning, I started by adding yellow to the tree, both as local color and to show where light is hitting the leaves.  I also added some yellow to indicate leaves on the ground. I also used yellow to indicate light hitting the tops of the backlit trees in the distance. I started to photograph the painting but realized that I needed to straighten out the lines of the path, so I worked on that for awhile.  There is more to do on that task, and I left red lines to indicate where I need to make corrections.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Back Gate (Big Snow 2015)


If you look closely, you can see the top left corner of a chain-link gate, which leads to the back yard along a path behind the garage. This is one of the photos I have been taking of extreme snow scenes from the Big Snow of 2015. I liked the combination of shapes and textures, so today I edited it in iPhoto and cropped it to get this composition. This was taken February 26, 2015.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Two Paintings at Galatea (February, 2015)


Today we were at Galatea Fine Arts in Boston, and I finally had a chance to see the February show, which I really enjoyed.  Two of my pieces have been on display this month in the "Artists' Alcove".  This was the first time I saw hanging on the wall there, so I took a picture.  These are two of my mountain landscapes: "Storm Coming over Pink Mountains" and "Purple Ridge", both done with acrylics.  These paintings will be up for the rest of the weekend, and then on Monday a new show goes up for March. To find out more about Galatea, go to http://galateafineart.com.

Friday, February 27, 2015

One Hour Parking



I didn't have a chance to paint today, so I thought I would post one of my snowstorm pictures. This is a photo that I took on February 22, a picture of a parking sign buried in the snow.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tree and Hillside (Oil Bar Painting as of February 26, 2015)


I worked on this painting late this afternoon. I am painting a scene at Appleton Farms (Ipswich, MA), based on photos that I took there in October. (The photos are posted on this site, January 2nd and 3rd.)  Today I started by trying to work out how to indicate fallen leaves on the ground. I also worked on light and shadow on the tree, especially the trunk, as well as on the ground. And I fixed a number of small problems.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tree and Hillside (Oil Bar Painting as of February 25, 2015)


This is my oil bar painting in progress. I am working from photos that I took in October at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA. (Reference photos are posted on this site on January 2nd and 3rd.)  Today I worked on the hillside itself, which had a thin undercoat of paint.  I modified the color to make it a brighter and sweeter green, and now it is closer to what I want.  I also changed the shape of the hillside on the left of the canvas.  I had blocked in another stand of trees in the distance, but decided against it, so I painted over them.