Monday, April 24, 2017

Bright Tree at Long Hill (Oil Bar Painting as of April 23, 2017)


Yesterday I got a new oil bar painting started.  I am using one of my photos as a reference (posted here yesterday).  I used just red, green, and gray to get this far.  At this point, my goal is to work out the composition. The hardest part will be getting the curve in the road just right.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bright Tree at Long Hill (Posterized Photo)


I am starting another oil bar painting.  I began this morning by preparing my reference photo.  This is a picture that I took at Long Hill Gardens last fall. (The original is posted here  back on October 20, 2016).  Long Hill, also known as Sedgwick Gardens, was once a private estate but the houses on  the property and the gardens themselves are now owned by the Trustees of the Reservation, and are open to the public.  I liked photo of the road leading to the main house, and the carriage house on the left.  I am going to use this photo as the basis of my composition, though I plan to make a few changes.  So today, I opened the image in Painter and did some cropping to get a square format. I also used digital pastel to paint over a car visible through the trees. Then I did some posterizing, especially trying to bring out orange tones in the tree on the right.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sketch for Cecelia (Inked as of Apr. 22, 2017)


This is a "life-size" working sketch for a decorated wooden codfish cutout that I am making, to be auctioned off for the  Marblehead Festival of the Arts. Some 50 local artists have been asked to participate in this project. This year I am will decorate my codfish with musical scales -- C scales, to be specific, which is why I named my fish Cecelia.  Yesterday I posted this pencil sketch, inked in silver, gold, and turquoise sharpie pens. Today I went over the fold and silver with fancy metallic gold and silver ink pens and they really do make a difference.  (Metallic sharpie gold tends to read as brown and the silver tends to read as gray). These pens are harder to control than Sharpies, but it will be worth it for the added brightness.  This is a working sketch, and it has been helpful to do this "dress rehearsal" because I have identified some things that I want to improve for the final version. if you want to get an idea of I am going with this,  follow this link to see "Bella Bacalhau," last year's entry: https://www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/26803421380/

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sketch for Cecelia (Inked as of Apr. 21, 2017)


This is the pencil sketch I posted yesterday, but inked with silver, gold, and turquoise sharpie pens. This is a "life-size" working sketch for a decorated wooden codfish cutout that I am making, to be auctioned off for the  Marblehead Festival of the Arts. Some 50 area artists are participating in this project. This year I am going to to decorate my codfish with musical scales -- C scales, to be specific, which is why I named my fish Cecelia. The sketch started to come alive as I added the colors. Today I used sharpie pens, but I have some fancy metallic gold and silver ink pens that I will use later and they will be a bit brighter (but harder to control). Also, I plan to use an iridescent pearl background. I am almost ready to get to work on the actual wooden fish. This preparation takes time, but I won't be able to start over on the real thing.  if you want to get an idea of where this is headed,  follow this link to see "Bella Bacalhau," last year's entry: https://www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/26803421380/

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sketch for Cecelia (Pencil)


This is a pencil sketch for my current project. Along with 50 area  artists, I am decorating a wooden codfish for the Marblehead Festival of the Arts. The decorated codfish will be on display in Marblehead and then auctioned off to benefit Marblehead Festival of the Arts.  I am going to to decorate my codfish with musical scales -- C scales, to be specific, which is why I named my fish Cecelia. I am working out my design on paper "life size", before actually working on the wooden cutout. As of yesterday, I figured out the color scheme: iridescent pearl, silver and gold ink, with a little turquoise. Today I worked hard to finish the pencil sketch because the next step is to add color to the sketch. All of this preparation is time-consuming, but still better than trying to do "overs" on a wooden cutout of a fish!  if you want a better idea of where this is going,  follow this link to see "Bella Bacalhau," last year's entry: https://www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/26803421380/

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Color Scheme for Cecelia (Codfish Project)


After about a dozen attempts, I have come up with the color scheme for my next project. Along with about 50 other local artists, I am decorating a wooden codfish for the Marblehead Festival of the Arts. The decorated codfish will be on display in Marblehead and then auctioned off to benefit Marblehead Festival of the Arts. This year, I am going to to decorate my codfish with musical scales -- C scales, to be specific, which is why I named my fish Cecelia. I have been trying out color schemes, but didn't really find what I wanted till I visited the local art store and found an irridescent acrylic paint. The color is called "pearl" (appropriate for the ocean) and seems to land between white, off-white, and very pale silver. I bought a couple of tubes and came home and tried out as the background color on a piece of paper. Both silver and gold ink show up just fine. I also tried out some touches of turquoise blue, which I am thinking of using as well. So now I have my color scheme. The next step is to finish my "life-size sketch" on paper, and then get to work on the wooden cutout. if you want a better idea of where this is headed, follow this link to see "Bella Bacalhau," last year's entry: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/26803421380/

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Forsythia at Long Hill Gardens


It has been a hectic week, but yesterday we took a walk at Long Hill Gardens.  Everything was in bloom and I took a lot of pictures.  Here's one of my favorites, one of the very first spring blooms.