Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Painting in Maine - progress of a Seascape

Another edition of :
 What's on my easel Wednesday.

Work in Progress

Someone on Facebook asked me what colors I used in the rocks of this painting, so I thought I would re-post the early sequence again and go through some of the detail and bring you all up to date.

Here's some of the colors I had on my palette during the process.
Titanium White,
Ultra- Marine Blue, Colbalt Blue, Cerulean Blue,
Viridian Green, 
Naples Yellow, Cadmium Lemon, Yellow Ochre,
Indian Red, Permanent Madder Deep,
Dioxazine Purple
Burnt Umber,  Burnt Sienna
 I started with an under-painting using Indian Red and Burnt Sienna
 Some Viridian Green and White.
 Ultra- Marine Blue under the warmer foreground water.

 There's some Cobalt Blue in the mix now also some yellows.
 At this stage I remember thinking this was a foggy day scene and I was messing around with the idea of adding some angry seagull screaming into the wind...
 Then I added a sun behind the fog... which became a moon.... which cools the water color and darkens the rocks....
So, this painting has been hanging around the studio for over a year getting worked on  when I am in the mood for a challenge. And now I am almost there.... some detail in the foreground and.... of course, I still need a title.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Daily Painting Maine - Flower painting - Yellow Dahlia

Another Composition Study-

Composition Study - Yellow Dahlias
gouache on watercolor paper

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Daily Painting Maine - What's on my easel Wednesday - Mt. Katahdin

What's on my easel Wednesday?
 work in progress

Last month was my first trip to Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park.  What a place to paint!!! I did several plein air pieces that day and took a bunch of photos. The morning started so foggy we could not see the mountains but as the clouds and mist lifted and the sky opened up, this is the view I witnessed.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Studies from Midcoast Maine - Flower paintings

My latest experimenting... gouache for composition studies. 
 Dahlias Composition Study
gouache on watercolor paper

This past weekend I started a new project.  Composition studies on 5x7 watercolor paper. I wanted a way to quickly get my ideas down without having to use oils. If the composition works,  I could choose to develop the idea on a larger scale in oils.  Not only that, they would be available to start your art collection.

  Since I already had sheets of watercolor paper in storage from a past lifetime (when I wanted to paint watercolor like Winslow Homer), and I am a big fan of James Gurney, I purchased some tubes of opaque watercolor (gouache). 

Dahlias Composition Study
gouache on watercolor paper

Of course, beginning this experiment meant I would need to try it out on some flowers, and nothing beats an arrangement of dahlias....except maybe marigolds or mums.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Daily Painting in Maine - What's on my Easel Wednesday

The snow storm last week was a surprise .... so was not having any power for three days.

I changed things a bit and I missed my plan to post each Wednesday. So here is my belated

What's on my Easel Wednesday. Enjoy!

Sea Path