Forgot to take a photo of the underpainting, but here you can see it with some of the early steps of painting over it using my entire palette.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
The first day I lay out the composition in light and dark values of Burnt Sienna
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
I haven't posted in some time, and I'm pleased to be back! I spent the summer happily exhibiting the paintings you watched develop on this blog at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts. They were well received and the entire experience was wide and wonderful. In September I took some R and R, reading thick novels, swimming in the extraordinarily warm Pacific and reacquainting myself with my sweet family and friends.
During that time I had an on going conversation online with the Volcan Mountain Foundation and ultimately wrote a proposal and was selected to be their first Artist in Residence. Volcan Mountain rises to the East of the historic town of Julian in beautiful Northern San Diego County and is the top of the watershed that delivers water to northern San Diego and points north. The Foundation bought or helped facilitate the purchase of some 17,000 acres of the mountain, just ahead of the developers. This forward thinking group is hosting scientists and artists to come, do their work there and look at the mountain through their own lens.
I plan to visit Volcan Mountain several weekends throughout the year to hike and take photographs of the plant life documenting seasonal change. I will then generate a series of paintings that will be exhibited to help develop awareness of the wilderness preserve and the importance of the rich flora and fauna thriving there. I will also post the paintings here as I generate them.
You know that something is meant to be when everything in you sings "yes!" My love of Southern California, hiking, plant life, painting and the preservation of wild spaces are all satisfied in this new opportunity. The stars aligned, and I couldn't be any happier!
|The dramatic gate to the wilderness preserve designed by local artist, James Hubbell.|
|After the hike to the 5350 foot summit we took refuge under gracious old oaks as a rainstorm (!) passed. It was silent, drippy and soul satisfying.|
|As we descended the sun began to break through and drew my camera lens left and right as it dramatically touched the landscape here and there.|
Friday, July 31, 2015
I began by doing a tone drawing in Burnt Sienna oil paint
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
The burnt sienna value drawing/underpainting
The very start of laying in color over the value drawing.
The first layer of all color completed. Now I let it dry fully before beginning to make all the refinements and adjustments it calls for.
Several days into the process of defining the way sunlight and shadow weave the gorgeous leaves of this plant together into a dramatic composition.
The final, completed image is at the top of the post.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Once the Burnt Sienna has dried I begin laying in the color, keeping true to the values I had established in the original drawing.
Painting the reflective surface of not only the Mixmaster but the corrugated metal behind it was a fun challenge.
The completed painting is at the top of the post.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
|The first step is the under painting where I work out placement and values|
|Laying in the first color. I look to capture the basic color of broad shapes, while adhering to the values I established in my underpainting.|
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The foundation - a tone drawing done in Burnt Sienna.
The first several layers of color.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
My first step is to do a tonal drawing on the panel in Burnt Sienna
Here I have completed the first layer of color. I seek to find the median colors of all areas while staying true to the values I made note of in the monochromatic underpainting
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The Burnt Sienna value study
The first layer of color
Monday, April 27, 2015
The tonal drawing, done in Burnt Sienna,
which helps me place things and establish
the pattern of light and dark
The first day, blocking in the basic colors