Saturday, September 15, 2018

I haven't given up this painting yet

Last two months I had to dedicate all my available time to study to get day-job related certification. Finally finished it and passed the exam earlier this week. Now I can go back and start painting again.

While I was away from painting, I kept thinking about which direction I want to go when I come back. Sometimes it's good to be away from something you keep working hard. I think I want to go more bold brush strokes and marks, instead of picking up tiny things from the reference photo. It might be too late for this one but I'll try.
Tonight I touched the background peninsula, and the top rocks on the main subject. I'm feeling better now.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Cape Falcon, OR, on-site

Yesterday, I was on Oregon coast hiked about a couple miles to get to one of tips of Cape Falcon in Oswald West State park. I spent only about an hour painting this since I still have to get home yesterday and didn't have much time in late afternoon.
I somehow thought about how Van Gogh would paint this scene. Fist thing I felt I saw this today was I thought I made the green ocean much more greener. Also I regret I didn't spend more time to paint those ripples in. It was quite breezy there.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Introducing a little purpole colors

Finally made some time available to come back this painting today.
I instroduced some purplish colors on some part of vegetation, which worked pretty well against greens. I need to put more colors on the water next.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Anacortes painting

I thought I wanted to see Plein Air WA's show at Scott-Milo Gallery in Anacortes, but didn't think about it was closed on Sundays. I should have remembered the fact. Instead, I painted on R Ave. looking toward Mt. Baker.
It was hot day so I didn't take my sun glass off - mistake #1. And again, the color&value shift of mountains based on distance isn't right. I need more practice about it.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Making bark colors lighter gradually. I'll probably need to go back and define lines to separate lighter parts. Then soon it would be the time to re-define the main subject again.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Painting in Skagit

I rode and headed north in the afternoon and started painting in Skagit valley looking toward Glacier Peak at 6PM. When I finished this Sun was still above horizon. I had problem with drowing at the beginning but managed to finish it. It's been two month since I did plein air last time in NoCal. Still can't get the formula mixing greens to get the sense of distance. Today I tried adding viridian but didn't work as I hoped.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

First Round of Covering

I covered most of the canvas with at least one layer of paint. Originally I thought I would leave out the breaking waves because it's the lightest part of this painting as O'Hagan's instruction from the last workshop.
After the second thought, I changed mind and  filled up with rough brush strokes. Made them less lighter than the final colors.