Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Then I suddenly realized the color of the palette surface/plywood skin is very close to my hand skin tone. I know it's just a coincident. But amazing to me.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Now I need to decide how to attach the front wall with piano hinge next.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Now I need to build the box above it.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Next I need to improve the group of trees in the center.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Now I need to get back to the ground.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
At the gallery, I'm obligated to share shifts for gallery keeping job twice a month and 4h each. Last Sunday was my first and learned a lot for retail business, including credit card handling.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I'm a little dissatisfied with the outcome. But I know well that my skill is not that good to come up with an attractive painting with this subject matter and composition. I need to move on to the next challenge. I might come back to similar subjects in the future though.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
At this point, then, I realized the position of canvas is too high. I can always lower the tripod, but it would make the palette surface too low. This was a little bit design mistake. I'm now making the side bar on the canvas holder, where the binocular holder bites on, higher to lower the holder. Making the palette surface higher is too much backward work at this stage.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
1) raise the precision of the curvature.
2) add another layer above the current plate to have more than two points of contacts against the tripod.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Since I applied and accepted by Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, I need to produce more paintings monthly basis. So I spent good time this weekend and worked on this in wet-in-wet manner, which I think the key to finish quicker. The outcome would be quite different compaired to my normal way, glazing or scambling over dried layers, though. I even touched Sauvie Sky as well.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
The background shade doesn't need sharp edges obviously. Then I should be able to enjoy putting subtle difference in values.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Next, I'm going to design the folding palette box. The mechanism to attach to the tripod would be a copy (probably patented) from a field easel I saw at an art shop in Portland, OR. I might need to give another visit to Portland to see it again since I don't seem to be able to find the same kind in major art shops in Seattle.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Assembling those vertical and horizontal pieces together into a canvas holder frame. After the glue dried up I'll put some screws in place to make it stronger. Only one more piece to attach is another horizontal bar for the binocular clamp to bite on. It needs to be much thicker than the other part.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
After I finish this part, I can putting more colors on this painting, which is much enjoyable.
I'll move on to the next step: build a frame around this bar.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
So, I suddenly made up my mind and booked a cheep motel in Cle Elum, WA, and rode on my motorcycle Saturday night.
Sunday morning was a little chilly in upper thirties. But about the time I turned onto Teanaway Drive from US-970, the morning fog started burned off and blue sky started showing.
I set up my easel near by Teanaway River, where is very common artist spot. At least Ned Mueller painted there this summer and sent me the outcome. My advantage was very colorful trees in fall. I spend about 2 hours until 11AM to come up with the result in the photo. Although it doesn't show well about the difference between sun-lit part and shadowed part due to lack of experience, the colorful trees helped this painting obviously.
After I came home I tried to make some progress on the new field easel. But when I followed the instruction of the insert nuts then hammered a nut into 11/32" hole of the piece of wood it cracked as you can see below. I knew it might happen but I did it anyway. I guess I need to try a size bigger hole, which is 3/8", next time.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
This part is the key mechanism for the canvas holder part of the new field easel. So I drew a diagram how to build it. If I cut popular lumber exactly I drew, it would probably work. But thin slicing or dadoing lumber with a table saw always comes with risk for chipping.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I went back to one of information seeking principal I've learned at the graduate school; (Ahem!) find a person who knows what you're looking for. I simply went to a near-by home depot and asked an associate with a sample from my studio easel. In less than a couple of minutes, the associate showed me where they are.
They're called as thumb screws and insert nuts. With these pieces of hardware, the sliding piece of wood can press down a stretched canvas and hold it tightly.
My next step is to design&draw the canvas holder including the sliding mechanism.
Monday, September 26, 2011
I'm going to try finishing this piece this weekend.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Yesterday, the weather was nice in the morning when I got there and painted. So everything was whitey and I lost some sense of colors. But I didn't forget to put Olympic mountains in the further background. I need to learn how to interpret those colors to make attractive paintings.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Although it was intentional, it created an unexpected effect to this painting at this stage. As you can see easily the horse(s) look like getting a lot of sunshine and even shadow parts are getting reflections from many different angles. In other words they're hazy in viewers eyes. I like this much. I'll try keep the value contrast in this way toward the end of this painting to see what happens. It would be quite different compared to "Breeze" I painted two years ago. I might change my mind though.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
But when I visited Portland last weekend for gallery/PAM walk, a friend of mine in Portland gave me a heavy duty tripod. It's Bogen Manfrotto 3001 made in Italy. It has a heavy (14 oz) mini ball head attached (right photo). It took me a while to detach it, which I finally did today using a bench vice because it was very tight after carefully examining how I can do it without breaking anything.
That particular model has been discontinued. But the top of the base unit has a 3/8" standard thread (left photo) so I can attach any manufacturer’s head. I'm now looking for a clamp head to hold binoculars or something heavy. And I'll build a stretched canvas holder that can securely hold up to 12"x16" canvas and attach it to the clamp. Then build a folding box pallet that can be tightly attached to the two legs of the tripod. I got some idea how to do it from a pochade box at an art supply shop in downtown Portland. It's going to be a long term project. The outcome would become my Ver.2 pochade box system.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The title would be "summer shade". There is no "back ground (farground) in this. Only nearground and mid ground. I covered the shadow area with dark cool green. The size is 14"x18".
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
I'll work on the foreground further and enhance cow's bodies a little bit then call it done.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I also want to put some more highlight colors on the cows as the final touches. But otherwise I'm so far satisfied with this painting.