Monday, June 27, 2011
But the color/value of trees in background as well as sky's are almost final ones.
This process change would affect not only to the process itself but would also affect to the final outcome. I'm almost sure. I'm going to try the same way on the cows next.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The photo on the left was today's outcome. Not as impressive as last two days. I had problems with defining colors for both foreground and background trees. Besides, I wanted to paint Olympic Mountains, which were immediately hidden by the clouds.
So Jim suggested putting focus on the interesting shaped tree on the left and I made it much bigger and moved toward the center. That's why it took entire today to work on only one piece. His last comments were 1) I needed put much bigger curved cloud shape on the right to counter balance the heaviness of left trees. 2) the color of the sand beach is too cool. It's not in Hawaii.
Well, at least I got some ideas to work on in my own plein air sessions this summer. When I told him I needed to learn brush strokes, he said it would take planning, confidence and some practices. I have to work on that too. It was quite intensive but productive three days. I'm very tired tonight.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
For the dark background trees, he helped me to paint cool darker part on top of overall color of the big mass to make the rest to come forward, instead of painting highlighted part, which would destroy the total value. It's much darker than real trees but it works for this painting.
He put some key shadow shapes in both background and foreground. Without it, this painting was very dull.
Friday, June 24, 2011
In the morning Jim did a demonstration in a class room, then seven of us went to Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery to paint. About the time when we started, sun was out and nice. However, thick clouds rolled in quickly and even rain started about 3:30P. Most of us managed to finish a piece. The photo, left, is my outcome.
Some of Jim's key advices were:
- left side was too heavy at the beginning. Then I adjusted the composition by changing large shapes on the left to balance with right side.
- define the darkest dark (edge of the pond) first, then I can define the next dark (shadow part of background trees) in relative to it. The same rule can apply to colors. Define greenest green first then decide others in relative to it.
- paint the mass of background trees first, then curve sky into them to shape the edge of trees.
- sky is too heavy (color/value-wise). It should be closer to the pond surface.
- The vine field (yellowish center part) is too hot (means too warm in color).
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Today I went to Seattle artwalk but realized not much new stuff was on the shows. I'm planing to go to Edmonds Art Festival tomorrow. Weather would be better than today.