Monday, August 26, 2013

Started working on Rocks

Value relations as well as color temperature relations might not be right at this moment but I started working on those rocks and you can get the idea from this photo. I had to curve in with light color of water to see values/colors on the rocks better. I'll keep working on this a while.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Detailing Geese Shape

Re-shaped the geese a little more. Also realized the rocks were too big compared to the geese. I curved them in too.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Starting from Background

Started from the background sky. When I put the light water colors, I realized the sky was a little too dark. It has to be lighter than the water beneath. I'll probably come back almost at the end. I'll put more details on the rocks next.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Geese at Rosario Beach

I don't exactly remember when I took this photo at Rosario Beach. I've been visiting there so many times by now. But probably last year. Or maybe even this year. I think it was in the morning when tide was low. 14"x23" because I wanted to keep the oval shapes of ripples in around the rocks. I originally thought putting an exact oval in like the recent two animal paintings. But it would require me more time to finish. So I'll try natural oval instead and let the colors fade outside of the oval.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bowman Bay

After Tim Deibler's workshop, I'd been thinking switching stretched canvas to canvas on a board for plein air. So I made a wet board carrier for 11x14x1/8 re-using two panels from the old pochard box, which I no longer use. I taped 9x12 gessoed canvas on a board then slot it in one of three slots in the carrier.
Today I went to Bowman Bay, near Deception Pass and next to Rosario Beach, then tested this box. As you can see in the photos, it works perfectly. The green snap-lock band I bought for my motorcycle's side bag, which I barely use, can tie the lid in place to secure the boards. So the cost was only for the poplar board for the sides, which cost me about 5 bucks. I'm very pleased with the outcome. The painting surface of the taped canvas is about 8 1/2 x 11 1/2.
I'll use this again for the next Hurricane Ridge vacation at the end of the month and all plein air in the future. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Big Color Masses

While I was filling huge color masses with my favorite 1" flat brush, I kept thinking what kind of colors I want to use for each part and transition between parts. The entire painting would be very cool color temperature wise. Only a few areas - like reflection of sun light, lower sky, and vegetation on the front rock - would be warmer. Also I decided to remove rocks on the low-left corner to pull the water and reflection of light down to the bottom. It would take good imagination because this part didn't exist in the scene. I hope this decision would turn out ok at the end.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Adding fences

After refining the face shapes of the horse, I adjusted values of front lumber fence then added wires. At this moment, I just wanted to make those values close to the final. I'm still not sure how to handle the edge of the circle.

Friday, August 2, 2013

New lanscape painting - Rosario Beach

New landscape painting I started is Rosario Beach, which probably many painters painted. This is along the theme "water(H2O) in NW" I started last year. I have some plan for a couple of more but the last one in the series would be snow scape.

Anyway, I've chosen unusual light setting: against reflecting sun on the water. I painted this on site just about a year ago. The size is 22"x24". I'm still undecided if the middle rocks should be further away or closer to the front rocks. The key would actually be ripples on the water, somewhat like "Seagulls", and the reflected saturated sun light.