Thursday, December 25, 2014
Also I decided to go back to the basic instead of modifying the scene to fit geometric shapes in, and follow my instincts. This image can tell easily how it's working out.
After putting the basic drawing in I blocked the darkest part then filled three sections of background. The size is 18x20.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
It's more looking into the direction light is coming from. So not much distinction between shadowed area and cast shadows. Also some part of ground is darker because of clouds above. Those would be the main challenges in addition to the texture of rocks.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
This would be the last update, then I'll start a new landscape during the holiday week. Hopefully the next one wouldn't take four months.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
I feel a big relief.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Now I can see the deer much clearly that I've never seen since the beginning of this painting.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
But I'll leave it as is for now and move on to the other area now.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
So, I decided to go back to basic plain painting. If it doesn't work I would give up. But just wanted to give a last chance.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Clouds were thick at the beginning then Sun started peeking through, and it was sunny at the end. So the light changes fooled me and, as the result, the part of brush where sun light didn't directly hit was too light, losing contrast with the directly-lit part. Background forest's value is about right. Just doesn't have enough contrast between the top part and the bottom part, which was quite dark.
Even when I was painting, I didn't like the color of river water. I should have spent more time to get proper colors/values.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
It was clouded and the sun was struggling to come out. But regardless I set up my easel when I found a creek in a swampy area leading toward the mountains.
I felt (actually they were) the backdrop mountain colors were too light. I should have made the midrange green more darker.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Then I'll let it dry for next week before submitting it to PLG show on the Sunday.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I was wrong! It didn't rain much and even on the east side of the pass, I got good view of Liberty Bell Mountain between the clouds. I stopped there and set up my easel and started painting, and that's when the clouds started clearing up magically and blue sky showed up.
At the end, 4 miles from home I got a motorcycle problem and got it towed to home, but otherwise this vacation was quite successful for all account than I imagined.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
At the end when I came down to the trailhead, I saw a chipmunk stayed still on the road. I took a couple of shots with my Nikon P520. The clear/close shot like below was not possible until I got this camera, which has x42 zoom. Looks like it found food a camper or hiker left behind.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The trailhead parking was accessible only from Kachess Lake (east side) and at the end of 3 mile dirt road. I apparently missed the trailhead on the right hand side the road and, instead, kept going along NF-4930. No wonder why it ended unexpectedly and I had to climb up steep forest slope without trail. I took above photo on a big rock when I decided giving up finding the lake and turning around. It was about 1PM. On my way down, I climbed down straightly to the creek because Box Canyon Creek flows along the trail. Only problem was the creek I thought it was Canyon Creek was actually its West Fork, which flows in a distance from NF-4930. As the result, I couldn't get back on the NF road, then lost.
I don't want to talk how treacherous the path was, which I had to walk through. I fell not only a couple of times because I couldn't see my footage due to thick low trees and vegetation. Sometimes it was swampy. Many of low bushes had thorns, and so on.
Anyway, the bottom line is I came down safely only with some minor cuts and bruises. I saw some hikers at the parking when I got back. I never saw along MY trail, and wondering where they were hiking. I promise I'll try again soon.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Although I still can't decide how light those lighted part of rocks should be, I'm sure those should not this much purple but rather greyer.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I can clearly say the far mountains and greens on them were still too dark compared to the trees in front. Then sky is too blue purple (I should have mixed more yellow). I think those ruined this composition. I need to try it again somewhere.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Most of the trail is a logging road then the final part forked out but very narrow and covered by snow so I couldn't find where it begins good 20 min or so. I walked up and down along the logging road then eventually made up my mind and go cutting through low trees. After 10 - 20 ft into it, I found a faint sign of trail at a gap of snow patches. The rest was easy down slope to the lake.
I started walking at 9:50A and arrived the lake about 1PM after lunch. So it's about 3 hours to get there. Coming down took me 1.5h total.
The lake was very nice but most of the trail was not so impressive. No wonder why I didn't meet any other hikers.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
But the position of deer's left eye is correct. So now I can draw/paint everything relative to the eye. Now I might not need to correct the oval any more.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Hope I don't have to update this any more as I'm intending.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I kind of decided I had to finish this within this month. Memorial Day weekend would be the good time to push this close to the end.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
After coming back home, I quickly load up my painting stuff on the motorcycle and took off to get to Quincy where I booked a motel room for the night. Then this morning I rode to Moses Coulee and painted at the side of a gravel mountain road. It was gorgeous morning to paint the big scene.
Since I spent some time to make a thumb nail sketch, the composition and proportion of the bluffs are about right. I think. The colors of sagebrush is still challenging especially where the clouds high above cast shadow on.
I took more than 100 photos with my new (used) Nikon p520. I would probably make bigger paintings not only for this scene but also from other photos. I had a very good time out there.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Anyhow, I spent a lot of white to put more layers on the clouds. Since I haven't adjusted much of the values on the ridge the edges are still quite sharp. I need to wait a while until the new layers become touchable before I can adjust those values and colors.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Jim's distinctive style is characterized by the simple palette, relatively thin layers almost until the last stage, and the funny brushes he prefers. Then of course his way of pushing dark until the end, which create very atmospheric paintings like John McCormick's in SFO.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Then another good thing happened at La Conner Seaside Gallery. I personally talked to Alfred Currier (below image is from the Gallery website).