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. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Slowly defining shapes

Not much progress but still slowly defining shapes around the peninsulas and rocks.
Consistency of paint mixtures is still problem and I'm making them too thin with Gamsol. Also probably concerning too much details, which I shouldn't have put in this painting. I need to reconsider those shapes. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Put "Veins" on it

I didn't feel I would be able to make out bark by painting layers in the same way. So I decided to use a small brush and draw the "veins" on the tree trunk. Now it more looks like a tree trunk.
I'll go back to mid-size brushes and add layers between the veins.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Filling with darker colors

Still filling up darker parts. Since not much shadow in this frame, I probably need to make darker color part more darker than real, to keep balance and avoid bleached out painting.
I realized the ocean part is one of the darkests.