Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Staining" stage for the Glacier painting

Jim Lamb once told to students at a workshop to use more paint, or enough paint pigments, to cover the canvas otherwise you would be just "staining" it. But that's exactly what I'm doing now.
I just want to get some sense of color coordination at this early stage instead of committing to each color I put as the bottom layer. When I decided on this composition, I felt this would be more about the clouds than either mountains or the lake.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2nd Plein Air in 2017

I actually painted in Olympia last weekend, which was the first of the year. Today I rode to Fall City and got to the point along SR-203 I took some photos several years ago. This time I wanted to paint. The water body is an oxbow lake created by Snoqualmie River. It's a good marsh where I saw a hawk-like bird and a blue heron gliding in the sky looking for fish, or small animals.
The part of water was covered by lotus, which made a little difficult to paint. But I felt I'm getting better. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Glacier NP Painting

After came back from Japan, I started drawing this. It's about the slow movement of clouds. So drew solid cloud shapes in detail. Mountains are about contrast of lighted area and cast shadow area by the clouds. There are trees in the foreground but I'll try not to get too much attention to them.