Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Painting a still life picture of a Vase and flowers with the Painter's Club

The Painter's club got together for a little paint out party at Wiley's house on his patio last week. We had such a great time painting different scenes that were available. All the artist are pretty good and some are good enough to sell their work. At this event, Wiley set out some things to paint. Some artist chose to paint the scenery some choose to do portraits of other artists, and a few of us did still life subjects that were on the tables.

I spent a lot of time deciding and that is a problem I always have but I made up for it in working quickly to get a painting done before the light went completely away.  There was an oil lamp, some books and a vase on a round table that looked both challenging and inviting. I sketched it quickly and then did layers in acrylic working as quickly as I can. It was a little muggy so the water based paint didn't dry so quickly which it wants to do under normal conditions.

I have begun to use more black in my work and I think it has given me a new depth in my paintings. I over paint the picture several times, it is a way to not get too caught up with mistakes and situations that are not satisfactory in my work, but as I painted over I would add color and black and color again to build up the depth of the value and color.

I am very happy with the results, but later when I have some time and all my art stuff is all out then I will do a little touch-up when I do I will post the final finish.

Painting of vase and lamp.  
It was as much fun to talk to the other artist and learn from them as it was to paint.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Painting At The River With The Painters Club

After work on Thursday night I went out to paint with some artist friends from the Sykesville artist club. Wiley is the head personality of the club and he organized the paint out at the river outside of historic Sykesville.

It was a hot day so to go down into the shade of the river trees was welcome. Since I got there around 6 PM I knew I had only about an hour and a half or maybe two hours before the light got so dark that I wouldn't be able to paint effectively. I could spend an hour just deciding on what to paint so I made a quick choice and basically painted the first interesting scene I saw, the turn in the river where dead trees and branches piled up.

I sketched it quickly and broadly in charcoal and began to scrumble the first layers of paint. I started with the blue sky area; I added more sky than was actually visible since I thought it would have made the picture more interesting. Then I put down the first thin layers of greens with a wide brush. I used the same wide brush to put down the tans and browns of the rocks and the muddy dark of the water. After a bit, I decided to go against my normal inclination and began to mix black into the darker areas. I kept on adding layers and details to the picture and began to move through my inventory of brushes to smaller and smaller until I was using a liner brush for the finer details. My last step was to work with a lot of white to the colors and in some places to use only white for accent.

It was getting dark and I was beginning to feel that I was just reworking some details over and over so I knew it was time to call it done. The other artist were packing up and beginning to go too. It was a wonderful time painting and I feel pretty good about the picture.

River By Sykesville, Painting on location, Plien aire by Adron

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Watercolor Sketch Of A Lamp With Flower Basket

This is a little sketch I did in watercolor on Saturday at Wild Lake Columbia.

It was a nice but cool day and nice days have been rare lately especially on a Saturday.  If I didn't go out and paint a little something I would regret it, so I packed up a few essentials and went out to paint at the lake.

The lake has so many beautiful and interesting buildings, walks, fountains and scenery that it is hard to choose what to paint. One way to handle this sort of problem is to shrink down your field of view and instead of doing a big landscape or city scene I find it is better to pick an object of interest and do something more intimate.

After walking around for a while I chose a lampost with a wicker flower holder near the top.

The sky was filled with clouds but I washed in the blues quickly. The background was the bare trees across the lake and I kept them as a mass of brown. The middle ground was two bare trees, They were bare still since it is early spring and the leaves have yet to come out. I centered the lamp post on the picture which is usually a bad form since you want the point of interest in a place of interest but putting it center makes it a portrait of a lamp.

The trees were an important part of my picture so I spent a lot of time painting them and going over them with a liner brush pulling the color up and away to form the many branches.

The lampost was carefully drawn with a small brush. I wanted the white of the lamps to be shiny so I darkened the sky behind them.

I did the fine lines with a signature brush. The railings details of the grasses and flowers.

I think it turned out to be a nice picture.
I hope you enjoy it.

Wild Lake Lampost, Watercolor
It is about 5x7 inches

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

My Plen Air Painting Of The Bike Path Between Hesperus and Elliots Oak Rd. Columbia MD

It was the first nice day in months. So I packed up my easel, brushes, and paints and did the only reasonable thing there was to do- paint outdoors.

I walked down one of the bike paths near my house and set up at a favorite place where two bike paths intersect.  I looked one way and assessed the scene then another and another.  Once I settled on the scene I wanted to do I set up my portable painting kit with easel and paint box and once I put the canvas on it I saw a problem- the sun was shining right on the canvas.  This is bad since my eyes will not see the colors clearly when they are on the bright sunlit canvas.  My experience in the past is that when you bring such a project indoors the colors that looked bright outside looks dull indoors.  So I turned the easel about 40 degrees and settled on a second choice, a view of a bridge with paths leading up a hill behind.

The time of year is the first week of spring and the trees are leafless and the undergrowth is nonexistent; in a few weeks, it will be a completely different scene.

I did a quick sketch using as few lines as possible to set up my layout.  Next, I scrumbled in the underpainting with a large brush and strokes of paint that were just short of attacking the canvas.  I painted the bridge in and then as I worked over the background I painted it over in part and then repainted it again.  I used watery acrylic paint for the earlier stages of underpainting.

After being satisfied with the underpainting, I began to add detail using a smaller brush to develop the middle ground and foreground.

The trees were introduced last.  I kept switching brushes from fan to flat to liner brush as I built up the different thicknesses and various wispiness of the bare trees.

I brought my attention back to the bridge and repainted it, I developed some of the detail of the area around the bridge.

The last hour was spent on adding details and touches here and there.  The painting was completed in about five hours.

I had a lot of fun painting it and talking to the many people who were on the path.

Bike Path Between Hesperus and Ellots Oak Rd. Columbia MD

It is painted in acrylic on stretched canvas, the size is 16 x 20.


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