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 in the bridge 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 with 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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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Watercolor Painting of a Rural Scene With Farm and Fence

This painting was inspired by a photo of a road and farm.

It was a fun Sunday afternoon project. I was experimenting with some flat brushes and trying to see what effect I can get with them.  The sky and early stages of the green fields were done with a 5/8 flat.

I used a little senna in the sky near the horizon which I normally do not do but it was a suggestion I saw in a how to paint book so I tried it and I liked how it warms up the picture a little and gives a break between all the greens and the blue of the sky.

The buildings and trees were almost done like a sketch.

The fence was the most difficult part. I did not allow for it in the sketch but after the green grass was dry I used black watercolor and sketched it in. Of course the color beneath showed through so I kept going over it and alternately lifted out the green color and put back in the dark of the fence. I finished by lifting out some highlights in the fence and called it done.

My resource material had huge areas of green I am not happy with that much green even though it is one of my "go to" colors in most paintings. I may return to the painting and add some soil colors in the fields.

Rural Scene With Road Watercolor

All said I am very pleased with the project since it was only an afternoon's entertainment.  I will toss it into a little frame and it can be a gift or a small offering at an art show or something.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Watercolor of Cardinal Bird on a Branch

This lovely watercolor of a cardinal is an example I did for an art lesson I was giving to some young art students. I also created a how to paint worksheet of this project and this was part of that worksheet too.

The background is mottled greens and blues and indistinct on purpose. I used a lot of water and let the color blend on the paper. I worked it over a little and added more color to give it contrast to the red bird.

The bird was just a flat red so I used some violet to give some shadow and a little roundness.

The branch was easiest. I used watery violet for the base of the shadow and went over it with payne's gray and finished with sienna brown.



I am very pleased with the project since it was only a quick study and not more than 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches high.  I will toss it into a little frame and it can be a gift or a small offering at an art show or something.


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Watercolor Sketch of Five Mile Point Lighthouse

This is a little watercolor sketch I did from a photograph, the photo was from a calendar. I like to get calendars and use them for inspiration and practice my painting. This is is of Five Mile Point Lighthouse in New Haven Connecticut.

It was a fun project. It was simple and not really very challenging. I used only two brushes for the entire painting. A large and small one about a five, and a small one that was a 2/0.

I started with a quick pencil sketch it and began with the large brush to put in the sky and foreground sand using broad strokes. Then with the same large brush I put in the basic shapes of the trees and house structure.

With  I use the small brush for details of trees, house, water, sand and bushes. I found that I wanted to soften the clouds and deepen the sky so I alternated between the large and small brushes.

It is a nice little painting and it might look ok in a frame. I doubt that I will sell it maybe just keep it in a bin or use for an example in an art lesson with some kids.

Five Mile Point Lighthouse Watercolor.


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