This is a quick 8x10 demo I did for my Thursday evening oil painting
class using a limited palette of ultramarine blue, cad red medium, cad
yellow, and white. I would have liked an alizarin or something more
"purply" for the cabbage, but that is why the palette is called
"limited". It is good practice in working with what you have. By
warming and muting the surrounding colors I was able to make the dull
purple my palette allowed appear more vibrant.
is from another photo I took in Henlopen. I witnessed this young girl
and her two dogs run down the beach to the water and all 3 of them
started jumping and splashing around. It is the same feeling of joyful
elation that I feel when I finally reach the ocean.
am happy that I have been able to post 3 times in 3 days this week.
Soon my client work will pick up again, so I am taking advantage of the
begins my oil painting class at the Mechanicsburg Art Center. I have
designed the class as a series of painting "challenges" much like the
ones on the painting blogs. Every week we will be doing a different
challenge and each one is designed to instruct as well as push the
student in (hopefully) a fun way. I am looking forward to it and know I
will be learning from my students as well.
I think I have found a little groove that I can have fun with
now...going through vacation photos for ideas. This image was from the
same camping trip to Henlopen late October. I love to walk on the beach
in the early morning when the sand is freshly groomed and the fishermen
are out. The low morning sun creates strong shadows and nice contrast
to the light sand and surf.
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I probably should not admit this, but I have been having a hard time
getting myself to paint lately. I seem to be in a post holiday slump. I blame it
partly on the cold weather which is making it too easy for me to
postpone painting outside where everything is brown and uninspiring. So
in an effort to at least do something I am starting to look over some
photographs as potential painting subject matter. I don't really like
working from photos, but then it is nice to be inside and warm. And at
least it gets me painting.
I worked on this one yesterday - from a photo taken on a camping trip to
Henlopen, DE in late October -- in fact, the weekend before Sandy hit
this coast. I remember it being too windy to think about painting, so I
was taking pictures of some things that inspired me. In this case it
was the pattern of shadows the grasses cast on the dunes that caught my
eye. Now several months later, it is hard to find that same
inspiration, but I am trying. And dreaming of warmer days at the