Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Down by the Creek

This is my largest landscape yet, measuring 24" x 36". It's a combination of a couple of recent plein air pieces I did this past week. Let me know what you think. Limited palette of French Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, white and a dash of black.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Cedar Creek #4

Did this plein air on my lunch break today. This creek has been very good to me.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Barns #2

Did this view over again today. I originally did it back on April the 5th of this year. That one was my first plein air completed in one quick session. I wanted to do the scene again today to see if I have made any progress in my PA painting abilities. I know that is not a good judge of whether I'm better now than I was then, due to many things. Maybe I was really on that day and not this one. Weather conditions, etc.

You can find the first version here.

Let me know what you think.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Allen Street and Blurry Vision

Did this plein air piece this evening just before dark. It's our view looking down the street. It was just getting dark as I finished this one up. I was putting some gear in my backpack and I heard something sound like it hit our sidewalk. I stood up and took a step and knew instantly what it was. My glasses were under my foot. Below is a pic after I brought them in. I actually bent the frames back to almost normal without breaking them, although I don't think they'll take much more. The right lens cracked at the outer edge, and both lens are pretty scratched up. So...
It's time to sell some art! Daddy needs a new pair of glasses!

In case you're wondering why I paint without my glasses on...They tint in sunlight, and when that happens I can't see all the colors, so I take them off. Next pair are not going to be transitions.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tree Study

Did this plein air tree study tonight at Salem Park, down in the dry creekbed.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Log Cabin

Did this one at the local park this afternoon. The cabin, I believe, was built by a Revolutionary War General in the county in the late 1700's. Definitely one of the oldest buildings left in the town.

Joe and Joyce's Backyard

Did this one at my aunt and uncle's home this weekend. This is only a small portion of their beautiful backyard.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Morning Fog and Field

The fog was lifting as I painted this one this morning. There are some big hills lost in the fog behind this old quonset hut barn and tree. The rooftop and lights to the right are part of the local hospital property.

When I started there were cows in front of me, but as I neared the foreground they all wandered off.

9" x 12", oil on masonite panel, plein air

Thursday, July 10, 2008

#8 Malcolm X Blvd.

This is another "remote viewing" "virtual plein air", but not really a PA of course. I went to Google maps and street view. Picked an area of NYC and zeroed in on this building and lot. Don't know why this one. Didn't spend much time at all looking. Just started painting what I saw. I'm thinking of doing a group paint out virtually. Pick an area of a city with definite road borders north, south, east and west, and let people choose what they want to paint within the area. Time limit of two hours or so. No peeking at the area beforehand from me or anyone else, only from the map with no street view or satellite view. Thoughts?