Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Coffee lightfastness test



Here is the result of a light exposure test for drawing or painting with coffee. This ran from March 19 to May 8.

Friday, March 31, 2017

"Early Spring, Floyds Fork at Seatonville Road" oil on panel

16 x 20 inches, finished today after starting it on site last week.  As I stated in a previous post, this was a fairly limited palette. I wish my camera picked up more of the subtlety in the tones in the paint. I am pretty happy with it.  I ended up putting a bit more foliage on the trees than there was in real life, and the scene was actually less colorful than I depicted it, with the exception of the grass on the banks, which was a pretty intense green--something I could not generate with a mix of Naples yellow and ultramarine blue.

Floyds Fork at Seatonville Road

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

earthtone palette



Did some plein air painting last Friday. I used a limited earthtone palette like last time, with a slight change, substituting ultramarine blue for cerulean blue, and adding red iron oxide. The other colors are ivory black, titanium white, Naples yellow, burnt sienna, and burnt umber.

I didn't finish the painting on site, so worked more at home. I still want to work more. It's not resolved yet. Pictures forthcoming.

Red iron oxide is a monster, by the way. It walks up and punches other paint in the face kyst for laughs.

Friday, March 17, 2017

pen and ink details

Here are some close-ups of the drawing I just posted.






House Portrait in Pen and Ink, 11 x 15 inches


Goose Creek in Walnut Ink

A few Fridays ago, it was unseasonably warm, but the bugs and poison ivy weren't out yet.  I sat out and sketched by Goose creek, in the woods near my daughter's school, for an hour or two.  This was the result.  This was done mostly with a bamboo pen; some of it is my homemade soda can pen; and after I got home I worked in more details with a Hunt 101 nib.



detail:









Saturday, March 11, 2017

knife painting - Germantown shotgun houses



This is an oil painting I started about five years ago, and only had it at the underpainting stage before I put it on a shelf in the garage and forgot about it.  I didn't much like how it was coming along.  Finally, a few weeks ago, I pulled it out and used a painting knife to complete it.  It's one of my only knife paintings, and I like the result.  It was, for me, pretty experimental, since I don't have much experience with painting knives.  It was certainly different than the detailed pen and ink work I usually work on, and I want to do more soon.