Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day's End

...Day's End...
6" x 8" - oil on panel

This is a park near where I live. There are lots of gulls and shorebirds here. The strip of blue behind the trees is San Francisco Bay. The mood of stillness and glow of the sky are what made me want to paint this.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Pink Sunrise

...Pink Sunrise...
6" x 8" - oil on linen panel

Sunrise over the salt marshes... You can see the lights of a city across the bay. Everyone is just waking up. A few are out walking their dogs.

I haven't done many paintings that are predominately dark in value, and even in this one, I lightened the ground a bit, but I like the mood quite a lot! I will be painting more dark works for sure!

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Shoreline Fog

...Shoreline Fog...
5" x 7" - oil on museum quality panel

Sometimes we have what the weatherman likes to call patchy fog. It really looks cool, especially when warmed by the sun. Here the tide was low in these salt marshes. I had a hard time trying to simplify all the detail. The old wooden pier is falling down, and is sort of a landmark in this area. I like painting it!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Coastal Pine at Dusk

...Coastal Pine at Dusk...
6" x 6" - oil on museum quality panel

Okay, this is just a tree. So, why did I want to paint it? Well, the sky behind it gives a feeling that the tree is singing, or is joyful. See the vibrations. See how it has its branches lifted up... And, it's just beautiful! 

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Tranquil Evening

...Tranquil Evening...
5" x 7" - oil on Gessobord panel

I painted this one transparently, like a watercolor. There is a small amount of white in the water and distant hills. The white of the foreground is just the white of the panel showing through. It actually was hard to paint, even though I have done a lot of watercolors. 

There is something about the combination of blue and yellow: so clean and fresh, yet cheerful and tranquil.  I hope that is how you feel looking at it! A great way to end the day!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Orange Sunrise

...Orange Sunrise...
6" x 6" - oil on museum quality panel

When I first moved to Northern California, I would go out at dawn to see the sunrise, and usually it would just be gray, with maybe just a sliver of pink. But now, the colors are so brilliant, I have to paint it! It inspires me.
This is a scene from along the San Francisco Bay Trail. People were out jogging, walking their dogs, and smiling, as they watched this beautiful sunrise.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

As the Sun Sets behind Mt. Tam...

...As the Sun Sets Behind Mt. Tam...
6" x 6" - oil on museum quality panel

Here is a scene from the Richmond Marina. I was inspired to paint this because of that strip of water in the middle that is positively glowing! I love the huge skies here! The sunsets and sunrises are wonderful. In the background is the ship, SS Red Oak Victory, which was build right here at the Kaiser Shipyards during WW II. It is a museum now.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Slurpy Paint and Five Brushes

Returning--oil painting in progress
Here is an unfinished painting. I am posting it because I had so much fun painting the sky! Most books and articles on painting don't talk about the kinesthetic aspects of painting, but it is the fun part! And the surface appearance is a huge part of the total energy of the artwork. (Yes, they do emit an energy... )

As you can see, there was some painting done before I got to the sky, but I'll save that for a future post.

Now, for the sky! I pre-mixed all the colors from the dark blue-gray to the bright orange, and added enough Liquin to give the paint a slurpy consistency. Then, using soft, rounded, flat brushes (sable filberts) with a different brush for each color, I started with the darkest color using a light touch. These clouds swoosh across the sky, so I used swooshing motions with the brush.

Above is a close-up. I felt like a conductor leading a sympthony, using a whole handful of brushes and letting the strokes swoosh like the motion of the wind--not doing too much blending, because it would muddy the paint. But keeping it light and smooth, so the glow underneath would show through. Just enjoying the feeling of each stroke as the brush glided across the surface. Yeah, slurpy!

Now, back to painting... That water is going to be difficult!