Rick's previous post reminded me of how nice a place Tenney Park is for a possible winter painting of ice skaters in action. I'm posting two photos from when I was out there a couple weeks ago. The one photo (with the large sky area) if from right next to the shelter building looking west. The shelter offers a nice place to warm up. I wanted to do a painting with nice sunset colors through the clouds above the ice, with a few skaters on the blue-gray ice below. It looked promising for a while but then just after I started painting the sky became totally overcast. That effort didn't work out but if the ice doesn't melt I may try it again soon.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tom you got me fired up to go down to Tenney. I haven't painted snow at all since I took up painting again and never outside. Granted 40 degrees plus isn't frigid but I stuck my easel in the snow so it knew how it felt. :)
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Okay, okay, okay ... it's about time we put a snow painting here. This was a studio effort, not plein air, but at least it's snow. I'm hoping to get a plein air snow painting this coming week. I was out at the Tenny Park skating pond last week trying to paint but it didn't work out very well. I tried to start a painting with a panel toning and wipeouts but because of the cold and clumsy gloves, I had a terrible time controlling the wipeouts (with a rag). I'll try a different approach next week.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Decided to photograph the progress of this painting. It's a view of the Mississippi River from Dubuque. I did this this in three sessions: the underpainting / sketch, then the first pass of painting (I could have left it at this stage except for the very rough foreground), and then the final painting. In the final step I decided I needed to punch up the contrast but in comparing it to step two I think I lost some of the mood and atmosphere that inspired me to paint this scene in the first place. I never really know where my paintings are going to end up and it's interesting to see the progression. I just wish I could go back a step when I overwork a painting.