Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tenney Park Winter Painting

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

Tenney Park

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. :)
I only lasted two hours but I did it!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Snow at Last!

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

Token Creek

I spent two sunsets here and just couldn't do it justice. It's still half plein air but not the good half, lol. 16x20 oil on canvas.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Gibralter Rock

Yet another landscape started on site. I am still working on the values in the center. What a cool place for an outing if it didn't take a half hour to climb. On a side note, I got my scooter way up here! :)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Stages of Painting

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.