-May: "California Light" - Landscapes. Christopher Queen Gallery, Duncans Mills, CA.
•May 21-June 29: Paso Robles Art Festival
•June 18-21: Paint San Clemente, Southern California.
-June 29-July 5th: Telluride Plein Air. -September 2014: Sergio Lopez/Mia Bergeron - Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC. -October 2014: "The Traveling Painters," 3-Person Show - Christopher Queen Gallery, Duncans Mills, CA.
Tonight I am doing something a little different. I'm posting up a painting of mine which I don't like and am going to try and explain what I don't like about it and how I would change it.
This is a painting that I worked on two separate days, 1.5 hours each, approximately. The thing I like the most about this view is the two clusters of trees opposite of each other. I don't much like the foreground mound very much, but I do sort of like the mustard plants in the foreground.
The two main problems I have with the piece are the lack of separation between the middle ground and the background, and the awkward shape shooting off of the cluster of eucalyptus trees in the middle ground. Also, there is an overall flatness characterized by a lack of atmospheric depth.
Here's what it looks like after some Photoshoppage:
I added a bluish glaze to the entire background and also added some violet tones to the shadows in the eucalyptus. It sits that way further back in space. I also darkened the mound and resolved the shadow pattern to make it more 3-dimensional. I added some orange and violet to the light side of the eucalyptus cluster just to separate them some from the hills in the background.
I didn't like how the line of the shadow ends in the bottom right corner either so I tweaked that up with the distort tool...
This view has potential, but I will have to find a more interesting foreground to go with the parts that interest me the most before I attempt a proper painting of this view.
I've got a few oldies and some newies too... This first one was painted in Auburn. It has a pretty cool looking courthouse in the middle of town that I painted as the afternoon was coming to a close...
This second painting I might have posted before, but I have never scanned it, I don't think. I painted it last October during my "Fantastic Titanic Art Week" aka Capitol Plein Air Festival. This was for the Quick Draw event.
I painted this last week at the Sebastopol Monday afternoon painting session. The lighting there is just horrible, but it kinda forces me to do things I wouldn't normally do, such as inventing color combos, inventing backgrounds, etc. It's made me pretty good at painting a portrait fairly quickly, since I rarely show up on time...
I painted this last week in one of my favorite areas of Santa Rosa. I like the color. It was painted at a time I don't normally paint because the light and color changes so quickly. What you have to do in this situation is anticipate what is going to come next and adjust your painting accordingly...
I got a couple of these pads of OLD HOLLAND CANVAS PAD (10 SHEETS) 6X8" which I am loving. They feel great on your brush and they are a very good surface for quick studies. I painted this guy in about a half hour. I did a few more on these which I will post once they dry.