This is a small night study or Nocturne of the Oregon coast. I had little time after work today, but I got the basic colors and values in to start this one. I will refine later and will thicken the paint.
So the vacation was actually a computer repair enforced vacation and not a real one. The computer is back and in good repair. I worked on the lantern study. You can see the changes I made to improve the sky, detail the horizon with trees. I began to add in the shine and reflections from the light. I will need to continue to refine this and improve the depth in the glass globe and details on the lantern.
Above you can see the progress in reverse order. I blocked in the basic colors and then started refining the spaces and some of the values/"colors." I have a few tree trunks and some foliage to modify on the right side to finish this up.
This is the competed Great Falls Plein Air. Since I added to it after leaving the scene it is not technically still Plein Air but, the fading, changing light meant I had to stop anyway, as I am not fast enough yet to capture the scene quickly. Though Plein Air is the means to getting better.
Today, I messed with a couple of different paintings I had blocked in previously. I will continue to post the before and afters so you can see the progress and how I have tweaked things on the path of getting them to a finished state. The top photo is today;s work. I refined the sky, the cliffs and the foreground. It is getting closer to a state I will be happy with and I will probably play some more with it tomorrow evening.
Today, I puttered around on a few things, but this is what I did which was the biggest change on things. I decided to block in the start of these Orchids. Just the basics color notes and the background. I will add to the Flowers details and will leave the background dark but textured from the thick application of paint.
Today, I braved the cold with artist Armand Cabrera and Plein Air painted at Great Falls Virginia. It is where the Potomac river passes over a series of rocky shelves. Plein Air is great for observation of nature and improving your painting skills. It is also a huge challenge. I only completed part of my two canvasses. I will probably work a little more on both tomorrow. I captured as much as I could before the winter sunshine shifted too much and changed all the colors and shadows.
Sycamore Tree study is what I worked on this evening after the full day at work. I had done the initial block in early for the background and I added the trunk and some of the branches. More work will need to be done on this but it has a decent start.
I finished up with some highlights on the rooster as part of my activities this evening. Now I will ignore it for a while and see if anything bothers me after a few days, but this is probably finished. I will get a scan of it when it is dry which will be better than this photo.
Today was a snow day in DC. Not really because there was so much snow, but more through bad drivers, ice and no road prep. I putted around on a couple of paintings, but this is a small study which I did the most on and which I was most satisfied.
Just a quick post tonight, I went back to the day job today. I did this quick sketches of seagulls on the last day of the year. I did three pages but these are probably best. I tried a new technique with a brush pen. Imagine a felt tip maker but with a more brush like flexible tip. It makes interesting lines but it will require a lot of work to get them interesting and better than these.
This is my 400th Posting on this blog. I started this blog as Art Therapy and a way to discipline myself to improve my abilities. The Art Therapy was to distract myself from the personal loss of James, my son. The discipline is to improve my capabilities. Life is short and I wanted to focus myself and use the blog as a motivation to do something every day. Today, I messed with the painting from Steamboat lake and I blocked in the initial colors of this tiny canvas Rooster. This was combined with an art room re-organization and New Years cleaning. Tomorrow, I will begin the march to 500 postings with more practice.
I spent the afternoon and evening at the Chesapeake Fine Art Studio on Kent Island in Maryland. It was a New Years Celebration and party. They had two models and Sarah was one of them. I sketched her a couple of times in 20 minutes poses. This was the most successful of the sketches.