Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Summer at the Cabin

24"x24" oil

Not content with a single portrait at a time, I try for the group pose, arranging the elements in an "arc of friendship" curving from upper left to lower right, and I don't know if the composition works all that well, but the intent was to get the eye going in a clockwise circle, following the hands.  This is still a work in progress, though I doubt there will be any major changes at this point, perhaps a few alterations and some glazing to make the colors richer.  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

One Last Hot Day

After dropping off in temperature and raining a bit, the weather turned and climbed back into the 90's again, if only for a couple of days.  I took advantage of the heat to sit out on the deck and do a plein air painting (within a few steps of a cold pitcher of iced tea!)  Frequently when I try painting outdoors, I am frustrated that I don't capture what I am after; the brushwork is sloppy and the values seem off.  I find that if I bring it back to the studio, I can sometimes do another piece using the color information from the sketch, and that redeems it somewhat.  But this time, for whatever reason, the value and color shifts seemed more accurate, lending a depth to the painting, which was what I was focusing on, and the trees in the foreground do seem to be closer and shaded.  

Poul Webb, over at Art & Artists, is a great source for in-depth study of various artists.  Currently he is doing a 13 part series on Fantin-Latour, someone I have not paid much attention to over the years.  But when I saw some of his portraits and lithographs, I was utterly charmed.