Trying to get back in the groove after teaching. It’s proving to be hard – the mindset to teach is very different from painting my own stuff. I need to get out of the tram lines and trust myself to experiment a bit more. Even though I’ve been doing demo paintings each week I’ve held back a lot to keep to the principles we work on. It’s tough and makes the paintings a bit of a chore as I can’t experiment on the fly. And now I have the freedom to do what I want I can’t remember how it works.
So today is another wet canvas.com challenge as subject matter is eluding me.
And some blocks just for a warm up.
I made a yellow block as yellow shadows are tough. It doesn’t go with the pink of my studio walls (which I will get round to painting someday) but the colors are pretty close to life.
So the paint just wasn’t going away and I was left with orange, red and phthalo blue. So perfect for a sunset yes? After rooting around on
I found a sunset that looked doable but not fiendish. My previous sunsets have left something to be desired and they can end up looking pretty cheesy. This time I think I got away with it. Pretty happy.
This was really tough and I almost didn’t post. Not much to say really – had terrible trouble with getting the tonal values right. The pier came out too dark and the sea too light and then when I went in and corrected it all just looks *meh*.
Started on the palm trees – was pretty happy at this point and hopes were high.
Oh dear – what is that pier thing doing? Maybe I would have been better off without it completely.
Rather enjoyed this one. Having done a few of these now I’m getting the hang of substituting in my colors and brushes instead of his. He has his own line of bristle brushes to give a nice ragged effect for trees and grasses. I substitute in my synthetic flat brush for this reasonably successfully. Ditto for colors. He uses the Maimeri Blu brand and I do various conversions e.g. brown stil de grain = burnt sienna, primary blue cyan = cobalt blue.
Intermediate steps are below.
Some foreground trees – stage 2 darks.
Stage 4 – final detail. Branches on the trees, more snow shadows and some leaf detail.