Friday, September 2, 2016

TAOS WORKSHOP ALERT

This was done in mid-August, before these last, wonderful rain storms.

WORKSHOP ALERT: Two spots still available for my TAOS WORKSHOP in September! 
I hope you will join us in painter's paradise. This workshop is for those interested in building solid plein air painting skills. We'll be focusing on seeing "the big picture", subject selection, design, notan, values simplification, and paint handling.
Last year we had a wonderful time exploring favorite painting locations of painters who are drawn to the area. Rivers, mountains, desert and canyons, from Ghost Ranch to the Wild Rivers part of the Carson National Forest. You can get all the information about the workshop and accommodations below.
LOCATION: Taos New Mexico
DATES and TIME: September 18 through 24 (9 to 4 daily)
MEDIUM: oil
SKILL LEVEL: beginners with basic skills to intermediate
SIGN-UP NOW: contact: Ursula Beck, Founder/Director, tas@laplaza.org, 505-758-0350
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Taos Art School
http://taosartschool.org/georgia_plein…/georgia_pleinair.htm


UNDEVELOPED
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
12X16  oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?


This one is an example of a game I enjoy playing. Take a plain, ordinary scene and try to find the seed of a fun painting idea in it. Then, do everything I can think of in a painting to give dramatic emphasis to that one thing_"the seed".  This is actually the guiding objective in any of my paintings.  The difference here is the humble source.  Not much to really stop for.  It's fun, and a great exercise.  

Ask yourself, "What's the big idea?" What is it you want to bring out?  Do everything you can in the planning and execution of your painting to make stunningly clear. 

Having one simple idea of what you're trying to emphasize in your painting is a great way to give your painting impact.  Let the 'one thing' govern all your decisions about what you want to do in your painting. 

SUNSTRUCK
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
16x20 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX



Friday, August 19, 2016

COME PAINT TAOS WITH ME!

WORKSHOP ALERT: Two spots just opened up for my TAOS WORKSHOP in September! 
I hope you will join us in painter's paradise.  This workshop is for those interested in building solid plein air painting skills.  We'll be focusing on seeing "the big picture", subject selection, design, notan, values simplification, and paint handling.     

Last year we had a wonderful time exploring favorite painting locations of painters who are drawn to the area.  Rivers, mountains, desert  and canyons,  from Ghost Ranch to the Wild Rivers part of the Carson National Forest.  You can get all the information about the workshop and accommodations below.
 LOCATION:  Taos Art School
DATES and TIME:  September 18 through 24 (9 to 4 daily)
MEDIUM:  oil
SKILL LEVEL: beginners with basic skills to intermediate
SIGN-UP NOW: contact: Ursula Beck, Founder/Director, tas@laplaza.org, 505-758-0350
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Taos Art School
http://taosartschool.org/georgia_pleinair/georgia_pleinair.htm
THE LLAZY LLANO
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
12x16 oil on canvas panel
Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel
GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Thursday, August 18, 2016

THINK BEFORE YOU PAINT

This required a lot of editing and rearranging. I was so taken by the receding pattern of the rocky peninsulas that I started off as a slave to what I was seeing. What had looked so interesting at the outset turned out to be visual confusion. I scraped them out and replaced them with a few that I put where I wanted them for the design.

MORNING ON THE LLANO
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
12x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Monday, July 25, 2016

THANK YOU!

VERY HAPPY TO HAVE "BURROW MESA BIG BEND" chosen for the June BOLDBRUSH FAV15%! The competition attracts over 2,000 entries.  A collector/friend had asked for, "something from my Big Bend work".  I had been working on a series of Big Bend paintings, and so, I had something in mind that I wanted to try for this.  You know that feeling when you're working on a painting that just seems to have it going on from the start?  Well, It's nice to be able to reaffirm my collector's decision.

BURRO MESA BIG BEND
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
20x24 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Friday, July 22, 2016

GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR SUBJECT

I'm having fun preparing to do a painting of Barton Creek for a collector. This is one of the paintings I've done to become familiar with the area.  The final painting will be fairly large (28x38).  When possible, I like to do a series of smaller paintings in preparation.  The series may be drawings, sketches, and small paintings.  Besides being a lot of fun, the approach tends to get me interested and opens my eyes to the feel of the place.  Not only that, it helps me build confidence and excitement about the project.   

COTTONWOOD SNAG
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
16x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
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Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Friday, July 15, 2016

GET IT WHEN YOU CAN


Nice being able to still get out and find water in the creeks. For me, it's strictly mornings for getting out. Dangerously hot! I've included my 8x10 field sketch along with the air conditioned studio interpretation.

LIMESTONE CROSSING
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
16X20 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Monday, June 27, 2016

BETWEEN THE LIGHT AND SHADE

I've had the photo-reference for this a long time. I selected it for today's exercise. I'm currently trying to pay close attention to shape and value relationships. With the shapes, I'm practicing getting plenty of variety. No two shapes similar in size and profile. With the values, I'm always trying to group the big simple families of light and dark. This helps to make better mixing decisions that will give the painting impact. This one required some careful value reads for me to unravel what was going on. Once I was satisfied with my rough three-tone block-in (Light grow, Shadow group, and Mid-value group), it was fun just inventing with paint to match the value groups.

BETWEEN THE LIGHT AND SHADE
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
8x8 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DAILY PRACTICE

I find my small daily exercise paintings, like this one, to be my best source of experimentation and inspiration. My first step is to decide on what I'm trying to learn during the session, which lasts up to 2 hours. Then, before I paint, to give it the same design considerations and emphasis I would a larger painting. The nice thing is I can learn as much doing these small paintings as the larger ones. The biggest pay-off has been how it keeps me discovering and focusing on things in my work that are developing daily. When paintings go badly, as they occasionally will, it isn't as emotionally depressing as when I've invested a lot of work in a larger painting. Painting the small studies every day lets the bad ones tell me what I need to work on next.

PEDERNALES PATTERNS
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
6x8 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Saturday, June 18, 2016

CHICKEN IN THE BARN

From a stretch outside San Marcos where the old way is still hanging on.

CHICKEN IN THE BARN
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
6X8 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ESCONDIDO's 14TH FAIRWAY

It's been a fun and amazing spring, with workshops, shows, gallery work, competitions and commissions. Today, I'll post the painting I recently finished for one of the commissions. 
This was a wonderful challenge and a lot of fun.  We scouted four of my client's favorite fairways on this gorgeous course.  They have invited me to come to Houston to do another painting of the same size for their club, there.

I'll follow up soon, with other things I've been doing.


ESCONDIDO's 14th Fairway
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
28x38 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Thursday, March 31, 2016

SEEING AND DESIGNING PAINTINGS WITH IMPACT 


LANDSCAPE OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP _ April 21 - 23
San Angelo, Texas.

There are still a few spaces available! This workshop will be indoors and will explore the critical painting fundamentals of “seeing" like an artist, and designing the shapes and values of the landscape. These skills are absolutely fundamental for successful studio and plein air approaches. From this foundation you will learn a dependable painting approach as the basis for more success and fun painting.”  
Contact Crystal Goodman, Vino Dipinte Art Gallery cgoodmanart@hotmail.com (361) 237-9358


Jimmy Longacre subjective realist landscape paintings
MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX