Friday, December 1, 2017

THE ART GALLERY AT WIMBERLEY

Very pleased to announce that The Art Gallery in Wimberley has been added as one of my galleries. A wonderful selection of Texas painters. Please, stop by if you happen to be in the area.

NEW PAINTINGS IN WIMBERLEY
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX
The Art Gallery at Wimberley Wimberley TX





Wednesday, November 22, 2017

HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING

So much to give thanks for. After salvation, family and health is the time I have to paint. Happy thanksgiving to all.

SPANISH OAKS
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
9x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Saturday, November 4, 2017

ACCENTUATING VALUES AND SHAPES 2

Just putting up another example where the focus of my exercise is on this same subject.

SURVIVOR    11X14
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
??x?? oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Thursday, November 2, 2017

ACCENTUATING VALUES AND SHAPES

When we get to where we're paying attention to shapes instead of "things" we see new horizons for our painting fun.  This is a game changer!  Laboring to render "things" is a frustration to having fun with color, design and expression.  The three most important things about painting shapes are, values, values and then values.  This is what enables us to make our paintings "pop".  If the values in our paintings aren't rightly related the rest results in disappointment and confusion.

Don't get me wrong the shapes we paint often enclose a "thing", or combine two or more "things" into one shape.  But if we don't see them first as shapes to be designed, we're limited as to what we can do to make beautifully related color, and the sense of light, and atmosphere.

Step one: Identify the big shapes that will make up your painting, and design them for focus.
Step two: Determine the values in the light and those in the shade, and separate them. Exaggerate!
Step three: Emphasize the form by showing how light acts as it falls on things.
Step four:  Block-in the painting by relating the big simple value shapes.

RED CREEK BLUES
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
11X14 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

DESIGNING FOR WARM AND COOL COLOR

Avoiding the trap of trying to paint the scene as I saw it allows me to express what really captures my interest in a subject.  First of all knowing why I want to paint the subject is central to everything I'm going to do.  I recently read a quote that rings very true to me: Design is doing everything for the sake of the one thing.  Designing the big shapes and values is the key to self expression.  If I get those right, what colors I choose to paint them is up to me.  The main thing I try for, when it comes to color, is the arrangement of warm and cool temperatures rather than mixing accurate colors.  It not only harmonizes the colors, but it opens the door to atmosphere and depth.

MORNING ENCHANTMENT
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
12x24 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Friday, September 29, 2017

RIGHT VALUE SHAPES FREE YOUR COLOR CHOICES

Here are a couple more of the results of recent experiments.  If we first make sure our value shapes are in right relationship, then almost any color you choose will work fine.  Whether they're bright and intense (as in these two) or somber and moody, it's the values that communicate the sense of light and reality.  Many painters struggle with trying to match their color to nature or photos.  A nice skill to have, but often confusing and misleading.  The magic is not in the colors so much as in right values.  If we pay attention to separating the value relationships, we find that we're free to use any colors we choose!  And, hey, that's fun painting!

BANKS OF THE PEDERNALES
&  JUST BEFORE SUN-UP
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
12X16 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX



Thursday, September 7, 2017

BACKLIGHTING AND DESIGN

Backlighting can produce strong design effects because it produces big value shapes of the sides of things away from the sun.  In this case I have not used full, direct backlighting, where the sun is shining directly at the viewer.  The sun, here, is actually just out of the picture and to the left, but since the sun is still in front of us, the effect of strong dark value shapes is still in play.  With this type of lighting situation, the painter can arrange those dark shapes to the hearts desire to achieve a striking composition.  If you want to experiment with this, remember to be conscious of the angle of the sun coming into the picture, in order to keep the effect consistent, and avoid confusion.

SUNRISE OVER THE RIDGE
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
16X20 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Sunday, August 20, 2017

This painting was done with a limited palette, using venetian red, gold ochre, cerulean blue hue, white and black.  It's a great way to change up your usual procedure.  Using only the three primaries plus white and black allows me to focus on the shapes, values and color temperatures to suggest an effect of light and atmosphere.

PEDERNALES MORNING
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
12X16 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MORE VAL-HUE STUDIES

Another couple of the val-hue studies I do in preparation for doing the actual paintings.  I can't over-emphasize the benefits of this practice.  Rather than thinking about "things" I'm going to paint, this involves designing the shapes, separating the values and trying out colors.  Spending an hour or two in trying out light and dark shape arrangements (notan), Simplifying shapes and making sure no two are alike in size, direction or value puts you way down the road towards a successful painting, rather than trying to render the literal appearance of things (boring!).  If the value relationships are correct, almost any colors will look good!  This is 80% of whatever creativity will go into your work, and it really raises the fun and learning factors exponentially.

DRIFTING SHADOWS &
MORNING ON BEE CREEK
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
6x8 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Friday, August 11, 2017

NOTAN AND VAL-HUE STUDIES

If you're not doing any preparation before beginning your paintings, you may be missing out on one of the biggest progress boosters in your painting tool-kit.

When working in the studio, it's a good idea to use some of your time to explore and prepare for the paintings you have planned.  No matter how you how you paint, loose, tight, whatever.  You will benefit by these steps:
1.  Decide what you want to emphasize about your subject, and then compose everything with that focus in mind.
2.  Do several small, quick notan doodles with a view toward organizing the shapes as being distinctly in the light or shade.  These don't need to be any bigger than a business card.  Plan to emphasize the one thing you want to emphasize.  Whether outside or in the studio, do not try to copy your subject from from nature or photo.  Use your reference to derive the information you need.  Don't just take dictation.  It's no fun and you'll soon tire of the drudgery.  Leave stuff out that doesn't support your focal idea.
3.  Simplify your subject into a few big shapes, without any detail.
4.  Finally, do a quick, small, val-hue study.  (4x6, 5x7, 6x8)  Take care with choosing your values.  They're the key to the success of your painting.  If your value shapes are rightly related, you're way down the road towards beautifully related hues.

Now, use your val-hue study as your primary reference to create your painting.  Don't copy color from photos, they're all wrong.  The shadows are way too dark, and colors are wild and disorderly, and the values cannot be trusted.

PEDERNALES MORNING
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
6X8 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SHOW OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT

These four new paintings are part of my show which will open this Friday evening at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, 405 Main Street in Fredericksburg. I'm excited to be showing this group of new paintings, and I hope you'll be able to stop by if you plan to be in the area. I will be painting in the gallery during the day on Saturday. The show will be on display throughout the month of August.

If you'd like to preview all of my paintings in this show, please, visit my website. If you care to purchase one or more of the paintings, before the opening, Clayton or Camille, at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery,will be glad to help you. 830-990-2707

TITLES OF PAINTINGS
Terlingua Cliffs
Lavender Flow
Frio Rio Fandango
Out To Pasture

©Jimmy Longacre 2017
oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel


GALLERIES
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery_ Austin, Texas




Monday, May 15, 2017

PAINTING THE LIGHT

Painting the light is what I'm trying to do in my landscapes. This scene changes dramatically during the day as the sun moves through the sky, and I paint it every now and then. This is one of my favorites. Part of the fun is to select color that is not the expected and then try to relate the values and hues in such a way that I still portray what happens to a scene because of the existing character of the light.  Iin this case, late afternoon on a bright sunny day.  A couple of the main influencers I'm using here is recognizing that color in the foreground will usually be more saturated and contrasty.  Moving into the distance, color tends to get cooler, lighter and grayer.  It's a great exercise for becoming more aware of the beautiful effect of light on my subject.

LATE AFTERNOON
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
12X16  oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX