Tuesday, July 31, 2018

DIFFERENT STROKES

Always experimenting with how I make a painting is part of what keeps it fun and interesting.  When I'm working experimentally, I usually will use a small panel  (6x8; 8x10…), because I don't want to be fighting the feeling that I may just be "wasting paint".  Removing that pressure allows me to do anything I want.  Also, you can learn just as much experimenting small, and maybe more, since you can do series and multiples.  The purpose of these exercises is to evolve new things I'm interested in trying, such as different color, values, beginning, or as in this one, using thick paint.  


MORNING MEADOW
©Jimmy Longacre 2018
8X10 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery_Fredericksburg, TX
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

INVEST IN YOUR JUDGEMENTS

A study exercise in better discrimination.  Reviewing old paintings that were hopefully examples  "failing forward" :),  I will make a list of everything I can think of that might improve the first version.  When past work has sat in the "oh well" pile for a long enough period of time, bringing it out for close evaluation can be surprising.  What makes it work best for me is doing the study again with a punch list of the things I want to work on.  Like: composition, eye-path, light/dark pattern, focus, color, values…  You get the idea.  Don't just do the mental exercise, invest in your judgements, and paint with a purpose.  

TRANSFORMATION
©Jimmy Longacre 2018
8X10 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
The Art Gallery at Wimberley_Wimberley, TX

Friday, July 20, 2018

SO, WHAT'S THE SUBJECT?

It was the compositional potential of this scene that first made me want to paint it. Kind of unusual as a more intimate landscape subject. For me it's about the shapes and color harmony, My eyes are always on what's happening here in the Texas hill country

MID-SUMMER BOUQUET
©Jimmy Longacre 2018
16X20 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
The Art Gallery at Wimberley_Wimberley, TX

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

STEPS ALONG THE WAY

Small color/value studies are one of the steps my paintings go through in process to a finish.  Whether painting outdoors or in the studio, I like to begin with small (business card size) arrangements of light and dark shapes.  Having a simple pattern of light and dark with interesting shape silhouettes is the foundation for exciting me enough to want to do a painting.  Next, I will usually do studies like this one to try out the colors I will use and see how things might go.  I've painted so many flops, simply because I didn't do the preparation necessary to clarify what I wanted to paint.  These steps along the way are, for me, what raises my interest and expectation that I will have fun painting.

SHADY INLET
©Jimmy Longacre 2018
9X12 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
The Art Gallery at Wimberley_Wimberley, TX

Thursday, June 21, 2018

RELAXING INTO THE MOMENT

Walking around my hill at different times of day presents surprising differences in how things look. Relaxing into the moment seems to be the trick. Seeing with fresh eyes. My grand-kids are like that, too. :)

HILLSIDE (5pm, June)
©Jimmy Longacre 2018
9x12 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
The Art Gallery at Wimberley_Wimberley, TX

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

FINDING BEAUTY WHERE YOU LIVE

Another in a series from subjects I find on my hill in the Texas hill country. Playing with these colors was like finding a guitar scale that works nicely over a basic chord pattern.   It's a sad fact, but often the case, that what we see every day tends to become commonplace and uninspiring.  That leads to thinking that worthy subjects reside somewhere else than wherever we happen to be.  For an outdoor painter, it's good to keep in mind that if there's light falling on a group of shapes there's probably something fun there to paint.

SUNSET COLORS
©Jimmy Longacre 2018
9X12 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
The Art Gallery at Wimberley_Wimberley, TX

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

PROBLEMS SOLVED! I'M BACK.

Spring has sprung. Temperatures are climbing and the haze of summer rests on my hills.  Well, internet SNAFU's knocked me out of being able to post for the last few months. Maybe it was the Russians!!!  Well, no.  I don't think they care. 😐   Anyway, the problems have been solved, and I'll be trying to rebuild my posting habits.  

HAZY HILLS
©Jimmy Longacre 2018
9x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY 
Fredericksburg Art Gallery_Fredericksburg, TX


Saturday, December 30, 2017

OLD FRIENDS

This is a larger version of a subject I've painted a couple of times over the past four years. Compositionally, it's the same, but I have tried to apply what I have learned since then. Painting is not a fixed tool set. And if you're actively and regularly exploring, your skills continue to evolve and improve, making the whole process fresh and enjoyable.  This subject is like an old friend to me, and I was ready to visit it again.  Should auld acquaintance be forgot?  HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!

STILL HANGING ON
©Jimmy Longacre 2018
20x24 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery_Fredericksburg, TX
The Art Gallery at Wimberley_Wimberley, TX

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

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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

GALLERY LINKS
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

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

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