Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Outdoor painters love a sunny day displaying interesting shadow patterns that contain rich, subtle colors contrasted with the bright sunlit spectrum. But, alas, you can't always have it that way.  Gray day paintings present a unique challenge, because they lack the availability of shadow shapes that are so nice to use in organizing eye catching compositions.  Also, and perhaps a bigger deterrent to a lot of painters, they're more difficult to pull off, and even when done well they can often communicate a rather subdued or depressing psychological aspect that doesn't readily appeal to collectors. 

Still, it's a good idea to take on the challenge, I think, because the forced necessity to organize close value relationships and subtle color intensities in a pleasing way strengthens the observation skill needed to paint better under any lighting situation.  The close scrutiny and careful paint mixing necessary to painting on a gray day is a great way to hone our ability.     

This painting was done last Saturday at the Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event, on a still, thinly overcast morning that gave the landscape a kind of beautiful glow.  I probably would have passed up painting the scene, were it not for the object of having paintings to enter in the show.  You take what you can get.  I was pleased with the result, and received a lot of compliments on the painting.  "Oh, how subtle and beautiful!"  Still, it didn't attract a buyer.  Those danged gray days!  

©Jimmy Longacre 2013
11x14 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
Texas impressionist landscape paintings

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