Monday, December 30, 2013

SELECTION, EDITING AND ARRANGEMENT

TEMPLES AND THRONES  12x16  plein air   oil on canvas panel
This view in Zion Natl. Park can be seen from the spacious, covered porch of the Historical Center.  It's part of a sweeping amphitheater, with a vast wealth of painting subjects, any time of day.  The Shadow patterns slowly shift and transform the view as the sun moves across the sky.  There's way more information than you can possibly handle, so it's a great exercise in selection, editing and arrangement.

The thing I was most interested in was the dominating morning shadow pattern of the mountains.  I began by deciding how I might arrange these shadow shapes to create focus on the wedge of light on the mountains connecting the foreground and sky.  With that in mind I began to block in a simplified NOTAN design for my composition.  This is a big help in starting to invent the painting, while avoiding being drawn into a monumental drawing problem of "transcribing" the scene as it appears. Boring!  Instead, right from the start, I can begin improvising to bring out my intent for this magnificent subject.

After a quick skeleton sketch in ochre, I chose to use an exaggerated blue-purple under-tone to block-in the shadows. I'm just trying to get a nicely connected pattern that will guide me through the process as I lay in color.

Next, I add a pattern of medium value that adds a bit of form, develops the focal emphasis (the passage where the light transitions from the valley to the sky) and gives me the basic 3 value plan I will use to develop my idea.  From hear on, I try to mix whatever colors I add so that they will remain within the value groups.

This is a 12x16 inch painting, and quite a bite of subject matter for me to handle as a plein air effort.  I was happy with how things were going after a couple of hours, but the light had significantly altered and there was no point in trying to extract more information.  So, I chose to come back the next morning, same time, same spot, to finish.  This was a lot of fun to paint, and reminded me that nothing enhances spontaneity and improvisation like careful planning.   :)

TEMPLES AND THRONES
©Jimmy Longacre 2013
12x16 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective impressionist landscape paintings

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

MADE IN THE SHADE

Because of the steep canyon walls there are interesting shadow/light patterns all day long.  Sorry, to be so brief with my posts.  I've been spending lots of time with my family over the holidays, and trying to put up some of the work I did while in Zion Natl. Park in November and early December.  I'll get back to being a bit more thorough after the new year.


NOONDAY SHADOWS
©Jimmy Longacre 2013
14X11 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective impressionist landscape paintings

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River's Edge Gallery Kerrville TX
Austin Street Gallery Rockport TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Sunday, December 22, 2013

FRESH EYES

Going back through the studies I painted at Zion National Park reminds me how much fun I was having there.  Putting myself in a new environment is a sure way to awaken the senses and inspire me to paint.  Everything looks new and fresh.  Motives to paint seem to be everywhere I look.  It also gives me fresh eyes for my home landscapes.  More travel planned for this year!

CANYON WALL
©Jimmy Longacre 2013
14x11 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective impressionist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

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River's Edge Gallery Kerrville TX
Austin Street Gallery Rockport TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Friday, December 20, 2013

HOME AGAIN!

I've been traveling to paint during October and November.  It was a wonderful experience to get out into new landscapes.  Now, I'm playing catch-up back in the studio.  It's great to be home again, but I need to improve my juggling act this year.  I have a new iPad, so I can start posting while traveling.

Here's a plein air study done in magnificent Zion National Park.  I'll try to show you more of what I've been doing.  I feel things changing, getting more direct in my paint handling.  I think that's coming from paying closer attention to starting with a good notan pattern. Careful planning is the greatest enhancement to spontaneity!

ZION CLIFFS
©Jimmy Longacre 2013
9X12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective impressionist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
River's Edge Gallery Kerrville TX
Austin Street Gallery Rockport TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX