Sunday, January 26, 2014

NOTAN AND COLOR PLAN


Here's an exercise you may enjoy, and learn from.  Pull out one of your old plein air studies and analyze what you like and don't like about it.  It's probably best if you have some distance on when you first painted it.  Be very objective.  Consider what you can do to strengthen the Notan pattern (the harmonious arrangement of light and dark). and how you can improve your color.


Do a few black and white Notan sketches, each no larger than 3"x3". Consider whether it's a dominantly dark or light design.  Think about what you can do to enhance your focal point.  Now think about your color choices.  Try selecting a pre-set color plan.  I chose a blue-orange complementary (orange dominant), with touches of green and purple for spice.  Try to use each color in both the shadow and the light.  Don't be finicky with drawing and finish.  Just go for the simple notan shapes and limit yourself to your pre-set color plan.  You'll be surprised at what you can learn.


SYCAMORE COUPLE
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
??x?? oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
Texas impressionist landscape paintings

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Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Thursday, January 16, 2014

DIRECTED PLAYFULNESS


Here's one for those of you who like their color a bit on the wild side. I know.  A lot of you are saying, "What the hell is that?!   I do these usually as warm-up exercises, usually from something I've already painted.  It's a lot of fun to take a color idea, push it around and freely experiment with it.  Playfulness is a huge help to finding your own way and improving your skills.  When you free yourself from your self-imposed limitations, you more easily get into the zone of discovery.  Having fun is the reason most of us want to paint, and the fact is, the more fun we're having the more we're learning about how we like to paint. However, when we throw out all boundaries, we usually become bored because we know things just aren't coming together as we'd like.  I think the key is "directed playfulness".  Having something in mind that you're intentionally exploring opens the door to happy discoveries.


DREAMING ZION
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
11X14 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

Friday, January 10, 2014

ON CYPRESS CREEK


This is from an 8x10 plein air piece, done in the fall.  Most of my plein air paintings are not destined for my galleries.  Occasionally, one is strong enough to make it, but more often they're useful in the sense of studies.  You get things from outdoor work that would never happen in the studio.  Something I often enjoy doing is to go through my old paintings, select one and then evaluate what I think I could do to improve it, now. This is a great excercise for a number of reasons.  After time has passed on an earlier painting, I see it with fresh eyes, making it easier to identify its weaknesses and strengths.  Rather than copying the first version the fun is to approach it anew, re-thinking the design and composition, the notan pattern, the color relationships.  I may edit things out that are distracting, or add something that helps to bring out the focus and intent of the painting.  Also, because I'm continually painting almost daily, my approach has evolved, my taste has improved and the paint handling is usually fresher.


ON CYPRESS CREEK
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
14x18 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

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CAPITAL MORNING

This is around 8:30 a.m. on Congress Avenue, in Austin, Texas.  I've wanted to paint this scene with this particular lighting effect for quite awhile.  The illumination of the shadows on the capital building makes a wonderful study in values and colors. The shadows on the facade of the building are quite high in value, catching a tremendous amount of bounced light from the angle of the morning sun.  The other thing that I had to wrestle with was to keep the drawing simple enough that I didn't just get lost in the complexity of the architecture.

CAPITAL MORNING
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
14x18 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
Texas 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

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Jimmy Longacre_subjective impressionist landscape paintings_ZION CREEK BEND

The road that runs through Zion Natl. Park presents an almost endless array of beautiful scenes to improvise into paintings.  I was, at first, captured by the panoramic views of mountains and towering cliffs.  After the first few days, I began to notice more intimate views surrounding me.  This one was the first such scene I tried that had no massive mountains with sky.  I was starting to feel at home in the canyon, so I settled down to pay closer attention to the variety of stunning scenery.

ZION CREEK BEND
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
11x14 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective impressionist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

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

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

MORNING JOG


THIS ONE IS FROM THE HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL THAT RUNS THROUGH PEASE PARK IN AUSTIN. I'm going through recent paintings for entering a number of competitions that are coming up.  This was done last October.


MORNING JOG
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
9x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective impressionist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel



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