Friday, October 24, 2014

EN PLEIN AIR TEXAS INAUGURAL JURIED COMPETITION

PACKING TO LEAVE tomorrow for the Inaugural National Juried Plein Air Competition of En Plein Air Texas, in San Angelo. We will paint through next week in various locations, with the exhibit and awards presentation next Saturday. The artists are invited to bring 8 pieces other than the two we enter for judging in the competition. It's a bit humbling to be competing with such a select group of plein air painters, but I'm just going to do my best. I look forward to meeting and painting with them all.


Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FROM SMALL TO LARGE

The original of this subject sold immediately at my workshop in San Angelo last month. Three individuals who saw the original plein air version contacted me to ask if I would do another. I agreed to do another, but at 24"x30". Thought some of you may be interested in seeing the results.

When I get a good result from an original study painting, it sometimes comes under consideration for a follow-up version.  Going significantly larger is fun, but requires some new strategy.  What works well in a small version can be easily lost in a larger.  Why?  Well, The aesthetic information contained in the smaller version may carry plenty of impact, but appear rather anemic in the larger because there is so much more "real estate" to develop.  This points up the fact that an interesting painting is not so much about the "thing" it represents as it is the treatment of its design opportunities and entertaining the eye. I've posted the original and the larger version.  You should be able to pick out  which is which.  Try to observe what has changed and why.

ON A BROKEN LEDGE
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
24X30 oil on canvas panel

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subjective realist landscape paintings


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Monday, October 20, 2014

WELL, HEY, IT'S BETTER THAN NOT BEING NOTICED!

I was notified today that my plein air painting "HILL COUNTRY CELEBRITY" was included in the FAV15% of the September BoldBrush Painting Competition. That approximately works out to being selected in a group of 240 out 1600 entrants. Hmmm. Okay, that's nice.
HILL COUNTRY CELEBRITY
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
11X14 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

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River's Edge Gallery Kerrville TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT…

The first day of the Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event was overcast and very still. It was the prelude to a weak cold front that was about to push through the hills. Moisture hung in the air, and only an occasional birdcall broke the quiet. I usually prefer to paint sunshine and shadows, but in a paintout you have to work with what you get. As it turned out, I'm still pleased with the quiet mood of this little painting.

CHANGE OF SEASONS
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
11X14 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

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River's Edge Gallery Kerrville TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Saturday, October 11, 2014

BEING PART OF THE DAY


This is another plein air painting from last weekend at the Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event.  The first little cold front of the season had moved through during the night with rain showers and left an overcast morning.  After lunch, the clouds began to disappear and left a sparkling, cool day, and warm sunshine.  Can't beat being outdoors painting at such a time.  The difference is in the feeling of participating in something so fresh and just being a passive observer. 
  

EARLY OCTOBER
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
14X11 oil on canvas panel

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subjective realist landscape paintings


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Monday, October 6, 2014

TWO WINNERS AT KERRVILLE OUTDOOR PAINTERS EVENT

I am pleased to have received the KERRVILLE OUTDOOR PAINTERS EVENT, Second Place award for "HILL COUNTRY PRIDE". I also was awarded First Place in the Quick Draw event for "EARL GARRET'S GOLD". Both paintings were purchased immediately!

HILL COUNTRY PRIDE
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
11X14 oil on canvas panel

EARL GARRETT'S GOLD
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
9X12 oil on canvas panel


Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings


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