Friday, January 16, 2015

DEVELOPING A STUDIO PAINTING

Here's another five-step sequence of the studio painting I did today.  This is from my plein air study and the photo I shot when I started the painting.  I have moved things around to create a focal area and value pattern that is the basis for my idea in this painting.  The morning light was beautiful, and I wanted to capture the natural freshness of the scene.
STEP 1_ You can see my pencil drawing that I used to transfer my design.  I applied a thin wash of burnt umber and transparent earth red cut with mineral spirits, to take away the white canvas and start the color in the direction I want to go.  I placed the transparent red
 oxide in the area of my focus.
STEP 2_ I laid-in the value pattern with a mix of ultramarine blue and permanent alizarin slightly thinned with Liquin.  At this point, I just want something cool in temperature and dark enough to represent the mid-range darks along with a few darker accents. 
STEP 3_ I estimated the general color and values of the background mountains and sky.
STEP 4_ Develops the general color and value in the rest of the light in the mid and foreground areas.
STEP 5_ Shows the finished painting.

DESERT RIVER
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
16x20 oil on canvas panel
 Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ART REQUIRES SOMETHING MORE. WHAT IS IT?


A nice thing about  painting is the liberty to bring things together, and arrange them the way I like. Fall can bring out the magic in our central Texas landscape.  We rarely have a big show of color, but the touches and patches can be all the more delicious in their relative scarcity.

  All the information is available in the landscape, but it's up to the artist to do something with it that strikes a chord within.  Much like the storyteller who casts a spell by crafting her tale from  personal experience, and exaggeration. The exaggeration must be selective and skillfully woven into the fabric of reality to produce a certain effect.

The ways to paint are endless. Although I enjoy seeing many approaches and styles, not every way calls to me.  I paint out doors quite a bit. That's where I hear the call.  When I'm out painting, I can observe beauty, and it's a great way to learn and improve the skills needed to grow as a painter.  You wind up facing challenges you would never have considered or learned in the studio alone.  The skills gained afford the ability to chase feelings that are just out of reach. Discovering as you go.  It seems the more I paint, the more my motive tends toward bringing things together as they seem right to me.  I want to emphasize what I'm after.  Trying to express a personal feeling, rather than reporting on "reality" as I find it.  Something needs to be added.   The beauty I discover in nature becomes the vocabulary.  The look and feel of the paint is where the spell is cast and the story is told.    Exaggeration is necessary.


AUTUMN SHORELINE
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
12x16 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Saturday, January 3, 2015

MY RESOLUTION FOR 2015!

Another one of my entries for Plein Air Southwest Salon 2015.  Once I get caught up, I will be posting with more painting information.  The juggle to get show entries off, schedule my workshops, competitions, and shows, supply my galleries, keep up on my records and accounts, and so on is the biggest challenge of being an artist.  This year, I'm going to get my studio business in order. There's my most important New Year's resolution!   

BIG BEND LATE PM
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
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
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Friday, January 2, 2015

PLEIN AIR SOUTHWEST SALON 2015


Another of my candidates for This year's Plein Air Southwest Salon.


DUCKS ON THE POND
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
14x11 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX