Friday, March 27, 2015

WHEN TO STOP?

This was completed, originally, as a study, and then evolved in the studio. Something I will commonly do in my process, unless of course, I am participating in a competition that asks that paintings be completed entirely on sight. That's a demonstration of a particular painting skill that surely has great value.  However, for me my objective is not a particular technique argued for by "purists".  I'm attracted by the act of interpretation.  Some interpretations are quick as a sandwich, while others are simmered in the crockpot.

I value my outdoor studies as the gathering of information for my own interest and imagination. Some of them remain just as they happened, but I have no rules to limit what I may choose to do to a painting.  Most of the time, I'm not painting to create a product.  I am evolving experiments concerning things that I am interested in for one reason or another.  Painting "en plein air" is a wonderful tool, and the fastest way I know of to improve painting skills.  However, some seem to want to raise it to an immutable style deriving its worth from the fact that it was accomplished out of doors.  I fail to see the value in that position. 

COLOR OF A DREAM
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
9x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

THE BUNKHOUSE GALLERY'S ANNUAL SHOW


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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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SPRING SKETCH


This isn't a plein air painting. I've been under a time crunch to do everything at once for the past week.  Yeeesh!  You know what I'm talking about.  I suddenly had time on my hands to paint, today, and this is the result.  This must be the fourth time I've revisited this particular painting.  This time I was experimenting with the sky colors and overall paint handling.  I think I'm done messing with this one.


SPRING SKETCH
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
9x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

PAINTING IN GEORGIA O'KEEFE'S BACKYARD


Very happy to announce my new workshop in Taos, New Mexico
PAINTING IN GEORGIA O'KEEFE'S BACKYARD

We will travel to 5 of her favorite painting sites for a full day of Plein-Air painting with a picnic lunch. Walking in her footsteps, we have a chance to see thru her eyes, and then let the inspiration inherent in these places seep into our souls to be expressed in our own way.
LOCATION: Taos Art School
DATES and TIME: Monday through Saturday, July 13 -18
MEDIUM: oil
SKILL LEVEL: beginners with basic skills to intermediate
PRICE: $685
SIGN-UP NOW: contact: Ursula Beck, Founder/Director, tas@laplaza.org, 505-758-0350
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Taos Plein Air Workshop

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PROGRESS ON A RAINY DAY


Painting in the studio, waiting for the weather to change. This one was a lot of jun. I've been wanting to do a format like this one.  With some studio time on my hands, I like to go back into past plein air studies, and select one to reconsider.  I try some different compositional ideas in a few notan sketches, until I hit on something that seems like it could make a strong painting.  Then, I try to work with a color idea that is more developed than I can do when speed painting in the field.  Finally, I try to apply things I'm working on to improve in some way.  In this case, I was trying for a more unified color feel and atmospheric effect.  This kind of exercise lets me re-imagine the scene and develop it according to my memory of the feeling I had while painting the study.

INDIAN SUMMER
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
8X16 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings


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Monday, March 2, 2015

FREEING UP WHAT WE SEE

Over the years, I've done more painting in Pedernales Falls State Park than anywhere else. It's where I started out years ago to begin learning to paint outdoors, and I've been there in every season and all kinds of weather. You could say it's been a love hate relationship. It can be a very harsh environment, and sometimes I actually feel I've just done everything I can with the place. That, of course, isn't true. It's just a matter of limited vision on my part. Still I go back, because it's close, and every now and then it teases me with something exciting.My copy goes here_

IN FEBRUARY
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
8X6 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