Thursday, April 30, 2015

GOOD BEING ALIVE!

Spring, full sun, noontime, 80 degrees. Good being alive.  Drove out to meet friends to paint on a ranch.  The fence gate was locked, and the sun was quickly climbing to mid-morning.  I like to catch the light around nine.  Standing around wondering what to do.  I was all packed and ready, with no where to go.  I got in my car determined to paint.  It was eleven before I found a place to set-up.  Felt good just to go for the painting.  Mixing the paint and piling it on.  Good for my soul.

PATHWAY INTO THE WOODS
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
11X14 oil on canvas panel

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

CLOUDY DAY APPROACH


Overcast days is what we're having in the Texas Hill Country. A friend of mine enjoys them because they don't trigger her chronic migraines. They can be another kind of headache for painters. 

This one was interpreted from Willow Creek.  When the sun is shining compositions are driven by the contrasting shapes of light and shade.  I have to admit, that's where my preference lies, however due to the prevailing cloudy days, I've been practicing interpreting those circumstances.  For cloudy day paintings, we usually need to find shape contrasts in the local coloration of the elements in the scene.  Not only is the compositional problem different, but the mood is usually quite different as well.

  
EASY ON THE EYES 
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
12x16 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HAPPY WORKSHOP PAINTERS!

Just returned from my San Angelo Workshop, "INTERPRETING THE LANDSCAPE - INDOORS AND OUT".  What an enthusiastic and talented group of 16 painters!  Even though my pictures are from an iPhone, I want you to see these happy artists and their work.  I'll post more in a couple of days.  I'm so proud of every one of them!

We studied what I consider to be three essential skills for success in painting landscapes en plein air or in the studio:  The elements of light, Arranging the light / dark pattern, and color temperature mixing.

I still have a few openings left in my Taos, Plein Air workshop. 


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jimmy Longacre_subjective realist landscape paintings_ APRIL COLORS

Here's another on the spot painting from my trip to Rockwall. It was another overcast, blustery day. I was ready to give up finding a subject when I saw this spunky little stand of cedar. A lot of folks don't respond to gray day paintings, but it's part of what I study when painting outdoors.

APRIL COLORS
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
9X12 oil on canvas panel

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subjective realist landscape paintings

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Friday, April 10, 2015

WHEN THE SUN WON'T SHINE


I usually choose sunny weather to paint outdoors, but on a recent visit to Rockwall, Texas, It was cloudy and rainy for four days straight, and a great exercise in finding subjects to paint.  When it's sunny, you have warm, bright colors in the light contrasting with cool, muted colors in the shade.  On sunny days you get strong value shapes and patterns to design the canvas with.  When it's overcast, you have to look for light/dark patterns that are more the result of local color and value contrasts.  The light is cooler, because it's being filtered through the clouds, and the shadows appear warmer, because the sky isn't infusing them with its blue cast.

Another thing to look for on cloudy days:  colors will take on a richer saturation, because they aren't being bleached out by the strong warm light.  I'll show you another couple of the results, in a day or two.  Meanwhile, I'm watching for some sunny weather!

SWOLLEN CREEK

©Jimmy Longacre 2015
10x8 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SPRING BLING


I'm always surprised how quickly the blankets of Bluebonnets cover the ground.  One day I'm driving looking for the first signs, the next, they're everywhere.  They won't last long.  It was fun designing and painting this one.


SPRING BLING
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
8x10 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX