Friday, May 15, 2015

COMPELLING SILHOUETTES

Here's another one based on a very strong notan pattern.  Backlighting will do that. It can be such an enticing way to go, when everything conspires to show off the effect.  Backlighting will create compelling silhouette shape patterns.  From there, you can design the shapes as you like.  Moving things around to emphasize the effect is 80% of the fun.  Once you have the design resolved you can sample from the way things look in the light and shade to create all the drama you want. 

ROAD INTO THE LIGHT
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
9x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF SIMPLICITY OF DESIGN

One of my studies from my recent trip to Utah.  The simple design for this was so much fun to paint.  There are really two big interlocking shapes that make it work:  the shape containing everything in the shade, and the shape containing everything in the light.  It's a good example of the fact that if you have a strong notan idea, and you stick to it, you'll get to paint an exciting painting.  The idea is to avoid compromising either shape by including values that do not belong to the proper group.  Everything in the light is a value 4 or higher (I number from 1-white to 9-black), and everything in the shade is value 6 or lower.  Keep the integrity of the value groups and you can have a ball with your interpretation of the information before you.

I'm getting excited about my July workshop in Taos, New Mexico.  If you're looking for an ideal painter's get away check this out.

SHADOW ON THE VALLEY
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
9X12 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