Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SOME DAZZLE ON A RAINY DAY

GRAY RAINY DAYS call for something other than the snappy light and dark patterns of a sunny day.  You have to look for contrasts of a different sort, local color patterns, textures, chromatic shifts.  This subject had all that going on.  The truck was a gorgeous pale tourquoise, with shiny,sparkling paint and chrome.  It was fun to set it against the background of dark oaks and to play up the complementary notes of the roadside wildflowers.

BLUE CHEVY PICK-UP
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
??x?? oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

QUICK APPROACH and PAINTER'S VISION

SEEING AND DESIGNING THE BIG LIGHT/DARK PATTERN is the quickest way I know of for launching into a painting with confidence. Whether outside or in the studio, a quick assessment of the light and dark shapes offers an overview of whether the painting will have "snap".  If there isn't an underlying order to the pattern, the chances are good that I'll become lost trying to make something happen with a subject.

The tendency for the inexperienced painter is to begin trying to draw the "things" in the subject.  The problem with that is that we blind ourselves to the elements that give any painting impact: shape, value, color and edges.  Our usual mode of seeing, I call "common vision".  This is when we see the multitude of "things" before us with endless detail and non-descriminate focus.
We're just taking it all in as information.  "Painter's vision" requires an intentional shift of mode.  In this mode we see the simple shapes of light and dark and their connectedness as pattern.  Until we see the subject in this way, we're faced with the thankless task of attempting to transcribe things and details.

Here are a couple of paintings from my recent trip to my Taos workshop.  I found these subjects in a garden at one of the places we went to paint.  Each subject offered the potential for a "good" painting.  Both had correctible flaws in their arrangement of light and dark shapes.  Taking a moment to make those adjustments in a quick note of how the light and dark silhouettes could be made to interact as a balanced pattern gave me the assurance that the paintings would be fun and worthwhile. Below, is the simplified steps, beginning with the arrangement of light and dark shapes, or "notan.




THE YELLOW WATERING CAN
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
12X12 oil on canvas panel

THE GARDEN VASE
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
18X14 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

Friday, July 3, 2015

LAST WORKSHOP AT WENMOS RANCH


It was my pleasure to do the last workshop at Dena Wenmos' Ranch, last weekend. Dena has had many painting workshops at her Texas hill country ranch over the past 16 years. It was a wonderful workshop environment and an enthusiastic group of talented painters. This is the little 8x10 demo I did for the group, and a blog comment posted by one of the painters who attended.
My two remaining workshops for 2015 are already full, but I will be posting my workshop schedule for 2016.  It's been a great year, and I look forward to meeting those of you who have written asking about my workshops.

BLUE FIELD (demo)
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
8x10 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