Thursday, August 13, 2015

FEELING AND PREPARATION

Here is the sketch (12x12, and the finished painting (16x20).  I decided to make it into a horizontal composition to introduce more context for what felt to me like an overly dominant capital building.  I also brightened the color relationships a bit.  I used to resent doing sketches in preparation for larger paintings.  I just wanted to get with it, and it seemed like a burden to have to paint a subject again.  It isn't really the case, though.  As I became more interested in capturing the feeling I want in a subject, it began to be an enjoyable exploration of possibilities.  I've also found it to be an invaluable rehearsal for having more fun with the larger painting, since I have a better idea of what I'm trying to do.

RAINSHINE
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
16x20 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

STUDIO EXERCISES



These are a lot of fun to do, and great stretching exercise.  I set these up next to my easel, in the studio, click on my spotlight, and do multiple studies to explore things that make me want to paint: color, arrangement, the look of the paint, etc.


PITCHER & PEAR,  GREEN GLASS PLATE
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
6x8 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