Wednesday, September 23, 2015

FROM PLEIN AIR SKETCH TO THE STUDIO


This one was developed from a smaller plein air sketch. For those of you who are interested, this will be the subject of some of my workshops this coming year. I'll post the schedule in November. I'm on my way to southern Colorado for two weeks of painting. When I return, I have a workshop in Georgetown, Texas. Then, the En Plein Air Texas, annual competition in San Angelo. I love the fall!


BANKS OF THE FRIO
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
11x14 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Friday, September 18, 2015

GET A ROUND TUIT

When I'm driving into Austin, I will usually take this exit into town.  So many of those times I've thought to myself, "There's a paintng here.  Isn't there?"  I finally made a point of making the trip to get a painting done, and it rained.  Such is plein air painting.  I wound up enjoying painting the solemn harmony of grayed color and laying on those lozenges of paint that make-up the bridge.  I just needed to get round tuit.  You never know, 'til you try.

CRANES TRAINS AND LANES
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
9x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BEAUTY IS WHERE OUR HEART SEES


Mid-September, and the bleaching summer sun has left its mark on the hill country landscape. Dry grass, oak and limestone. Still, there's a harmony I've always loved. For me there's an enduring attraction to the olive, ochre, almond, and soft blues that clothe the landscape here most of the year. Of course, there's beauty and harmony in any landscape under the sun, but over the years the sun-bleached hills have become special to me. When I first started painting outdoors, I went looking for my idealized version of the Texas hill country. It can be found, but more often we find the harsh reality of draught and high temperatures.  The bluebonnets and flowing creeks only last two to three weeks. Survival is the theme. Persistence, toughness. Everything that lasts pays a price to endure.


HILL COUNTRY PALETTE
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
11x14 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

VAL-HUES – Can't do without 'em!


This was the first painting I did while visiting Taos in July. Just found it hiding in one of my panel carriers. I was surprised, when I pulled it out, how good I felt about it. I remember setting-up to paint that dag and being very excited by the sparkling morning. Having a distant mountain back-drop with all that beautiful atmospheric color is not something I often get a chance at here in the Texas hill country. My eyes wanted to dive into the distance and develop all the beautiful things they could find in that mountain. It was a problem reminding myself to squint and only paint what I can see as simple shapes in terms of value and hue. "VAL- HUES". I think that Kevin McPherson was the first I heard use that term to describe the inseparable importance of those two in painting.  

The important thing is that neither form or color can come out correctly if the values are wrong. Things will just look and feel off, unsatisfying, dull…wrong! We are able to see form because of light falling on objects and creating shadows. In painting, color is inseparable from value. Every color has an inherent value. Color is composed of hue, value and chroma, or intensity. Color, especially in representational painting cannot be harmonious or accurately descriptive of a particular light source unless it is in right relationship of value with the prevailing light source.

Sunlight, for instance, will have about four value steps between light and shade on any one object (assuming my nine step value scale). If the object appears as a number 3 value in the light, it will be a number 7 value in the shade, and this four-step value shift holds true for every object under that prevailing light source. The light to dark value shift changes in accord with different light sources, indoor sky light, lamp light, candle light, whatever. For form to appear believable the value shift characteristic to a particular light source must remain constant throughout the painting. Beautiful color harmony is more the result of rightly related values than the particular hue of the color. The effect is, however, beautifully enhanced by the contrast or similarities in the selected hues, but that's another post.


TAOS MORNING COLORS
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
9x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME!


You still have to get out early, if you're going to get a paintng done before it's unbearable. 8 a.m. is about when there's light on the fields and hills, if you're not in a valley. If all goes well I can usually be wrapping up around 10 to 10:30, and it's starting to pour on the heat by then. I'm looking forward to the temperature change!


SEPTEMBER ONE, 8 A.M.
©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