Monday, June 27, 2016

BETWEEN THE LIGHT AND SHADE

I've had the photo-reference for this a long time. I selected it for today's exercise. I'm currently trying to pay close attention to shape and value relationships. With the shapes, I'm practicing getting plenty of variety. No two shapes similar in size and profile. With the values, I'm always trying to group the big simple families of light and dark. This helps to make better mixing decisions that will give the painting impact. This one required some careful value reads for me to unravel what was going on. Once I was satisfied with my rough three-tone block-in (Light grow, Shadow group, and Mid-value group), it was fun just inventing with paint to match the value groups.

BETWEEN THE LIGHT AND SHADE
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
8x8 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

DAILY PRACTICE

I find my small daily exercise paintings, like this one, to be my best source of experimentation and inspiration. My first step is to decide on what I'm trying to learn during the session, which lasts up to 2 hours. Then, before I paint, to give it the same design considerations and emphasis I would a larger painting. The nice thing is I can learn as much doing these small paintings as the larger ones. The biggest pay-off has been how it keeps me discovering and focusing on things in my work that are developing daily. When paintings go badly, as they occasionally will, it isn't as emotionally depressing as when I've invested a lot of work in a larger painting. Painting the small studies every day lets the bad ones tell me what I need to work on next.

PEDERNALES PATTERNS
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
6x8 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

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Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Saturday, June 18, 2016

CHICKEN IN THE BARN

From a stretch outside San Marcos where the old way is still hanging on.

CHICKEN IN THE BARN
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
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