Sunday, August 20, 2017

This painting was done with a limited palette, using venetian red, gold ochre, cerulean blue hue, white and black.  It's a great way to change up your usual procedure.  Using only the three primaries plus white and black allows me to focus on the shapes, values and color temperatures to suggest an effect of light and atmosphere.

PEDERNALES MORNING
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
12X16 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MORE VAL-HUE STUDIES

Another couple of the val-hue studies I do in preparation for doing the actual paintings.  I can't over-emphasize the benefits of this practice.  Rather than thinking about "things" I'm going to paint, this involves designing the shapes, separating the values and trying out colors.  Spending an hour or two in trying out light and dark shape arrangements (notan), Simplifying shapes and making sure no two are alike in size, direction or value puts you way down the road towards a successful painting, rather than trying to render the literal appearance of things (boring!).  If the value relationships are correct, almost any colors will look good!  This is 80% of whatever creativity will go into your work, and it really raises the fun and learning factors exponentially.

DRIFTING SHADOWS &
MORNING ON BEE CREEK
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
6x8 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Friday, August 11, 2017

NOTAN AND VAL-HUE STUDIES

If you're not doing any preparation before beginning your paintings, you may be missing out on one of the biggest progress boosters in your painting tool-kit.

When working in the studio, it's a good idea to use some of your time to explore and prepare for the paintings you have planned.  No matter how you how you paint, loose, tight, whatever.  You will benefit by these steps:
1.  Decide what you want to emphasize about your subject, and then compose everything with that focus in mind.
2.  Do several small, quick notan doodles with a view toward organizing the shapes as being distinctly in the light or shade.  These don't need to be any bigger than a business card.  Plan to emphasize the one thing you want to emphasize.  Whether outside or in the studio, do not try to copy your subject from from nature or photo.  Use your reference to derive the information you need.  Don't just take dictation.  It's no fun and you'll soon tire of the drudgery.  Leave stuff out that doesn't support your focal idea.
3.  Simplify your subject into a few big shapes, without any detail.
4.  Finally, do a quick, small, val-hue study.  (4x6, 5x7, 6x8)  Take care with choosing your values.  They're the key to the success of your painting.  If your value shapes are rightly related, you're way down the road towards beautifully related hues.

Now, use your val-hue study as your primary reference to create your painting.  Don't copy color from photos, they're all wrong.  The shadows are way too dark, and colors are wild and disorderly, and the values cannot be trusted.

PEDERNALES MORNING
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
6X8 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SHOW OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT

These four new paintings are part of my show which will open this Friday evening at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, 405 Main Street in Fredericksburg. I'm excited to be showing this group of new paintings, and I hope you'll be able to stop by if you plan to be in the area. I will be painting in the gallery during the day on Saturday. The show will be on display throughout the month of August.

If you'd like to preview all of my paintings in this show, please, visit my website. If you care to purchase one or more of the paintings, before the opening, Clayton or Camille, at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery,will be glad to help you. 830-990-2707

TITLES OF PAINTINGS
Terlingua Cliffs
Lavender Flow
Frio Rio Fandango
Out To Pasture

©Jimmy Longacre 2017
oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel


GALLERIES
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery_ Austin, Texas