|Inspiration Plein Air, studio completion from memory.|
It was a green week.
|An overdone block-in, but a start.|
With the glorious weather Father's Day weekend, I dragged an easel out back and gave the impressionistic block-in a try in plein air. I chose to paint the contrast of cold and warm of the Olive and Maple tree stand. I got as far as the photo on the right, when I had enough of painting plein air. Stooping to load my brush from the palette resting on the low patio side table and watching suicidal gnats kill themselves in my paint mixtures moved me and the mess indoors--along with the grass clippings that clung to the bottom of my shoes. Lesson learned: don't paint plein air the day after the lawn was mowed and do use the easel you bought for plein air if you ever get the whim again.
This week turned out to be a week. of distress over green and photographic inefficiencies. Schmid mentioned that green was a bear to photograph. He wasn't kidding. I had a heck of a time photographing this green painting throughout it's development. My Nikon L120 and/or my computer refused to record Viridian mixtures as green; the photographs kept coming out blue. I spent the week experimenting with different camera settings--till Thursday when I came closest to duplicating the colors of the painting and realized Viridian wasn't the only green I needed on my palette. I charted the other greens in my paint box to compare and determine which were more suitable for landscapes. Sap green, Chromium Green Oxide and Permanent Green joined my Green Family. My interest in photographic color correction software for the computer got stronger.
|Viridian, Sap Green, Chromium Oxide Green and Permanent Green.|
|My new oil paint tambour|
|36 canvas panels; 3 gallery profile canvases, an |
assortment of oil colors. There's going to be a lot of
paintings started; Linda has gotten serious.