Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Desert Oasis, Session 2, Work in Progress


Desert Oasis, In Progress, oils, 24" x 24"
Session two:  Working out the color palette, the composition, the values.

After a week and a half of various color combinations going round in my head, I seem to have settled down to doing a study in green on my first full day back to the studio since early August.  The palette that developed is Green Oxide, Ultra, Venetian Red, Cad Lemon Yellow Burnt Umbra, Warm White and Titanium.  It was a joy to be back with lung cancer gone, lung capacity as good as ever and a leg that is strong and able.  My attitude is renewed as well.   Throw caution to the wind and go with the intuition accumulated over a lifetime of painting. Paint when so moved. Smell the roses, whether they're blooming or not, when tedium colors the studio dreary. Painting should be a joy not a job.
 

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    1. Thanks. Loved your whiter than white laundry blues!

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  2. i enjoyed this very upbeat post. Painting is full of life with great colors!
    Your recovery is a source of joy and should be celebrated with a new attitude. YES!!!

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    1. Glad to be here! Glad to have finally found the end of the tunnel. What a summer it was! I have no idea where this is going, but I am reliving the cool, calmness of the scene. After all the upheaval, it is welcome.

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  3. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je suis heureuse de vous revoir derrière le chevalet... Une belle note d'optimisme... qui se lit aussi avec ces petits coins de ciel bleu... et des verts en mouvement.

    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. Thank you Martinealison. for you good wishes. I am very pleased to have crossed that bridge successfully. Salad to good health and the joys of painting. Hugs.

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  4. I can see your joy and inspiration in the painting already. Those greens are gorgeous, just like light filtered through leaves, and then down into the dark shadows below. I am SOOO glad you are full of life and vitality again!!!! Keep on!
    Kathryn

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. I am too. Instead of working from a photo this time, I'm working from the photo as seen in my computer. Our printer spit out a horrible magenta print then died. So I brought it up on computer and I'm using that as the reference. There's a translucent quality that is more life-like. Problem is the screen keeps going back to sleep and I have to keep touching it to wake it up!

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  5. Loose and beautiful Linda! Awesome colors and glad you're feeling better!!

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    1. It's the only way to start. Thank you, it's wonderful to be myself again.

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  6. This painting is now full of light, which the previous step did not seem possible to my eye ... but the darkness of certain starts, builds the basis of the light future.
    So beautiful that my heart would say ... finished !!!
    But the creator is you, so you will know still find exciting touch, to playing your beautiful "music" of colors.

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    1. Just step two of the painting process. The first step was the initial draw in using one earth color. The idea is to establish the darks, the mid tones and the lights. Using oils, You traditionally paint dark to light. the second step, photographed here, I s to translate those monochromatic values to colors. From here on, the colors are enriched till artist is satisfied. Finally details---edges sharpened or softened, highlights pushed. The oil process is the reverse of the watercolor process.

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