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More Binge Painting....


My first two paintings of the day were reworks...but now I decided to put my Ken Auster training to the test...very limited pallet, (cad yellow light, cad red light, ultramarine blue, mars black, white and a smidge of thalo)...block in shapes in black,,,use large brushes and be sure I knew my focal point (also warmer colors in foreground...cooler in background...
This had worked fine on a small portrait and the field sketches...but this was to be a bigger canvas...20 x 24....Well, it is 80% done and I am a believer. That limited pallet forces you to really mix...but also does not allow for accident colors!
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With a little help from my friends....(more binge painting!)


I had worked on a classical nude for several weeks and decided it was time to bring it to my art critique group. The members there Katherine Taylor, Vicki Shuck, Sarah Hanson, Alise Huntley (visit their blogs/websites/work on www.tumaloartco.com) are all very competent artists so their input was really valued...Vicki asked me "what is your focal point?" Well, I couldn't answer this...so we worked through the painting and decided the light on the model's left breast and the adjacent table were the areas of interest. To make this pop I needed to really darken the rest of the picture. I had darkened the bottom half of the painting, but to go in and put the model's face in shadow was really a push for me...all that work to go under a glaze. BUT THEY WERE RIGHT! Now there is no question about focus. These are great friends and great artists! (You can see an earlier version several blogs back)
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Binge Painting....


Rimed Light
Today I discovered I had a completely free day! Nothing on the calendar, plus it was going to be overcast, so lure of the outdoors....YEAH....full day to paint! First I did a warm-up...I went to a painting I was not happy with (though My good friend/artist Tracy Leageld liked it) and really talked my self through it and discovered that to really emphasize the drama I needed to subdue the foreground, trees, adjacent road and even the background mountains and clouds--the rimed light needed to be the focal point. So it was a complete paint over...but now I am happy with it. (Not happy with photo, which I will replace)
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Putting Ken Auster Teaching to Work...


After a frustrating day (yesterday) where I tried to "finish" several of the paintings I had done in the Ken Auster Class, I decided to start over. I would use only his colors...(Cad Yellow Light, Light Red, Black [Mars Black...I had an awful tube of Ivory Black from some other decade...eech...threw it out] and white, and a small squirt of Thalo Blue, use only his style of blocking in, really work the painting up with warms in the foreground and cools in the background...and WOW...it works. I think this will influence my future work.
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An almost complete picture...


At The M&J
Today was our last day with Ken Auster...a really worthwhile experience. He drives home several points...focal point, lost and found edges, color in shadow and direct light, and atmospheric influence. I think I have learned a lot. Isn't that what is wonderful about painting...it is life long learning.
This painting of Tracy at the M&J Bar is about 90% done. I painted it in very dark light and now that I see it in adequate light there are areas I want to work on...but I am happy about capturing the focal point, and about loosening up and also painting thicker...all goals I had for this workshop. It will appear on my site after these color/value corrections. It is fun to paint in limited light...but challenging, too.
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Day 1--100 degrees again!


Great Place to Sit and Talk
This vignette got its inception because I found a huge shade tree on the ranch where we were painting. There were other sights with potential, but I was HOT....actually like this little scene. It looked refreshingly calm and almost cool, on so hot a day.
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Day 3--100 degrees!


Ah,the joy of plein air painting...in the height of a summer heat wave...not! Found an alley, while all the other students were clustered around the main part of downtown painting the theater. They had a great view...I had shade. Even so, after 3+ hours I was really feeling the heat. So I took off early...Ken is an amazing painter, and I am learning a lot...but a fried brain takes in very little. This painting was before I was cooked, and I like it.
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Cluster Blogging....


The prior painting was painted 2 days ago, this one yesterday, but by the time I get home it is late and I am pooped. So have decided to do 3 blogs today/tonite.
This little piece shows more of Ken Auster's influence (thought not his facility...I am going to work on this or redo it prior to putting it out)....really focusing on structure, and hinting of distant focal point. Learning a lot about cool and warm light...and his concept of intellectual-passion-intellectual as 3 phases in a painting. Learning a lot...of course that doesn't always translate into an immediate improvement. This painting is a work in progress!
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Day 1 with Ken Auster


Well, he is an excellent teacher...in the afternoon we went to Mirror Pond to paint. Since I have painted this area multiple times, and since I really want to experiment with some of his techniques for cityscapes I chose to paint the alley instead of the scenic view of pond and North Sister (mountain). He has not seen this as I was away from the group.
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Classical Nude


Classical Nude(s)
Sometimes a model strikes a pose that is so classical it begs for a very classical painting. This was one such pose. Our model, a former art student herself, always knows how to get the most out of any pose, but this seemed particularly lyrical to me. So I added the Ingres to the background, less anyone didn't recognize the reference to paintings from another era.
Well, off to a week of plein air painting..."cityscapes" if such a thing can be said of Bend, Oregon. I am really looking forward to this workshop with Ken Auster. More to post, soon, I hope
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Classical Nude


Classical Nude
Spent all day in the studio...and this is the result. It is about 90% done. I will bring it to my art critique group for feedback. One of our members, Katherine Taylor is an a classical painting expert...so she can give me very good feedback. While I am primarily a landscape artist, I really like paint a figurative painting about once or twice a year. I would appreciate any feedback from others, too.
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Channeling my Inner William Wray


As I have mentioned before, William Wray, the So. Cal., painter is one of my favorites. Go to his site www.williamwray.com and look at his work...wonderful! Well, I had made a commitment to myself to focus on the more traditional paintings...they certainly sell better...and I did do one semi-traditional plein air nocturne (see last post)...but the "devil" made me do it...I just had to capture this scene I had observed earlier in the week when driving home from the gallery. I love how the overpass framed Mt. Jefferson. Yep, took it while driving! The road was completely empty, so if not safe, not suicidal.
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Plein Air Nocturne


I started this painting at last light in the field adjacent to my home. Duh, it finally dawned on me, if I want to start a series of plein air nocturnes, where better than our place. We have huge views, and I only have to step outside to paint. sometimes the best locations are right under your nose. I finished this at our gallery, during one of the days I work there. I find I can paint...it even lends a bit of authenticity to the gallery, but I cannot read... the traffic is too great for that. But I am not complaining...more traffic means more sales!
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