Monday, September 11, 2017
Great fun painting plein air yesterday on the Westfield Bridge painting the Westfield River. I have my photos below showing the progress of my painting in the two hours I painted. I usually start with an outline of the shapes and the horizon line with a dark mixture. Next my sky and clouds because that changes so quickly. Then the shadows in the trees and the landscape. I use several greens, (sap green, earth green, viridian, olive green) as well as add yellow ochre or cad yellow and white to my greens. I never use black like the French Impressionists but create a dark with alizaron crimson and ultramarine blue and perhaps some burnt umber. Made some purple for the river and added the blues (ultramarine blue & cerulean blue and white). Added textured highlights in the tree foregrounds and the land shapes on the right. My style is realism with an impressionistic flair.
Fresh off the easel this weekend! "Honey Pot Road Autumn", oil on canvas panel, 16" x 20", I painted this from my own photos in my studio in the same style as my plein air painting but on a larger size canvas. I will paint more paintings in this larger format.
Honey Pot Road Autumn
I have 14 paintings on display and for sale at Mama Cakes on Elm Street in downtown Westfield, MA. Included are two acrylic paintings, one watercolor and the rest oil paintings. Also, I have a large rack of loose matted original watercolor paintings. They will be there for the rest of the month and three weeks into February. Stop by to check them out and have a coffee and delicious cupcake!