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Friday, July 19, 2019
Again painting plein air in Grandmother's Garden to take advantage of the summer flowers. I painted for a couple hours and got a good start on a painting while battling the mosquitoes! Photos below of the scene I chose. I will post the final painting when it is finished.
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 11:49 AM
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
"Saturday Afternoon, Grandmother's Garden", oil on canvas panel, 12" x 16". painted en plein air this past weekend
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 10:30 AM
Monday, July 15, 2019
Monday, July 8, 2019
Steps in creating an outdoor painting: top picture: I sketch out the main shapes with a brush in a dark color (ultramarine blue and burnt umber), 2nd picture: usually start with the top in this case the sky and then place the darks throughout the painting (with viridian green, ultramarine blue), 3rd picture: made my way with some of the basic elements such as the pathways, the structure of the building, outline of the tree trunks and limbs and the medium greens, the photo reference is just a snapshot in time. The light on the various bushes changes drastically over the time period. Bottom picture is the final painting. I complete the painting with the lighter green colors and the different colors of the flowers blossoms. I then add highlights with details to the building and the flowering tree on the left. After a day looking at it I make the final edits where I see corrections have to be made. I let it dry for a couple months before I brush a gloss varnish on the painting.
|Sketched in outlines of shapes in brush with dark color|
|Painted top sky, and added darks in foliage|
|Placed main colors in building, pathways and medium greens|
Friday, July 5, 2019
Monday, July 1, 2019
I had a great time this past weekend attending a plein air painting workshop with master painter TM Nicholas in Gloucester, MA! During the two days he did two demos and we painted in the afternoon in two locations in Gloucester. He visited each of students (nine total) and offered his suggestions. At the end of the workshop he critiqued each painting. What an intensive workshop and a great learning experience! Below is TM doing the demo on Sunday and my painting of "View from Fisherman's Park", oil on canvas panel, 12" x 16".
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 10:13 AM
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
I painted this oil painting en plein air or on location on a recent summer afternoon. This beautiful garden park is in its summer glory. I named it "Summer Glory, Grandmother's Garden". oil on canvas, 11" x 14". Also a photo while I was in process of painting it!
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 10:47 AM
Monday, June 24, 2019
Friday, June 21, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
I just started a new group on facebook titled "Plein Air Painters of Western Massachusetts" after realizing that there wasn't such a group! There must be other artists in this area of the state that enjoy painting outside. Just a place to load plein air paintings and get support and help!
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 3:32 PM
Another great afternoon in Grandmother's Garden! I painted this garden scene plein air or on location. The zig zag pathway is a design technique to lead one into the painting. I gave it the title "Grandmother's Garden Pathway". Oil on canvas panel, 11" x 14".
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 11:01 AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
A slide show of some of my recent paintings. Most are oil and painted plein air or on location of local Westfield scenes. The images of the paintings can be purchased as prints or reproduced on coffee mugs, shower curtains and on many other items at my website at www.richard-nowak.pixels.com.
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 10:26 AM
Monday, June 10, 2019
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Monday, June 3, 2019
I had to cancel my plein air acrylic painting workshop Sunday because of the weather forecast. However, they were wrong and so I decided to paint by myself on the Westfield River Bridge to take advantage of the light.. The sky changed a lot during the two hours that I was there but I was able to paint a small 9" x 12" acrylic painting.
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 9:24 AM
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
I had a fun time painting outside last Sunday afternoon in Westfield! Below is my painting of the Clock Tower between two Spring blossoming trees. Painted in oil on a 14" x 11" canvas panel. Also, pictures of my setup on a green lawn in front of the scene.
Friday, May 24, 2019
This Saturday May 25th I will be conducting an acrylic painting workshop in conjunction with Westfield Creative Arts. The workshop will be from 2-4pm and we will meet at the Rinnova Building on Elm Street, Westfield at 1:30pm to organize. The class is in acrylics but watercolor and oil painting are welcome. We will decide on the location to paint but it could be on the Westfield bridges painting the Westfield River or Grandmother's Garden. Fun time! See www.westfieldcreativearts.com for info and to register.
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 1:21 PM
Monday, May 20, 2019
I had a great time Saturday afternoon painting outside (plein air) and the weather was beautiful! My oil painting is pictured below with photos of the scene and my set up. The painting is entitled "Spring View-Veterans Park". It is on a 14" x 11" canvas panel.
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 10:08 AM
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019
“Red Vase with Red Roses”, dry brush watercolor, image area is 8 1/2” x 11 1/2”, I completed this painting from my photos while on our anniversary trip to Newport, R.I. which was a gift from our kids! Since it was overcast and gray I took advantage of the opportunity to complete this watercolor on the balcony of the hotel room.
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 9:58 AM
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019
I started painting this scene of the Westfield River and its surroundings last night. The clouds turned into beautiful peachy and gray colors shortly before the light disappeared and it became dark. I will return to finish off the painting at the same time of day.
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 10:20 AM
Monday, April 22, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Just finished this oil painting of a local ice cream shop in Westfield, MA. I started it plein air on location over the weekend and made final edits in my studio.
Posted by Richard Nowak Fine Art at 10:24 AM