View Full Version : "Blue Portal"

03-28-2006, 03:27 PM
Ok here goes again with another demo for the magazine article that I did - much the same as South of Sedona. The finished painting ultimtely won an award at the 1994 PSA national ("PS of NM award")

The photography isn't quite up to par but it still gives a good idea of the process.

This is the original photo taken near bottom of hill on (west) Canyon Road .... (an aside: I was there on a two week Elderhostel music program. We played chamber music under the State Capitol Dome.)


The painting surface is a 1/8", 16x20 untempered Masonite panel prepared with multiple coats of acrylic gesso. The last coat included a mixture of fine pumice and acrylic matte medium.

I fixed the charcoal drawing to prevent losing it when applying the acrylic wash.


I applied a transparent wash of pthalo blue acryilic with a bit of pthalo-violet.


The Kodak color and value strips on the sides are for achieving accuracy of reproduction.

The left side of the building is illuminated by the early morning sun, therefore I used a yellow layer to warm it up a bit. The shadow side on the right is made cooler with the blue showing through the broken color of red pastel.


The sky is also made lighter on the east side to indicate the direction of the sun.

Simplify, simplify, simplify:
You might notice that I eliminated the distraction of the power lines and roof vent

Working from the top down, and taking liberty with the color scheme I used a rather limited pallet to complete "The Blue Portal."


03-28-2006, 03:30 PM
wonderful, it looks great. james

Merethe T
03-28-2006, 03:34 PM
Awsome - the colors sing!!! Love the light/shadow effects - very inviting scene! Interesting to see your steps too. Wonderful painting!

03-28-2006, 05:03 PM
beautiful ... thank you so much for the teaching experience ... this one too is inspirational ...

03-28-2006, 06:37 PM
Thanks so much for the demo!!! It is so helpful to actually see the steps taken to create a painting.


03-28-2006, 06:57 PM
Its looking great and I love the composition!:)

Pinecone Conniff
03-28-2006, 07:26 PM
I love how your cool toned surface effects the warm building...simply awesome!:cool:

03-28-2006, 08:29 PM
This is wonderful. You make it look so easy yet when I do it its next to
impossible. thanks for the demo.

03-29-2006, 12:14 AM
Wonderful colors,beautiful painting ,much better than the photo.

03-29-2006, 12:27 AM
Transforming a quiet and very lowkey, kinda dull photo into such interesting shapes and colors... very nice!

03-29-2006, 06:54 PM
Gorgeous! Would love to see more of these demos! Fascinating to see it come to life!

03-30-2006, 03:18 AM
So so so much nicer than the photo. Absoloutely fab colours. :D

03-30-2006, 08:48 AM
Thanks all... !! Hope they can help someone.

Gorgeous! Would love to see more of these demos! Fascinating to see it come to life!
I only have one more demo.... actually 2 but I can't find one of them...... and it's actually a WIP still on my easel , that I started about 2 years ago. It's a repeat of a painting that I already did once and sold. It's on my website (titled " The Plaza" I've always thought I could do it a little better.) I will post it shortly. I do have another couple of demos on my website.. Do you think I should "REpost" them here?"


03-30-2006, 10:54 AM
jim, where's ya website pls :)

03-30-2006, 11:05 AM


Paula Ford
03-30-2006, 11:55 AM
Oh this is wonderful! The colors are just fantastic! You do such fine work Jim.


03-30-2006, 01:48 PM
Wow..this really makes a statement! Love the strong contrast of the warm and cool colors.

M Douglas
03-30-2006, 03:31 PM
WOW another fantastic WIP this is beautiful.


03-31-2006, 10:03 AM
Beautiful work Jim! Thanks for the demo!

03-31-2006, 08:51 PM
Jim, what can be said that does justice to this work.
I love watching the demos of your paintings. People like me, in learning stage, really appreciate it.

03-31-2006, 09:07 PM
This reinforces to me how much more interesting a painting can be than a photograph sometimes. Thanks for showing possibilities.

Bhavana Vijay
03-31-2006, 10:32 PM
This reinforces to me how much more interesting a painting can be than a photograph sometimes.

SO true!! Its fantastic!