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skipstah70
05-27-2006, 04:24 PM
Hi again.. here's a few plein airs from the last couple of days. It was overcast yesterday.. so I did a little study of a tea kettle that I always liked (comp was an after thought and it shows!). The other.. a rather unsuccessful sketch from a nearby park .. but what the heck. here it is anyways :P (I was painting under a tree thinking what a great idea for shade, but later was constantly dodging spattered light moving accross my canvas..making val judgements brutal.... have to get an umbrella I guess)

Skips

http://img458.imageshack.us/img458/1375/fishkettle2nn.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/7394/bickfordpark5bz.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

brianc
05-28-2006, 07:20 AM
Michael, I love it when you post. You have such confident brushwork! One of my biggest bad habits is over brushing. Your strokes seem to be each placed correctly and judiciously in the first place.

The teapot is lovely. No complaints. The lines in your strokes make this more interesting. That highlight in the cloth on the left is really good as are all you cloth works.

The sketch is quite good and has so much going for it. Wouldn't need but a little bit of detial on the mid left to balance the detail of that fine house, and some dark values in the foreground right and it would feel complete to me.

I've noticed some masterful tiny strokes on your paintings (as well as on your website). How do you accomplish the small strokes? They look too brushy to be knife work. You have a painting of a barn on your website (nice site -- great work!) that has really fine shadow lines--- I'd like to learn to do those for building work. Tell me more.

Diyart
05-28-2006, 07:49 AM
Hi
not so much understatement please, I am a fan of your quick studies with the unfinished touch..and you are definitely a painter.. very inspiring work :clap::clap:

skipstah70
05-29-2006, 03:45 AM
Brian and Diyart.. thanks for the comment.. I agree the left part of the landscape is weak for sure... have to go back and try to resolve it tomorrow (trying to get enough of these to have a show!!) . As far as brushes and creating fine lines or strong brush work I have no secret. I use just regular cheapo flat hog brushes (2,4,6) in the plein air stuff. Flats are great because they allow you to paint broadly when you want and if you turn the brush on it's side and almost dangle it on the canvas like a plumb line, you can create a very sensitive line (and flats quickly become filberts with use anyways LOL). Sometimes I will use a knife at the end of a sketch to place a few accents or get some textural effect.. but I generally only use it to sharpen up/subordinate prior drawing mistakes. The real key to painting "brushy" I think is to practice drawing with a brush. If you can wield it like a pencil.. then it eliminates alot of probs..... especially in plein air when you are trying to capture things fast

James or Jimmy Jim
05-29-2006, 09:15 PM
I like these too.

Bill Wray
05-30-2006, 12:37 AM
Hi again.. here's a few plein airs from the last couple of days. It was overcast yesterday.. so I did a little study of a tea kettle that I always liked (comp was an after thought and it shows!). The other.. a rather unsuccessful sketch from a nearby park .. but what the heck. here it is anyways :P (I was painting under a tree thinking what a great idea for shade, but later was constantly dodging spattered light moving accross my canvas..making val judgements brutal.... have to get an umbrella I guess)

Skips

http://img458.imageshack.us/img458/1375/fishkettle2nn.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/7394/bickfordpark5bz.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Umbrellas are a must-- Without one when you get your paintings home they look dull. Sun or strong reflected light makes colors and contrasts appear richer than they really are. Little teapot is sweet.

skipstah70
05-30-2006, 02:21 AM
Billl ... can you recommend an umbrella that is good for plein air??? I've seen some listed on places like Blick... but they are clamp ons and look kind of flimsy... I've seen some pictures of "professional" plein air painter with ones that tie down on spikes to the ground... good in wind I guess.. would you have any recommendations or know where to get???

thanks Skips

JamieWG
05-30-2006, 06:55 AM
Lovely work on the teapot. I don't think your landscape sketch was unsuccessful at all; it just looks a little unfinished. I hope you can get back there or tweak it a bit from memory or a photo. The structure is coming along nicely!

Jamie

LarrySeiler
05-30-2006, 11:09 AM
nice feel to these....like the handling of the paint!!!! :clap: