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Old 12-07-2019, 09:03 AM
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Small paintings can be done in a session or two.
They're ideal if one is stretched for time, or (as usual) suffering from the malaise, the ennui, the general despair of Modern Living.
You can get from start to finish before you start questioning how pointless it all is

So I prepped some canvases in the general area of 20x30cm (8x12").
I've been attempting... struggling... wrestling... with landscape.
I've tried painting "plein air" but its problematic in the city...
There are quiet areas of bush and trees, but one feels dreadfully exposed to the drug addicts, homeless, and run-of-the-mill psychos, who also like quiet areas to conduct their business.
So alas, one has to use photos, which removes one from the natural beauty one is trying to capture. Oh well.

My first effort is a view through the bush towards a small fence:




I don't mind some of the paint handling, but I'm having trouble with the sky.
The edges are wrong, and the foliage too blocky.
Oh well. Here's a detail:




Happy enough with the little touch of the rigger on the fence


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Old 12-07-2019, 10:19 AM
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Re: Jeffro Jones Small Paintings Thread

Lovely!
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Old 12-07-2019, 10:59 AM
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Re: Jeffro Jones Small Paintings Thread

Do you live in New York City?
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Old 12-07-2019, 12:13 PM
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@Gigalot: thank you!
@Tony: Melbourne. To be fair, they're more likely to want spare change than to attack you, but they spook me out anyway.


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Looks great... I really like your style. Real nice.

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Unique compositions and color.....enjoyed.
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Re: Jeffro Jones Small Paintings Thread

The focus on graphic appeal is evident and solid. I would like to see some of the color of the sky affecting at least part of the ground somehow, but that is just my taste.
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Old 12-07-2019, 05:40 PM
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Very atmospheric and unique feel. I like!
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Old 12-07-2019, 05:46 PM
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Re: Jeffro Jones Small Paintings Thread

The edges and blockiness you mention are actually parts of what I like about the unique style.
Love the color combo as well. I look forward to more of these.
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Old 12-07-2019, 08:05 PM
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Re: Jeffro Jones Small Paintings Thread

@IronPawn: thank you. Your still life thread is very impressive, BTW.
@Dcam: much appreciated!
@Delo: yes, that is possible. Maybe that would add a little liveliness too.
@Richard: thank you!
@sevan: thank you sevan... I'm still unsure... but your comments are appreciated.

On another issue: Like many people on a low budget, I keep a keen eye on the art-shop bargain-bins.
This leads, over the years, to an over-supply of bargains.
Realising I was acquiring more paint than I was using, I vowed to put a stop to these shenanigans.
I would not buy another colour of which I already possessed a rough equivalent.
I have managed to keep this vow, but, being of the "thin paint" school, my progress through the supply is very slow.
I have just finished a tube of Langridge Ultramarine Blue, and moved on to an Art Spectrum Prussian Blue.




Next is the tube of Art Spectrum Pthalo, then the tube with the asterisk, which is a W&N Cobalt circa 1960.
Its still pliable! Then the Schmincke sampler tube, a W&N Cobalt Deep and an ancient Reeves Cerulean.
Stapeliad, at the time of my vow, said: "You will never finish, because no-one has ever got through a whole tube of pthalo blue".
Not a bad line But we'll see!

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a busy weekend at the easel

Here's a little sketch of the bush looking down to Merri Creek, in my neighbourhood.
The creek has cut quite deeply through the landscape,through tangled trees and bush.





and here's a detail:





oil on canvas, aprox 25x30cm (9x12")


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Re: Jeffro Jones Small Paintings Thread

Its surprising how much depth you are getting without using softer, bluer colors. Like the square strokes
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Old 12-08-2019, 04:10 PM
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Its surprising how much depth you are getting without using softer, bluer colors.
I think its something to do with painting in Australia, Kathie.
The light is very bright and even, and there's not much moisture in the atmosphere to create a haze of distance.
It seems to have the effect of making landscape studies "compacted" at times, there's so little tonal variation between different depths of perspective.


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What an observation!
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Re: Jeffro Jones Small Paintings Thread

Mosaic almost textile look. Interesting.
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