Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Welcome Spring

Even though it was windy, the weather was spring like and I enjoyed the day with a
fellow artist as we scouted potential painting sites in the area.  While the trees and
flowers are teasing us with a bit of color we are looking forward to seeing the full
burst of color which will happen very soon.

Our plein air artist group, Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge, try to take advantage
of the good weather all the seasons but really enjoy the color as the seasons change,
not only painting landscapes but also going into the city to catch the excitement of
the daily business of city life or a different pace in the smaller towns in our area.

I also looked at the current Plein Air Magazine today and found an article on one of
the people who influenced me to stick with painting plein air.  Kevin Beck is a very
talented pastel and oil painter and a wonderful instructor from the Boone, North Carolina
area.  If you have an interest and opportunity to take a workshop with him you will
come away with lots of motivation and a love for painting.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Ways to Create Texture in Paintings

March is showing a pleasant side today and it is really nice to see the sun and warmer temperatures.

I decided to do a bit of work in the studio, finishing up a few new art pieces, and putting the
varnish on the canvas.  This piece is semi-abstract landscape that I used some of the techniques
we experimented with in the Abstract Workshop with Joe DiGiulio .  While I have used the gel medium, gesso and molding paste with my acrylic paintings, I had not used these for a while
so it was a good reminder of this technique.  It was really useful in this painting when I was developing texture for the rocks.  The mediums were applied after one layer of acrylic underpainting.
The medium was applied in various spots over the canvas.  No specific reference was used for
developing the rock formation.  After the mediums dried I dripped, painted and sponged various
colors, letting the dried mediums catch some of the paints and blend colors .  After this layer
dried I added some more design to the rock formation.

This is an interesting technique to use with the acrylic paints.  Give it a try sometime.