Archive for plein air

I’m Baaaack!! Jamissme?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by Eldon

Yep, it has been a while. My hiatus was both good and bad. Good in that it was a much needed  break and bad that it was such a long one. Oh well, what’s a guy to do but get started again and say “HEY!” to all his friends?

So…..HEY!

Last winter seemed to go on forever. I was one of the gazillion or so hard working  Americas experiencing the recession and a long period of time out of work. I painted plein air a lot while doing the job search and managed a few paintings in the studio as well. As the winter wore on even that slowed to a snails pace and eventually it all but came to a halt in early February. Oh well, “Changes” is the new word and I’m back and busy with the business of art. I’m still unemployed so I’ve made the decision to push harder to market my creative endeavors.

That means new work, new prices and new galleries.         And, below, a new medium to compliment the old.

Title: Fog at Red Rocks       This is actually a color photograph. If you look closely at the dark rock shape upper left you’ll see a tiny bit of the rust color that makes the Red Rocks area just west of Denver so beautiful. It was one of those gray days and all the color simply disappeared.

And!!  Druuuuuum roll!!   Some of the same ole same ole from this last few months!!!  Three pieces done while the winter crept on, doing it’s best to drive us all nuts and keeping Spring out of our reach. Well, I got news for it, it didn’t work…..totally.  🙂

Anyway, first is a plein air piece done near Sadalia Co. with a group of plein air painting friends.

12×16 inches  titled: “Beaver Dam”  This maybe deserves to be a larger painting. We’ll see. I’d love to go back this Spring in the GREEN!! and see what it looks like.

And below!!  A piece taking half the season to get to and then get finished.

18×24 inches titled “Clear Creek”  (Wes’ Bend looking East)

And last but not least is new subjects.

18×24 inches untitled    I’ve discovered I like painting the old vehicles and that I’m not too bad at it. (curtsies)

I ( “I” meaning I couldn’t have done it without  my wife Debra) produced a short video recently titled “How to Start a Tractor”. It’s in 2 parts and it’s out there on the net somewhere. I’ll post a link in the next installment of my ramblings for everyone to see.

And very last:   I have always had a price list for this stuff in the upper right list of links on this page. I’m not crazy about raising prices but it has been a few “years” since I’ve done it. A new price list will replace this one soon. Probably in the next couple of weeks. Until I get it all figured out, if anyone is interested in purchasing any of my work, I’ll honor this current price list until I get the changes made. The changes will be substantial I’m afraid. We’ll be updating the web site as well.

Until next time…..HAPPY DAYS!!!!!! IT”S GETTIN GREEN!!!

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Outdoors and In

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2010 by Eldon

This post had painting in it several days ago but between the plein air painting, the after plein air painting naps and the “other” stuff I’ve managed to neglect it. So…. I put in a couple more images to make up for making everyone wait.

The piece above is one of the “outdoor” pieces. This was my first paint trip to that particular location on Bear Creek. Despite the look of it being so cold it was actually pretty comfortable. I left my thermal coveralls  in the car. It was an incredibly brave thing to do for someone who feels about the cold as I do. No Wind.

My friends Wes Hyde and Mark Coulter went with me to a favorite painting spot along Coal Creek. This painting above was painted on another one of those warm cold days. It’s the wind that makes ya hate it! No wind that day either.

And above, an indoor piece. It is a mixture of two photos taken near Salida Colorado. It measures 10×20 inches and will be a part of the next delivery to the Earthwood gallery. I’m beginning to enjoy these foggy pieces.

And the Mamooey sky painting for Stoneheart. I’ve got to do a little edge work on this one and it’s ready to go. It’s a 30×40 inch piece and is an inny painting.

I was amazed at how this painting translated to black and white. It give me an idea how I did with the values.

And this old fat truck is from a photo I took about 30 years ago. It was, of course, on film so I had to scan it and get it to where I could print it out and paint from it. I have a sort of vision of how I want this to work out. Cross your fingers.  I have painter friends who would knock this out in a New York second and make it look fresh and loose. I’ve worked with steel and blue prints for so long I’m going to have to work really hard at keeping it from being hard edged and photo like.  A 12×16 inch inny.

E.

In A Fog…so to speak

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2010 by Eldon

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. It’s good to be painting again. I had laid off for a while but now I’m back with a vengeance. The piece below, a 16×20, is my latest. I used an old photo from Rocky Mountain National Park for reference and after a few minor (uh huh) changes this is what shook out. I believe it’s finished. Yeah right. I once worked on a painting for 5 years. It was nice tho and a good friend of mine gave it a home on his living room wall. This one will end up on the gallery wall soon.

The palette was limited.  Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue for the foggy background, Cad Yellow and  Cad Orange mixed in the greens, Yellow Ochre, White and Black. Oh, and some Sap Green.  Maybe not so limited after all. I posted a sorta progression on my Facebook wall. If any of you on Facebook would like to have a look please feel free. I’ve been goofin around in there for about three days and all I can say is so far so good. It’s different. Not much more than a glorified Twitter, I think, but it’s fun hookin up with folks.

Anyway, this piece is available. If anyone is interested contact me through the blog or my Facebook thang.

Well, back to work!!

EW

A Progression

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2009 by Eldon

12x24 oil on canvas

This is the start of a landscape I’ve been trying to get to for a while.

What I concentrated on most with the upper area was painting space and getting the landscape to go as far into the distance as I could get it to go. I began with the darks of the pine trees close up and painted them lighter and a little more gray as they went back into the picture plane. Beyond that, in the row of trees further back and the hill sides, I painted with a lot less detail and a lot of grayed color to keep things going away into the distance. I brushed in the sky and clouds even more pale  but fairly light as the sky in that area holds the light source for this piece.

Then I pulled back and painted the brush along the river banks. The color here is warmer and I’ll keep painting warm as I get back closer to the foreground. The red/brown shadows of the pine tree are my first intrusion into this area.

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This bright blue (cobalt + white) area in the water is warmed with a bit of alizarine crimson and brushed in pretty quickly. This passage is going to give me something to paint into (wet into wet) with some of the sky color a little later.

I also darkened those shadows on the water cast by the pine trees. The light source is behind the trees and the trees are casting a shadow onto the water. When the light source is directly behind an object, in this case the pine trees, a shadow is cast into the foreground. The shadows cast on to  water blocks a reflection from the sky and lets someone from this point of view see down into the water to the bottom of the river bed. The color here seems to be very warm and rusty. Also I laid in the foliage lower right keeping the same concept in mind of warmer color up front, cooler in the distance.

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Here is where I began painting wet, lighter color into the water. I’ve also started painting in some reflections and color from the sky. The shadows on the water were a little hard edged so I took this opportunity to soften edges and get them to become more a part of the surface of the water.

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Next the base color for the sand bar. I’ll use this base like I did the blue in the water. I’ll paint back into it wet in wet and develope the textures and shapes of the rocks in that area.

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The above three details show how I worked my way across the sand bar. Up close it simply looks a little lacy but takes on shape and detail as the viewer gets further away from the piece. I used a round to do the detail in this are. (I’ve only recently found that a flat isn’t the only brush in the world.)

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Now the painting is more or less complete. I’ve finished the sand bar and placed a few details in the trees such as the trunks and a few branches. The trunks on the left and close up are warmer and a little more distinct than those on the right. My center of interest was put in last.

Happy Daize!!

EW

Druuuuum Rolllll!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2009 by Eldon

Introducing!!   Debra!

And what she does when she’s being creative.

debrawire wrap

wire wrap

Debra is my wonderful wife. One of her favorite pass times and method of relaxing is to do wire wrap jewelry. She’s been doing it for about five years now and is getting pretty dang good. Most of the time she uses copper or silver wire to wrap anything from glass beads to semi precious stones. She buys the stones already finished and puts a nice wire wrap design on it. The pink stone above is a died stone and the necklace portion is made with pearls, lapiz and died shell.

And she digs tools.

And on the American Impressionist Society front Mitch Baird won Best of show!!   AIS <—– This is a link to the online catalog. Congratulations Mitch!  His piece, “Morning Ensigns, Italy” is one heck of a painting. The judging must have been tough because there was a lot of really great work. Scroll down a ways in the catalog to see my personal favorite “Coyote Valley” by Nancy MacDonald.     Sweet!

I’m working on a piece right now that I’ve been photographing as I go. I’ll post a progression as soon it’s finished. It’s about there so it won’t be too long. Perhaps tomorrow.

Later!  🙂

EW

American Impressionist Society

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2009 by Eldon

Hey! The American Impressionist Society show is being held in Denver this year at Saks Galleries. I managed to sneak one in and delivered it today. The opening is this next Friday, Oct. 23rd from 5 to 8 p.m. The location is:  Saks Galleries, 3019 E. 2nd Ave, Denver, Colorado. I know all the folks around here close have seen my stuff already but beyond that it would be a great opportunity to see some of the best impressionist work from around the country. There were nearly 700 entries and 189 pieces were juried in so the show is no doubt going to be a good one. So….. I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of you locals and near locals at the show. Quang Ho is judging.

For all of you but  especially for those way outta town the link above will take you to the Saks Galleries web site. In the lower left corner of the opening page is a big white dot with the letters AIS inside.   Click on that for a preview of the entire show. I’m impressed.

And below, offered as a bit of proof that I’m getting back on my feet after surgery and getting something done in the studio are a couple of paintings. One is a plein air that kinda went south the day I did it and the other is a remake of it  I think to be nearly finished.

First (some of you may remember this one from an earlier post) the not so great plein air:

12x16 oil on canvas

And following is the 18×24 piece done from the plein air.

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A big improvement so I guess the time spent in the field wasn’t a waste. The original had a couple of people in it so I put them in here as a matter of following my own lead. I’m not sure though if they are actually right for this piece. What I’m thinking of is to paint them out and place in a few cows instead. There’s something peaceful (for me at least) about looking into a pasture and seeing a few cows just grazing away, quiet, no cares, no hurry, nothing but time. And the evening is my favorite time of day.

EW

Some Guy’s Epiphany

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by Eldon

A while back I was thumbing through an art magazine and ran across an article some guy (I don’t remember who it was) had written about an epiphany he had just had about making a painting more  interesting by using a small bit of bright, not necessarily pure, color surrounded by a lot of grayed color. He was wondering how this idea had eluded him for so long. His muse had finally given in and the light came shining through. He suggested a few ways to mix and gray a color.

1.   Mix a color with it’s compliment.

2.   Add white and or black.

3.   Add some of your  junk paint from your palette. (Richard Schmid would cringe)

4.   Mix or buy a gray and add this to the mix.

Well this didn’t fall through the grate to the alligators. It stuck and I’ve been thinking about it since.

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This is the result. I’d hoped to see just how gray I could make a bunch of color and get away with it. It’s a pretty good start but I don’t think I’ve  pushed it as far as it’ll go. Not yet. One thing for sure the concept is a good one to knock around. It’s a bit different for me since I’ve always been more concerned with light than color.

I looked for quite a while before finding reference material that would lend itself to the idea and it’s a little bit of a backward process for me. Normally I find a subject then decide how I’m going to deal with it. Deciding the concept first then finding subject matter helped me keep things in focus and moving in the right direction.

G-Night everyone’

EW