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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day 11- Street View Mystery and 3 lessons I learned in my studio today

Happy Day of the Sabbath...
I would like to say I rest on Sundays, but it often works out to be a day of doing chores and errands and of course I painted today also....
Sooooooo....  As I have pointed out on MANY occasions, I am constantly learning new things about painting (and life itself, but that is a topic for a different blog) Anyway, today was definitely one of those days.  I mentioned yesterday that I have been struggling with the tactile qualities of my oil paint... It seemed to be drying out too quickly, getting tacky and unworkable and generally just pis... well, angering me.....
I have to say, it takes me awhile sometimes to figure out problems.... but, I figured it out today and it has everything to do with humidity.  With the onset of frigid weather, I have been using a space heater in my studio which obviously has dried the air out considerably, enough to make my oils dry way too quickly.  I added a humidifier to the mix today, and voila.... problem solved... Thank the Lord.... because I was ready to fling things..... In my defense, oils are, well, made of OIL... I really didn't think humidity had a whole lot to do with dry time.  Wrong.  So lesson #1 for the day, if you are an oil painter and having similar difficulties, put a humidifier in your studio and see what happens.  Hope this helps....

Sorry about the looong post, but I have more to say...
I have also been playing around with color palettes and today, I decided to go with the very limited palette that a well known artist, Kevin MacPherson, uses.  It consists of only 4 colors - Alizarin Crimson, Cad Yellow light, Ultramarine Blue and Winsor Green (which I used Phthalo Green because it is the same thing and that is what I have) and then Titanium White.
I must say, I love a limited palette when I use it, I am always happy with the results and I don't know why I don't just stick with it.  I actually do... I love color and really can't resist all those tubes of juicy colorful paints.  But I should restrain myself and try to just stick with the limited palette for awhile to learn a little more about color mixing.  So, lesson #2 for the day.... Limited Palettes rock...

Last bit of blab for today's post....
I had too much fun on Google Street View last night... (yes, that was how I spent my Saturday night...) I have read of artists using screen shots of different google street view pics as references for their paintings.  I decided to give it a shot.  Street view is just about the coolest thing out there, and if you have several hours to burn, just start street viewing different areas of the world.   I do love it and I even came across a herd of elephants crossing the road in South Africa.  So cool.  Anyway, today's painting came from a screen shot I found last night somewhere in Northern Normandy, France.  Using the limited palette, having increased humidity in my studio and being excited about my street view reference made for a really great day painting in my studio.  So, there, lesson # 3 for the day... if you are feeling un-inspired and need a pick me up, start roaming the world using street view and your problems will be solved....

With no further ado or blabbing, here is my painting

Somewhere in Normandy, oil on panel, 6"x6"
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2 comments:

  1. Love this street view in the country!!! Beautiful colors! Your painting feels great with all the repeating values of blue in it. Truly enjoyed reading your post. I had never thought of using google street views but it is genius! I will be busy tonight! Thanks so much!!

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    1. Thank you, Tam! I love your work also... So glad to introduce you to the fun of street view!

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