Wednesday, October 19, 2011

W.I.P. Landscape - First color pass


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12 X 16 inch oil on stretched canvas

Not too good a photo...the colors aren't true.  I took lots of shots, but this is about the best one.

This is my first application of color to the underpainting I posted last week.  I want to let this layer dry before I go in and work on the trees on the right.  I think I may be doing a lot of wiping off!  Trees are a lot harder than apples and pots!  LOL.


Mexican Sage 


Lantana


Also, for your viewing pleasure,  I'm posting picture of some plants that survived our drought thanks to my husband.   We moved into our house with new landscaping and within one week our neighborhood went to stage 4 water restrictions, meaning hand watering only, between 6 to 9 p.m.   My husband stood outside in 100 degree heat every day for two months, watering our new trees and shrubs.   We didn't loose any trees, but a few shrubs didn't make it.  The majority survived, though and I'm thrilled that after our recent rains they are blooming their little heads off!

16 comments:

  1. Keep working on it... it gets easier with practice. Looking good so far!

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  2. Wonderful composition and really like how you have designed this. Enjoying seeing your process and look forward to seeing you tackle those trees. You can do it! The colors in the underpainting have a wonderful harmony.
    Yay on husbands with green thumbs and patience to water through watering bans! Good job!

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  3. WHAT IS TO WORK ON?..LOOKS GREAT TO ME..

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  4. I love it Virginia. Very loose and painterly. :)) And I'm amazed your plants survived that? Mine would have totally died, me having a black thumb and all. :)

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  5. I think you did a great job. I can feel the cool of the snow against the warm light.

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  6. Your sky is beautiful! It has a tonal quality to it. Very nice!

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  7. Looks like you are doing very well... don't be to critical of yourself. Let yourself grow with each piece and learn. Thanks for commenting on my blog and send me your email address if you want any more detailed info on my process, otherwise, I paint thin like watercolor at first establishing large shapes, shadows and sunlight..... Stay away from white paint until you are happy with your watercolor look of transparent washes. Darken and refine as you go. I Keep it loose at first then tighter as the painting progresses. Then I sketch in with cad orange on top. I try to keep the 4 value planes in a landscape distinct. Also, try to keep your verticals pretty dark, warmer near the ground and cooler near the sky. I think your desire will lead you to some really nice work.

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  8. Ohhhhh, I'm loving it!!! I was really thrilled with the underpainting and didn't see the point of painting over it, but those colors are beautiful. This oil painting thing still mystifies me but I am starting to see how your process works.

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  9. I also have trouble with taking pics of my work somehow they look washed out. I love the start of this. I can't wait to see the finish.

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  10. Bonjour Virginia,
    Une peinture en pleine progression et qui commence à prendre son habit de lumière...
    De belles photos également de vos plantations.

    Un grand merci pour ce très très gentil message laissé sur mon blog. Cela me touche beaucoup.
    Gros bisous

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  11. Love the oranges and blues together.

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  12. let's see stage two---OR---what is on your easel now?

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  13. Hi Virginia! Keep checking to see if you've made progress on your painting.
    It looks like a great start! Hope all is going well for you. I want to thank you again for your enthusiastic support--the gallery sold 9 of my paintings!!!: the apple one from the show and 8 others I'd brought in earlier. I'm floating!

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  14. It looks great Virginia and Yout husband is a gem.

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