Posts Tagged ‘portfolio-Studies’
A year ago I started packing up the house as we knew we’d be moving into a new house in North Ballard. We’d lived in Fremont for 12 years and finally felt like it was time to move on. The house was no longer going to work in terms of remodel and expansion. As much as we loved the neighborhood and the central closeness to everything we felt stuck in terms of potential for living space use.
Our garden patio was one of the best features of the house, though. It felt private, beautifully shaded and well designed. I give my wife the credit for making it what it was: something worth painting.
The last couple years I’ve been taking to gouache as the plein aire medium of choice. It’s quite versatile, quick to setup and easy to work with small. Very portable and dries evenly. The palettes that I’m using still need some modification though. Haven’t found the perfect setup for that yet. But the color choices are great. Bold pure colors much like my oil setups.
On Gray days when the light is diffused it’s actually a good time to paint in wide-open areas to get the feel of the light. Also, painting man-made light sources are a good way to judge the light and dark and to make your paintings come alive. Either way, there’s a lot of great opportunities no matter what the weather conditions hold.
You just have to get out there and commit yourselves. 🙂
I just got back from Whidbey Island where I spent three days painting. I was taking a class that Mike Hernandez was teaching and thought it was time to stretch out of my comfort zone a little. I picked up a few ideas and approaches to add to the toolset and now I can wait to get past this book deadline to get back out there and paint…I may have to just take an hour break here and there and just do it. Gouache painting one of the more “run and gun” approaches to plein aire.
One of the main things I learned was that you have to just get out and paint in all types of weather. Gouache is very resilient and you can change your mind on a dime. Finding cover and looking for interesting moments, one can push their personal preferences into a painting and not just act as an automaton. Recording exactly what’s in front of you while is something to be admired misses out on the opportunity for narrative and getting at the heart of human expression.
Mike’s deep understanding of these things I think comes through wonderfully in his work…which I was also happy to add to my growing collection. 🙂