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PostSubject: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:14 pm



Every Tuesday evening, weather permitting, a group of us go to locations around the Comox Valley to plein air paint. We paint for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours and then finish off at the pub. The Tuesday before I went on my road trip we went to a farm that we often paint at - here's me painting. I had my 4 y/o grandson with me and he took the picture.
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:20 pm



Here's the completed painting. It's painted with artisans on an 11x14 canvas. It was actually painted over another painting that I scrubbed out - I used what was left of the other painting and a thin wash of sienna for the base, which shows through in places. I only worked on this for about 45 minutes, then took my grandson for a walk along the fields - he finished his paintings in about 5 minutes. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:44 am

Sofie, Beautiful painting! The Sienna that you used for the wash worked very well! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:48 pm

Congrats to the successful photographer as well!
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:39 pm



Last night I did this whole post and then lost my connection and lost it all. I went out painting at a place called Goose Spit, so I had a chance to try water once more. This time I got smart and placed the horizon line low - that way I had way less water to paint. Wink This photo is way too blue - I lent my sister my camera so I had to dig my old one out and it just goes crazy on the blue. This was painted on an 11x14 canvas - the one I'd painted the week before, with the painting washed off while still wet. I used cerulean blue hue, prussian blue, dioxazine purple, raw sienna, cad yellow pale hue, naples yellow and titanium white. This took about 40 minutes. If you look closely you'll see some grainy texture. My grandson was playing with his sand toys and accidentally sprayed my canvas. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:31 pm

The sand just adds realism to the painting.
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:24 am

I think I might be able to dust most of it off when the painting dries - I'll keep you posted. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:50 am

Sofie - You're good, only 45 min. I guess with a little one that's about all the time you have and then that's pushing it -- they do get antsy.

Thank you for sharing -- love seeing your work.

I do have a question when you paint over another piece do you usually sand it down some in between the base?
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:01 am

Thanks Dana

I'm still experimenting with painting over the wso - with acrylics it's so easy just to slap on a coat of gesso, but can't do that with oils. Luckily, wso paint washes off really well, even after a couple of months. I just pop it in my sink and use warm water and soap and a scrub brush. There is staining left behind on the canvas, but I usually incorporate that in a thin base wash of colour. I haven't painted over anything that's more than 6 months old yet, but I think a sanding would help, especially if the paint is thick. For some paitings I don't mind a bit of texture underneath anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:32 pm

Sofie,

Thank you that's great information....I would have never thought to put it in the sink and scrub the canvas right there, then you just hang it up to dry -- lol.

Thank you again---it is wonderful to have you all and the help, information, and encouragement --- You are GREAT!!! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:53 am

Sofie I'm astonished at your fortitude, being able to concentrate with a young one running around. How about letting us see your Grandson's paintings, a five minute painter eh!
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:33 am

Sofie, the colors are beautiful! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:50 pm

Both of your paintings are great! Thanks for the info on scrubbing the paint off the canvas. That gives me a better excuse to buy good canvases--in the long run they may be cheaper.

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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:34 am

Thanks everybody. I'll try to get a better photo of the blue one - I have my camera back now.
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:39 am



Here is tonight's location shot. It was such a beautiful evening - still very hot in the sun so everyone found a shady spot except me. I just ensured that I was looking away from the sun. This location is a small slough right in town where people moor their boats. I didn't want to attempt a boat painting in the short space of time available, so I painted the trees on the far bank - the rising slope of park behind the trees was all lit up by the sun. In this photo you cannot see the reflections in the water or the details on the bank.
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:50 am



This shows my set up. I sat on the cement and made my easel short. I had my paints on the grass beside me. It was quite cosy. My canvas is 12"x12" and I put a light wash of magenta and cad yellow hue mixed (thinned with odourless solvent) I used cerulean blue and titanium white for the sky. The other colours I used were prussian blue, diox purple, cad yellow light hue, lemon yellow, naples yellow, raw sienna, and burnt umber.
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:51 am



The finished painting - it probably took 1 1/4 hrs.
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:35 am

Very Impressionist. I can tell you enjoyed this it comes across in the free style
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:12 am

I love it! Very nice broken color and variation of color! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:23 am

Great job. The sailboat would have taken away from this painting. Looks like fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:52 am

I love looking at the site and then the finished painting. One of my holdbacks from trying the plein aire is that I look out and have ahard time imagining a painting - even though it may be beautiful scenery, I need to find a way of limiting my focus.

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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:00 pm

I started using an 8 x 10 mat board with a 5 x 7 opening, and I hold it up and survey the scenery until I see one that looks good. I guess this is the same thing I do with my camera so I can paint from photos..
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:07 pm

Thanks everybody. I really enjoyed doing this.

Dale - limiting the focus is really the key. I think I managed it much better this time than some of the others. What Judy said about using a frame to find your composition works for lots of people. Others draw thumbnails that eliminate certain elements until they find what works for them, then use the thumbnail as a reference along with the view. Smile

Now I'm inspired to get out and paint which is a good thing because I'm registered for a painting around town event next week - 2 full days in a nice location in town in conjunction with market days where they close off the main shopping street in the old part of town and fill it with vendors and musicians and artists.
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:00 pm

Sophie - good luck with the event.

And I will try the mat board idea. Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: Tuesday Evening Paintings   Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:30 am

Sofie, I love what you were able to paint in just over an hour! The sky is very interesting, with its many colours.
in your latest plein air, did you sketch the composition with a wash first, or "rough in" areas with full strength paint?
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