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PostSubject: Lonesome Line   Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:05 pm

Last fall we finally got to revisit old vacation haunts in Colorado. Lots of photos and lots of potential for paintings. This view was taken in Hartsel, Colorado. The abandoned rail line and the looming thunderheads really called out to me.



After completing the sky under-painting in May, this canvas languished in my wet panel storage area waiting for enthusiasm and inspiration to return. I avoided it by doing another painting and then finding other excuses to procrastinate.



With a lot of trepidation I returned to it this past weekend. Luckily I like the results so far. Otherwise I'm afraid I would have returned to "avoidance mode". This photo has exaggerated the color difference between the top and other clouds. I'll still have to evaluate that difference after I get some of the land painted in.



Now comes the challenge of avoiding competing centers of interest and allowing the thunderheads to make the abandoned rail line into a lonesome, secondary element of the painting; there, but overwhelmed. Of course, a "happy accident" may change where this painting is going !
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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:07 am

Nice start, Jim. I don't think you can make any big decisions till you get working on the lower part of your painting. Filling in the colours and tones will change the way the sky looks. I think you'll be much mopre inspired to paint this when you've taken the plunge into that undeveloped area. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:33 pm

The clouds look great...Very threatening. You even got some of the virga in the sky. For those of you who don't know that term, I learned it when I moved to Arizona. It is rain that never hits the ground, especially in dry desert area.

Jim, I like your new picture. It's always nice to see the real person.

Good luck with the painting. I'm sure you'll work it all out. You have a very good start.

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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:04 am

Very nice so far, Jim. Can't wait to see the next stage.
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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:53 pm

Great atmosphere. Just go ahead and paint Jim. With oils nothing is permanent until the final varnish is applied.
Hope to see your progress on this one soon
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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:07 am

Fantastic start Jim! I love seeing how you started the underpainting! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:12 pm

Thanks all for your supportive comments. Doing the landforms is extremely tiring -dragging the buildings and digging up and replanting the trees is so much work !



More "replanting" to go of course. Lots of sky colors worked into the mountains and hills. It's interesting that in the reference photo the buildings appear to be skewed in relation to the angle that the roadbed takes through the photo. I think this illustrates distortion due to the wide angle lens used. Needless to say the buildings got "re-perspectivized" a number of times. Got some other stuff to do for a bit. I hope it won't take me away from the painting for too long.

Judy; that old avatar was so glum looking (afraid it was rubbing off on me). The new one is from my past life in cartography and symbol making. I'm grinning at my (then) latest design.

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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:30 pm

Great sign, Jim. Very creative and good for a real laugh. The painting is coming along beautifully. I really like what you have done so far.

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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:37 am

Jim, Love the additions to your painting! I'm really enjoying watching you paint. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:15 am

Jim, I like your comment about bringing the sky colours into the mountains. That's something I find challenging: getting all the colours in a scene to look like they really belong there, when I have mixed them at different times...
The painting is coming along beautifully!
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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:22 pm

This painting is turning out great. Thanks for showing us your step by step progress.
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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:22 pm

Jim. I am green with envy. you have no idea of how many times I took my paintings outside trying to get just the right colors and gradation. Your work is wonderful.

I have tried combinations of Ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean, pthalo green and white. Then I started building up the depth by more and more layers - which sort of works, but I can't seem to achieve that clear mid tone that i find so appealing.

Let me know when you start producing videos. I will be the first in line to buy.
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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:51 am

Well, not a lot of new area covered with paint, but a fair amount of effort went into evaluating, decisions and reworking below the sky (which I don't think I'm going to have to do any more to). That far building has about five coats of paint, but I think I've got it close to right now. Of course, as more of the foreground goes in I'll have to re-evaluate that.



There are lots of changes from the reference photo going into the foreground and middle distance. Such as adding viewer pathways into the picture and other visual "stops" and guides that don't appear (and don't seem necessary) in nature. However, when the view is captured and confined to a canvas these really become important. Of course contemplating these changes can lead to that dreaded artists' disease "ODS" (ongoing decisional stagnation) Smile. I seem to be particularly susceptible to this. One of the nicest antidotes for it is all the great encouragement in this forum sunny.
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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:52 pm

Great progress
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PostSubject: Re: Lonesome Line   Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:20 pm

I think the addition of wandering curves leading in to the center will really add to an all ready great paining. It will be worth the "ODS."

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