Needed Advice From Plein Air Painters

While I am away teaching this week, I would be interested in comments from other plein air painters about what they paint on. I have ordered some panels and find myself wondering what other painters use and why. I would be interested in your thoughts about what you use and the sources. Just click on the comment link below and let me know. Thanks.

Color Wheel

Would you believe this took seven hours to layout and paint?

At 28″ x 40″ and every color swatch a progression of the previous, this was pain staking. ( I almost wrote ‘paintstaking!!” 😮 )
As I was painting it, I realized how forgiving oil paint is for mixing color . . .or at least it seems to be so. Watercolor is more of a transparent veil of color over the paper. Mud can develop very quickly if the wrong colors are mixed. Among the morass of different tubes of paint to purchase and use, I use near 20 for watercolor painting. This color wheel uses 12. I could get away with 6 if I wanted, but watercolor has an urgency about it. Once cannot . . . .repeat: Can NOT . . .spend time mixing paint when a wash is in progress. It is very demanding and immediate. All sorts of blooms, run backs, splotches, stripes and edges develop if the painter isn’t right on the delivery of paint to the surface. Oil, by its nature, is much more forgiving. I can spend 30minutes foolin round at the palette with no urgency at all. So, I only use 8 colors plus white. In neither medium do I use black . . . . that is another story . . . and with very good reason with watercolor . . .but I digress.

This is to be exibited in San Francisco at a show for teachers and students . . .and next to a large watercolor show by the CWA.

Hopefully, I will be able to use this piece as a teaching aid . . .if I get it back.

Some holiday! I got up at 5:30 to get this done today . . .so I could play golf this afternoon.

Hope your holiday was restful and full of fun.

At Last, No Glare !

An inexpensive highly effective solution!

After procrastinating and doing other stuff, the last few painting photos have been so poor that I decided to attempt building a light box as shown in this link. Thanks to Carol Marine for feeding it to us in her blog!

This light box has turned out so well that I am punishing myself for being so slow in constructing it. I built this one large enough to accept paintings up to 16 x 20 (I just happened to have had a box large enough). A little tracing vellum (tissue paper will work), a little masking tape, some illustration board (mat board) scraps, a utility knife and one hour is all it took. And I get perfect photos! No color correction needed. The lamps I use at my watercolor table emulate sunlight . . . . . . .so that is what I use for the light box. I merely set the box on the table, mount the painting on the back wall, face the lights into the vellum windows, put the camera on the tripod and shoot. Done! With amzing results, too! A fantastic solution and for rillly rillly cheeep!

From this point forward, the oil paintings will be photo’d in the box!