Monday, March 26, 2012

Paintings for the week

I decided bring the paints to our figure drawing session this past week.I have been scared to try. But now that I have the first one under my belt I will probably do it more often. This one didn't turn out half bad.

This one was done in my favorite place at the bottom of the canyon. When I go here I know the chances of seeing another person is very slim.

This is a view of Eldorado canyon  from up in  the mountains in Walker Ranch.

These next three paintings are somewhat encouraging for me. I think they turned out closer to the way I want my plein air paintings to look.
This one is from out on the plains looking back towards Boulder. Longs Peak is seen just behind the Flatirons.

I did this painting in my driveway looking south east. It was an overcast evening and the thick air made for a good study of color and value change in relation to depth. 

These are the big wind mills at the wind research center off of highway 93. I see them every day on my way to and from work. This particular angle is from a bike trail just north of the center. They are quite impressive in size.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

plein air paintings and figure drawing

The weather was incredible this week, so I took advantage and painted out doors as much as I could.

This is the view from our house. 
It was really windy today so I lashed my easel down with some tent stakes and tied my pallet to the easel and went for it. I put this painting down to start another and the wind blew a bunch of dirt into the wet paint. I think it made it look better.
If you look close, this also has dirt in the paint. I have to figure out a way to protect my finished field studies until I get back to the car.
  This weeks figure drawing was a lesson in foreshortening.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Figure Drawing and painting for the week

It seemed like a good day to paint out side yesterday, but when I got to my spot, the wind picked up. I tried to paint anyway. I had to hold on to the easel while I worked. At one point the wind ripped the canvas off my board. The wind kept getting stronger and stronger. Finally  It blew my pallet over and when I was picking that up the easel went over. Still I tried to put some kind of finish to the painting. When I got home I repainted the scene from a photo and the colors I came up with in the original. This is the end result.
A quick reminder, if you want to see a larger version of these , just click on the thumbnail.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Quick pose and daily paintings

We did quick pose in our figure drawing this week. Here are a few of the better ones. Also I am back to my daily painting after a break to paint a portrait for someone. Sorry I can't show it to you.