Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jimmy Longacre_subjective realist landscape paintings_ ZEROING-IN




My last couple of posts have dealt with identifying and emphasizing one thing that you want to communicate in your painting.  Here's one example of what that can mean.  The reference photo that I used takes in a lot of beautiful subject matter, and a number of fun compositions could be derived from it.  I chose to "zero-in" on one aspect that particularly interested me, and you can see in my painting how I ended up cropping the subject and emphasizing the burst of light in the right-mid-ground.  Then, I edited-out things that did not support my concept, and did all I could to emphasize my main point of interest.

Often, in my workshops, I see students take on everything in a reference photo simply because that's what's in the photo!  This mental attitude is what I refer to as "thing- o-vision".  If we don't consciously shift into "art-o-vision" we automatically begin taking dictation from our reference, whether painting from life or photos.  This approach effectively rules out our opportunity to exercise our design and compositional choices that make our painting interesting and expressive.  Among other things to do, before beginning to paint, try "zeroing-in" on one concept that excites you about your subject, and then make a game of showing off that one thing.  Don't bother with anything in the reference that is extraneous to your concept, and think of ways to emphasize your concept.  More coming up on that.

BLUE CREEK
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
8X16 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre

subjective realist landscape paintings


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rock Lined, New Contemporary Landscape Painting by Sheri Jones



Rock Lined
20x16 oil on canvas

I roamed the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens looking for inspiration. I can always  count on something catching my eye. 
I loved deep colors of the creek leading the eye to the tall cedar tree.
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Sheri Jones Sheri@sheriart.net http://www.sheriart.net http://www.sheriart.blogspot.com
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Plein Air, Wind Chimes, oils on canvas, Barbara Haviland, Texas Contemporary Artist



©Barbara Haviland  Barb's Garden 2014

 Wind Chimes
Medium oils on canvas
Size  5"x5"

 by Artist Barbara Haviland
I did wind chimes directly from my studio porch listening the chimes as I painted.  The painting is signed and framed.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cloud Driven, New Contemporary Landscape Painting by Sheri Jones


Cloud Driven
12x16 oil on canvas

The clouds were the star of this scene. They seemed to glow with the rise of the morning sun.  This is part of my drive to work series. It is available for purchase.
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Autumn, Landscape, oils on canvas, Barbara Haviland


©Barbara Haviland  Barb's Garden 2014

 Autumn 
Medium oils on canvas
Size  9"x 9"

 by Artist Barbara Haviland
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Dancing Trees, New Contemporary Landscape Painting by Sheri Jones



Dancing Trees
24x30 oil on canvas
This was created in the studio from a small study. The original scene was pretty drab and colorless. The trees were full of action and movement and I knew I had to go big on this one. I jazzed it up with cool colors thru layer and layer of paint.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jimmy Longacre_subjective realist landscape paintings_ TELLING ONE STORY -- THE BIG PICTURE



It takes many of us a lot of painting experience to begin to realize that good painting needs a clear concept of what we're trying to do.  There are so many fundamental things about painting we need to understand and put into our work that it's easy to get lost and overwhelmed long the way.  With consistent effort we move from plateau to plateau, and without a burning desire to "get there" we  would surely give up.  Too many disappointments and failures.  

The thing that has helped me the most to keep on keeping on is the realization that all our technical skills begin to come together as we use them to express one clear idea.  Excellent rendering ability alone won't do it.  Learning the rules of perspective won't do it.  Understanding how color works, and any number of other individual skills won't get us there.  Composition and design remain arcane mysteries wrapped up in too many "do's and don'ts" until we begin to see what it is that drives the whole process.

So, what is it that puts us on the track of really enjoying making our own paintings?  I'd say it's wrapped up in doing everything we can to emphasize one clearly seen and felt idea about our subject.  Until then, we are spending our energy on external motivations and rules and frustrations.  Trying to approximate the look of the paintings of artist's whose work we admire while wrestling with problems that in and of themselves can't assure successful paintings.

However, surprisingly, once we learn to clearly identify what one thing we're trying to emphasize about our chosen subject, the "what for" of whatever skills we have take on purpose and meaning in our efforts.  The fun begins, and our power starts to grow.  Our own work begins to interest us.  Even our beginning, rudimentary efforts begin to produce interesting results when we know what we're trying to do.   I want to say more about this in my following posts.
  
RUST & FADED PAINT
©Jimmy Longacre 2017
9x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings


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