Monday, September 29, 2008

Autumn Field Impressionist Landscape & more Free on-line Art Mags

September Field, acrylic, 12x24
$550, unframed, pay safely w/ credit card through Paypal

Back to a traditional landscape today. I love this mellow time of year, everything has a golden glow to it. The next 6 weeks will be the last of the "nice" weather and the exciting colors of autumn are yet to come. I plan on spending as much time outside as possible! I'm working with a new technique here, scraping layers back to the under painting. First, you should know that I'm still working with the Chroma Interactive Acrylics, a paint that is extremely versatile with many, many working possibilities. For the under painting I'm using transparent red oxide a beautiful, rich, earthy color that is ...well transparent. So, like a watercolor the white of the canvas glows through this beautiful color and creates a very lovely effect. With oils if you start by toning your canvas and letting it completely dry before starting your painting it wouldn't be difficult to "rag out" a section and allow the glowing under painting to show through. With acrylics that dry quickly, pulling back a layer to allow the under painting to show through would normally be out of the question. But with the interactives, I was able to wet a paper towel and pull off the top layers of paint and allow the glow to show lol. In the painting that's the light area in the field in front of the tree line. One of the things I like about this (other than the glowing under painting showing through) is the change in surface texture. The irregular weave of the linen gets a chance to show itself and the unevenness of the edge where the layers of paint end I find very interesting along with the overall element of thick and extremely thin paint. From a distance it simply works as a color and value contrast but up close it rewards the viewers eye with some interesting textural variations.
Here's a link to Art Market Blog
where Nicholas Forrest has a list of free on-line art magazines. Thanks Nick!!

Food for Thought

Since I've been painting abstracts lately, and writing about evaluating an abstract painting for quality I though I would share this very provocative quote.......
"Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before." Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)
.....and this very interesting perspective from Joseph Greyling of the Creative Christians Group on Facebook (emphasis mine)
"I read the following that puts me right back into perspective: (Its out of Lion's Bible handbook, about Ecclesiastes)
Nature and History go round in circles: there is nothing new (not even in art and design).
God never intended man to leave Him out of the picture.There is no joy or satisfaction in life apart from God. (What we perceive as joy is just a puff in the wind!)"


kjs said...

I can not believe these are acrylic! They look so....ummm buttery! Your colors are fabulous.

How would you feel about recommending a book on how to achieve this type of color? I would die a happy woman if I could paint half as well as you do. You are truly adding some much needed beauty to this world!

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi kjs,

Thanks for visiting! These are Chroma Interactive Acrylics, a whole new type of paint. I'll do a post this coming week talking about good books on color.