Sunday, February 14, 2010

A New Palette of Colors & Some Winter Plein Air Sketching

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Last week you got a glimpse of my new marsh landscape in the video about varnishing an acrylic painting. The painting seemed to lack strength and so I switched to a new limited palette of colors. (Also, the winter is dragging on and I needed something new to chase away the blah's!)

My new palette of colors for this painting are Raw Sienna Dark, Prussian Blue, Transparent Red Oxide, Olive Green, Burnt Umber, Transparent Yellow and Titanium Buff.

I explain it all in today's new video. If you receive The Poetic Landscape via e-mail you can see the video on my YouTube Channel here.

Next up: Some Winter Plein Air Sketches

I really haven't been enthused about going out and painting in the bitter cold this year. Even the snow we've had hasn't been enough to tempt me. I think it has something to do with the 40mph winds! LOL

I do find it fun though to grab my sketching kit and sit in the car and do some quick pen and watercolor studies.

I don't even know why I show these, they're certainly not great art, I guess it's because they're so rapidly done and so quirky because of that, that I like them.

Back in the good old days of the Renaissance and the following few centuries artist did preliminary sketches and studies that were for their eyes only. Oh yes, they may have shown a demanding patron or two some sketches to appease them while a major work was in progress, but by and large the sketches remained personal, and were often tossed away once the final work was completed.

Somewhere in the 19th century collectors began coveting the sketches done by artists. I'm not sure why, perhaps it was fueled by romantinc notions of the era about an artists life, muse and inspiration. Perhaps it gave them a sense of being that wealthy patron of old whose privledged status gave them access to what others would never be able to see, the inner workings of the artists mind through their sketchbook.

Last Friday I went to an exhibit of European Drawings, many on irregaularly shaped scraps of paper which seemed to have been literally ripped out of an artists sketchbook! LOL

I'll be posting about that tomorrow so be sure and come back then!


AutumnLeaves said...

What interesting tidbits on sketchbooks, Jan. I personally think your rapid little sketches are gorgeous. To me they are indeed art and so much better than I can do with hours and weeks of working on a piece. That others do so swiftly and beautifully pieces I can never hope to attain is a source of mystery for me. Maybe that is why I like them so much.


Is prussian blue as strong a color, when mixing, as thalo blue is?
I have to be so careful with thalo.