New Landscapes 2018

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A collage of recent landscape work. Sizes vary from 10 x 10 inches to 24 x 24 inches.  I really enjoy the challenge of creating the various green shades.  When it cools off a bit I will get back out there and do more plein air work, until then I will stay cool painting landscapes in my studio 🙂

Video tutorial with commentary!

I think I am getting the hang of making short videos (with the help of my knowledgable husband).  I added step by step commentary to my latest one.  Below is the finished piece, underneath the image is the video.  I really hope you enjoy it!

 

music: bensound.com

Painting process: Moody Sky, 12 x 12 inches

I am currently working on small landscapes for my solo exhibition in October.  I love to paint bright bright sunny days, maybe because I'm from California.  I also appreciate the days where a storm is coming or has just passed, the sky looks amazing and the ground below becomes so bright against the darkened sky.  So, here is the painting process for the moody sky landscape I painted yesterday from a photo reference.  Above is my simple sketch.
I am currently working on small landscapes for my solo exhibition in October. I love to paint bright bright sunny days (maybe because I’m from California). I also appreciate the days when a storm is coming or has just passed, the sky looks amazing and the ground below becomes so bright against the darkened sky. So, here is the painting process for the moody sky landscape I painted yesterday from a photo reference. Above is my simple sketch.
Blocking in the colour.
Blocking in the colour.
underpainting close-up
underpainting close-up
Starting the sky underpainting.
Painting in the sky.
Underpainting is finished.
Underpainting is finished.
Now I'm using the palette knife.  I would usually start by painting the darks first, but the dark clouds are in front of the blue sky.
Now I’m using the palette knife. I would usually start by painting the darks first, but the dark clouds are in front of the blue sky.
sky detail
sky detail
Working my way towards the darker clouds.
Working my way towards the darker clouds.
clouds detail
detail of clouds
At this point the sky is almost done.  I need to add the really dark bits and the lightest bits.
At this point the sky is almost done. I need to add the really dark bits and the lightest bits.
dark clouds detail
dark clouds close-up
The sky is now complete.
The sky is now complete.
Starting on the land below.
Starting on the land below.
land detail
land detail
Here is the finished painting.  There is lots of movement in the sky and I like the blue bits of the sky peaking out through the dark clouds.  Well, I'm off to paint another cloudscape.
Here is the finished painting. There is lots of movement in the sky and I like how the blue bits are peaking out through the dark clouds. Well, I’m off to paint another cloudscape.

Another cloudscape: “Daydreaming” 30 x 30 inches, cradled panel

I decided to do another cloudscape.  I was a bit more relaxed with this one.  I guess because I had mixed similar colours previously.  I could now concentrate on conveying what Vast space and beauty I saw that day.  I won't go into lots of detail but please enjoy the process.
I decided to do another cloudscape. I was a bit more relaxed with this one. I guess because I had mixed similar colours previously, I could now concentrate on conveying what vast space and beauty I saw that day. I won’t go into lots of detail but please enjoy the process.
Laying in the basic colors of the ground below and the river.
Laying in the basic colors of the ground below and the river.
Now onto the distant clouds and working my way up towards the larger clouds.
Now onto the distant clouds and working my way up towards the larger clouds.
The sky is done, now I need to work my magic with these massive clouds.
The sky is done, now I need to work my magic with these massive clouds.
I start with the cool and warm greys.  After the clouds are finished I will rework the ground so you get a feel of warm sunshine, add the tiny trees and a hint of reflection in the river.
I start with the cool and warm greys. After the clouds are finished I will rework the ground so you get a feel of warm sunshine, add the tiny trees and a hint of reflection in the river.
This is the finished work.  I had to take it this way because I was getting such a glare in the other positions.  This one may be similar to the previous cloudscape but it has a totally different feel.
This is the finished work. I had to photograph it this way because I was getting such a glare in the other positions. This one may be similar to the previous cloudscape but it has a totally different feel.
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Painting process: Cloudscape 30 x 30 inches on board

I love painting cloudscapes because of the freedom I feel in my expressive movements of the paint.  Movement is key in painting clouds.  Without it they just look  like a cut out pasted in the sky.  Here is my initial sketch, you can see where I am hinting at direction and movement.
I love painting cloudscapes because of the freedom I feel in my expressive movements of the paint. Movement is key in painting clouds. Without it they just look like a cut out pasted in the sky. Here is my initial sketch, you can see where I am hinting at direction and movement.
I begin layering in the ground below with a palette knife straight away.  I want the painting to feel spontaneous.  I will add  thicker layers on as I move towards the parts of the land with sun shining on it.  I am doing this fairly quickly, don't want to over think this stage.
I begin layering in the ground below with a palette knife straight away. I want the painting to feel spontaneous. I will add thicker layers on as I move towards the parts of the land with sun shining on it. I am doing this fairly quickly, don’t want to over think this stage.
Moving on to the darker clouds near the horizon line.  Working from dark to light so my clouds really stand out.
Moving onto the darker clouds near the horizon line. Working from dark to light so my clouds really stand out.
At this time I move back to the ground below and adjust the greens and yellows.
At this time I move back to the ground below and adjust the greens and yellows.
Now I can begin to lay in the blue sky and see my clouds take shape.  I layer this on thickly because I will not be going over it with any other layers of color.
Now I can begin to lay in the blue sky and see my clouds take shape. I layer this on thickly because I will not be going over it with any other layers of color.
The blue starts as a very vibrant royal blue then goes a bit sky blue then into turquoise as it meets the darker clouds below.
The blue starts as a very vibrant royal blue then goes a bit sky blue then into turquoise as it meets the darker clouds below.
Once I am satisfied with the way the sky meets the ground I move on to the grey parts of the clouds.  There are warm and cool greys so I alternate these according to the light source.  I like to mix various versions of warm grey using French Ultramarine, Burnt Umber, Naples Yellow and White.  To get cooler greys I omit the naples yellow and sometimes add a teeny amount of vivid pink (pebeo colour).
Once I am satisfied with the way the sky meets the ground I move onto the grey parts of the clouds. There are warm and cool greys so I alternate these according to the light source. I like to mix various versions of warm grey using French Ultramarine, Burnt Umber, Naples Yellow and White. To get cooler greys I omit the naples yellow and sometimes add a teeny amount of vivid pink (pebeo colour).
Ooooops!  In the midst of my expressive paint application there was a casualty.  I broke one of my favourite knives for larger paintings.  But I do have a back up.  Always be prepared so you do not interrupt your creative flow.
Ooooops! In the midst of my expressive paint application there was a casualty. I broke one of my favourite knives for larger paintings. But I do have a back up. Always be prepared so you don’t interrupt your creative flow.
I have now lightened up the clouds to where I can add pure titanium white.  Big and bold marks are the key here.
I have now lightened up the clouds to where I can add pure titanium white. Big and bold marks are the key here.
Finished!  I think it will look better when I take a proper picture of this outside.  I should have a better photo of this up on my official website by the end of the weekend.  I might do another cloudscape.  I think I can take some lessons I learned through this process and iron them out a bit more on the next one.  But I am very happy with this result.
Finished! I think it will look better when I take a proper picture of this outside. I should have a better photo of this up on my official website by the end of the weekend. I might do another cloudscape. I think I can take some lessons I learned through this process and iron them out a bit more on the next one. But I am very happy with this result.

“Sunset Glow” (Snape Maltings, Suffolk) 10 x 20 inches

Sunset at Snape Maltings in Suffolk is breathtaking.  When the sun hits the reeds it sets it on fire.  I wanted to capture that in this painting.  I have taken many pictures and witnessed this many times.  So, here is my first attempt.  I start by layering in the darker colors of the reeds and trees in the distance.  Keeping in mind color temperature.  There will be a warm light hitting trees and reeds in the distance so my under layers should be on the cool side.
Sunset at Snape Maltings in Suffolk is breathtaking. When the sun hits the reeds it sets it on fire. I wanted to capture that in a painting. I have taken many pictures and witnessed this many times. So, here is my first attempt. I start by layering in the darker colors of the reeds and trees in the distance. Keeping in mind color temperature. There will be a warm light hitting trees and reeds in the distance so my under layers should be on the cool side.
I move on to the sky, keeping in mind that it was a bright blue sky, a glow from the warm sun is hitting the cool clouds and the blue sky is starting to turn yellow.  All of this needs to be reflected in the water too.
I move on to the sky, keeping in mind that it was a bright blue sky, a glow from the warm sun is hitting the cool clouds and the blue sky is starting to turn yellow. All of this needs to be reflected in the water too.
The sky is completed with warm highlights of titanium white with a hint of cadmium yellow pale.
The sky is completed with warm highlights of titanium white with a hint of cadmium yellow pale.
I am adding the warm glow onto to distant trees and reeds.  It is starting to come to life.
I am adding the warm glow onto to distant trees and reeds. It is starting to come to life.
Then I add the golden line of reeds set a light by the setting sun.
Then I add the golden line of reeds set alight by the setting sun.
(detail)
(detail)
The paintings I have completed this week.   Two different subjects on the same size panel.  Same technique used on both but you get very different vibes from each of them.
The paintings I have completed this week. Two different subjects on the same size panel. Same technique used on both but you get very different vibes from each of them.