Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Misty Dawn

Misty Dawn  5x7  acrylic on canvas panel

     Sometimes, I like to break away from using reference photos and simply design an image from my imagination.  That is what I have done here with this early morning scene.  Working from one's imagination can prime the creative flow if one is kind of in a rut.  The past few days have been tough on me.  Seems everything I've tried has not worked out.  Though, I now can see a dim light breaking through...I must keep moving forward.  Hopefully, with more images to post.  Let's see what develops... 

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Cumberland Falls

The Cumberland Falls    9x12    Acrylic on canvas panel
     As school ends for summer vacation to begin,  I have been thinking of the many places my boys and I can go to hike and for myself to paint en plein air.  The Cumberland Falls is top on our list to be visited often. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

A New Day

     In this painting of 'A New Day', the idea came from the simple L shape of a cliff face and steps located along the trail at The Natural Arch Scenic Overlook in northern McCreary county Ky.  Sometimes, one can get lucky and find a composition already naturally formed in nature.  Otherwise, one has to change the landscape elements to create a pleasing composition.  In the reference photo I used, there was an early afternoon light shining in sunspots on the rocks.  I made changes with that light to depict the time of early morning through a mist.
'A New Day'  10x8  Acrylic on canvas panel

      I love the earthy smell of mornings when the dew has not yet evaporated and the tiny droplets make the landscape appear saturated in color.  Is morning a favorite time a day for you?

Cool Mist - Demo

Placing the darks and lights

The completed underpainting
Working in the color
Details are added to finish the work
Cool Mist    14x11    Acrylic on canvas panel

The Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
Definitely one of my favorite locations to paint!

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