Here is the next update to the Furrowed Field painting I have been working on using my new process and the same augmented paint pallet.
Here more warmth has been added to the reds of the sky, more warmth and texture has been incorporated into the mid ground, highlights included in the furrows, and more texture included in the foreground. Also, touched up the highlights on the distant barns. Well, once again I will place it on the mantel and see if any modifications become apparent.
In my last blog post I described my new standard layout pallet. Well I started a new painting using the same physical pallet! I mentioned that Golden OPEN stay workable, well here it is! I have been able to use the same color pools and just push them in slightly new directions of hue, value or chroma through the addition of one or more of my nine standard colors.
This is my initial block in of the painting.
This is the same paint and pallet from the last blog post, augmented to suit the new painting.
The following is a further work up of the painting with refinements in the field, background and the sky.. This included the shadows, buildings, and growth at the tree line and beyond, further definition of the foreground and shaping of the furrows in the field. I began to introduce sky color into the field, and added some additional yellow hue with zinc white to the glow in he sky.
I am now looking at the painting to plan the next steps. I now feel I want to add more warm orange to the sky, with the addition of sink white for transparency, modify a few of the furrows, and add some warmth and sky tones to the mid ground of the field. I find it very useful to sit my works in progress somewhere I can see them as I walk through the house. By doing this, I get to see them with a fresh eye at a distance for a while, and further modification needs become apparent.
Well, I will keep you posted on the next step in a few days!
I am experimenting with evolving new approaches to my painting. Two factors that have triggered some exciting insights include an oil painting workshop that I took recently, and Golden Paints has come out with a new suggested pallet of modern colors and associated color mixing guide. The new Golden document is an expansion of a previous Golden color mixing guide. I have combined the two Golden guides. I have arranged the colors on my pallet as shown in the following photo.
The warm yellow, red and blue are arranged on the left hand side. The cool yellow, red, blue and green are arranged across the top. The upper left hand corner has both titanium white and transparent zinc white (I find that transparent zinc white is one of the most valuable paints on the pallet!). The right hand side is reserved for my favorite earth tones, if I feel I need them.
This is new for me, but so far I find that is is helpful to support intuitive formulating of pools of color. These pools can then be easily moved in either the cooler or warmer, lighter or darker, more or less intense direction. Since these pools are available for addition and modification throughout the life of the painting process, this leads to the use of fantastic nuances of harmonious colors.
This works with Golden OPEN paints in that they stay workable on the pallet for weeks or months, if the pallet is kept in an air tight container when not in use, and gently sprayed with thinner before closing the container for storage. This is good for doing a painting that will span a period of weeks or a a month or so, and have the same mixtures of paint available for use in tuning and evolving the painting.
The first painting that I have done using this technique was a good one to test the color pools in that it is based on many shades of red and green. The painting is called Sheep Shapes Two. The following is the current version of the painting, subjet to further modification!
Sheep Shapes Two is on my Fine Art America (FAA) website, http://www.joebergholm.artistwebsites.com, where if you click on the image, options for printing and framing the image are available. The painting also appears in the FAA Sheep Gallery, which can be seen by clicking on the following link:
Recently I have been taking the Recreating a Master Work Class at Colorest in Red Bank, New Jersey, with Scott Nickerson It is a fascinating experience which I feel is a great way to learn painting, because you must figure out how an old master achieved the result. The latest painting we worked on is by J Vermeer. Here is my work:
This painting had so much to learn. One fascinating idea is how Vermeer utilized perspective to achieve the objective of the composition. This is described in a MET book The Milkmaid by Walter Liedtke, which I highly recommend. The use of light and layered color was a great learning experience!
My painting, "Worth Street NYC", which appears in my Fine Art America (FAA) website, www.joebergholm.artistwebsites.com, where prints are available for sale. The painting now also appears in the FAA New York Street Scene Gallery. To view it, click on the following link:
My new painting "Spot Light" has bee posted to the Fine Art America (FAA) Still Life Gallery and my FAA website, www.joebergholm.artistwebsites.com. To see the Still Life Gallery, which also shows some of my other paintings, click on the following link:
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