Sunday, May 03, 2009

Afternoon at the Mill Pond...two plein air Oil Paintings

9"x 12" oil on pumice panel...



















Was a gorgeous sun-filled afternoon today, and of course the beckoning to paint was there. Went to one of our local lakes, a river...emptying into the mill pond...and first did a study of shore grasses. You can see a bit of duck weed vegetation coming to some life with the warmth...

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...and with left over paint, I scraped to the side into
a neutral gray mud...and used it to do a quick 5"x 7"
study of a backlit shore...


9 comments:

Jeremy Elder said...

Awesome brushstrokes on the first one!

Mick Carney said...

Great sense of light in these particularly the first one which I really love. Colour palette in the first is great and obviously created the wherewithal for the second. I just wondered about the unusual regularity of the parallel branches in the second.

JMahorney said...

Larry I am lovin the shore grass! What spontaneous movement with the strokes with right-on color to boot. :)

Larry said...

thanks everyone, much appreciated..t'was fun!

the tree with its diagonal parallel limbs, backlit...is one of the very things that drew me to that scene, Mick...

:)

Gregory Becker said...

Larry, Your two paintings are great. The first one I love because of the brush strokes, but the second one for color.
I just went outdoors to paint for the first time on Sunday. It was alot of fun and I'm hooked but I had some problems.
I never painted trees before.
Give me a pencil and I'm fine.
I had a problem with making branches.
Do you use a medium to loosen it up or can you give me some advice or actually what should I stivr for when it comes to that?
I see all the branches and want to represent all of them.
Any afvice? I appreciate it.

ramanjit said...

hello sir,
i am watching your blog everyday but never comment coz i am too small to comment for great artist like you but your this brush work is awesome just cant stop myself.

jason seiler's student
raman

Sophie said...

I can hear the grass in the wind and your footsteps on it. Beautifully done.

Larry Seiler said...

Thanks everyone...well..first off the can remark is take a workshop if you can Gregory...but a simple suggestion to start is...squint your eyes to eliminate detail...see the overall masses and values, block in, and use negative space to sculpt the tree shapes.

On Wetcanvas.com...I have an instructional thread on basics for the outdoor painter, but the last demo in the thread was one I did for workshop students, shows breaking it down to three basic values, then halftones. I think you might find some good useful hints there.
Basics for Outdoor Painterscheck it out...

Larry Seiler said...

Thanks Raman...very kind, and I believe I've seen some of your work in one of Jason's critiques. A fine masterful artist is found in Jason! You have a good teacher!


Thanks Sophie, much appreciated. Passing a sense of the aesthetic...well, that's it...isn't it!

peace