Focus on values, composition and brushwork...walking sticks in hand, off we went.
Thumbnails...(rule of thirds, central divide, intrigue with variation but not distraction)
Long Slide Falls...morning view
There are no halftones put out yet with these, just the basic three values to get the scene down. The halftones come as a last step. Putting them out ahead of time might get one sidetracked or ahead of oneself. By creating a system like this, in no time at all one develops an instinctual use that becomes more intuitive.
Here was the demo...a 12"x 9" on linen, that I did at Long Slide Falls...and Steve had said earlier he was interested in seeing me do something with my old reddish-orange undertone...which excites greens of nature, harmonizes and pulls the painting together, and in general warms things up. I decided I would also emphasize the essential brushstrokes in alla prima, that being..."a brushstroke laid, is a brushstroke stayed" and will share a close up so you can see. This blog post will also serve as a follow up for Steve (once again, Steve...my pleasure meeting and working with you).
...and a close up of this painting shows more the decisiveness of laying paint down...
(*note- all images convert to larger view when clicked on)
A good brush handling cradles the brush between forefinger, perhaps middle finger and thumb, not holding it like a pencil...and making use of the longer brush handle. Paint with the paint of the brush, meaning 3-4 strokes, then go and get more paint. Any more strokes than that you should be blending or softening, but otherwise would be removing paint. I hover my brush as though taking aim...and my hand mimics the direction the stroke will go before I actually lay it down.
I have posted everything you see here, for the most part...on Wetcanvas.com but added a .gif animation of the steps to the painting above...two second intervals, which lets you see the toning, the wiping out, and the painting's coming together-
Here was the view of the lovely Piers Gorge of the Menominee River that greeted us in the afternoon's location...
and this 8"x 10" on linen was my last demo piece of the weekend...a bit softer touch on the brush and color. We saw plenty of rafters too which was fun...
A grand time was had. Steve is a member artist with eighteen other artists at the Blank Canvas Gallery in South Park Rapids, MN... Do be sure to stop by if in the area..!