Check out my video thus morning
Check out my video thus morning
What do you do when a friendly guy in a golf cart wants to talk and talk and talk to you while you are trying to concentrate on composition? What do you do when friendly birds peck around your supplies while you are painting? (large birds) Lol Go with the flow. Enjoy people and tune them out when necessary. People generally know when you get quiet you are in thought. Most will leave you to your thoughts. Those that stick around beyond this point are generally not super sensitive types. As for the birds or other wild life, that's what all the plein air stuff is about. Enjoy nature and in this case paint it into your composition. Notice the bird up close and personal. This was a great day in Freedom Lake Park in Pinellas Park, Florida.
I'll try to download the series of pictures as this painting progressed.
Above is the sketch. I don't always sketch first before beginning painting but I did this time. The feet are important.
I also did a small sketch to see how it would develop. I decided to let the feet be in the Middle of the painting. This decision would haunt me later.
Coming along nicely.
Lots of detail added. Had to add a tree as the feet in the middle just bugged me. Adjusted the water and sky line as well. The final picture is the first picture I posted. So look back to see the final result.
I've never blogged from my phone but here we go. I'm out here at the flea market in Oldsmar Florida. Booth C 30. I just started this painting yesterday. I will see if I can send a picture of the start and a second of how much I've gotten done today. Possibly a picture or two of my booth.
Above is the second round of painting. Redefining the mountain. I put in the rocks and water.
I've scratched in some more rocks and trees with my white charcoal. A damp rag will remove it. But usually I just paint right over it. I have added dark water and some lighter highlights while the paint was still wet so I could blend it. Strokes with a gentle upward movement make water look real.
I'll try to txt the finished or almost finished picture today or tomorrow. it's hard for me to ever say it's finished. I just stop messing with it at a point. As Da Vinci said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned" .
Finished picture above. Low lights and highlights added, sparkle in the water, and debris on the shore. Its amazing how much debris is in a forest. Dead trees and burnt trees. Some only have the bottoms burnt and the tops are still alive. When visiting Yellowstone I learned that sometimes the national forests have controlled burns. This keeps fires from getting out of control and helps the forest rejuvenate. This pictute will be featured in my gallery and for sale on my art store page.
I am about to start a 48 x60 painting. I have several ideas but won't know what I'm going to paint till I actually lay paint to canvas. Shipping on something this big is hundreds so I have to remove it from it's frame and mail it in a tube. Then for a small cost the new owner can have it re-stretched. It might be one I could deliver locally or someone can pick up. I'll let you all see it as I progress. Sometimes I paint along with famous artists that have on-line classes or TV classes to perfect my techniques. So I may use a basic painting I see there and change it some. Like my mountain scene. It was partly from a class and partly from my Yellowstone and Utah pictures I took.
I finally decided to paint a lighthouse with dark ominous sky. I'll put a little fantasy in this picture.
I started by painting this canvas in shades of grey. I used strokes that would help to make the painting easier later. If you look closely you will see my charcoal sketch of the rocks and the lighthouse on the top of the rock.
Here I began to paint in the colors. Very difficult with such a large canvas. The paint dries quickly. I try, fail, try again till I get the look I want.
I used the knife to put in my rocks. Began adding some accent colors. Some clouds which are just a start. This sky will be very busy.
My little lighthouse is mostly finished. Needs a little work. Later I'll risk ruining the entire painting putting in the glow from the light. I'll research what kind of glow the light throws and how far.
Added some more clouds and some background mountains.
It Can be frustrating to try to capture the color of the painting on film. It looks.completely different depending which lights I use. But this is how much I have finished so far.
You can see my little house way up high. Below is my latest work on the picture. I will give it a name soon and re-title this blog.
I'm pretty much finished here. just a little this and that. But I'm pretty satisfied. I think it's saying what I wanted. It really was a lot of work to do such a large work but I'm glad I did.
I think this is a final. Maybe.
Campfire Magic is just sketched. I will work on this for a while. it's a picture of my 4 grandsons at Yellowstone campground. I enjoyed this vacation with them. I so hoped they would remember me here when they thought about me and reflected on childhood memories. The picture is for myself or family so it will only get attention when I have time. I'll keep you posted on its progress. It's an acrylic which I painted a black gesso background to start with. it's sketched in white charcoal.
Thought I would share a little info with you. I like to paint with both acrylic and oil. Each for different reasons.
Oils blend beautifully and can make the most beautiful transitions between dark and light. It does some of the work for you if you blend properly. But you must wait some time to dry your pictures. It tacks up in hours, it will dry to the touch in day or so depending on how thickly you applied the paint, and it will dry completely in 6 months.
You really have to know your colors and hues to blend acrylic. It is very easy to go too dark or too light and then find you don't have a subtle transition. However if you want to paint right over it you can because it will dry so quickly. It does not require special cleaner for brushes so you are not using toxic chemicals.
I did this picture in oil and used a technique which I could not have used with acrylic. First I painted my whole canvas a reddish brown. Then used a rag to remove paint. Basically I was using my hands not a brush to wipe away paint. I wiped off sky and water leaving dark areas that would eventually be my bushes and shadows. You can not wipe away acrylic like this. With acrylic I would have scumbled in the layer lightly, waited a few minutes for it to dry and then began laying down a darker front layer.
Below shows the next step. I blocked in color from sky down. I added color to the main structures that would be in the painting.
In the picture below I added a little shadow and dark reflection here and there. I fluffed up some areas to show bushes.
The grass area below shows a major difference when using oil paint. I am able to remove paint and scrape out grasses and twigs with a firm brush. I would have to paint them in with acrylic. Which I have no desire to do. With acrylic I would have scumbled in the area and picked out a few grasses to define. Then left my viewers to fill in the blanks in their minds. Which is a fine technique. But with oil I am able to make it look as though I spent days picking out grass when in fact it only took a short time.
Below is the final picture. I used my knife to make thick reflections in the water. I added pink to my water to soften the reflections of the dark green. Red being green's complimentary color. There is some blue and lavender here and there to compliment the orange and yellow. Your eye will seek this out to make sense of the world even if you don't realize it.
Anyway this picture "Cross Bayou", is for sale on my Art store page. And it is featured on my Gallery page 3. Hope you enjoyed my blog today. Comments are welcome and enjoyed.
My name is Kathy C Jenkins. I am the proud owner of artbykathycJenkins.com. It's a website which is on it's way to completion. I have such a passion for art I had to find a way to reach people and let them know I'm out here.
Soon I will start blogging about all kinds of things in the art world. I will try to include pictures of my paintings as I make my way through the creative journey of making a painting.
I work with oil, acrylic, water color, and china paint. I paint on almost any surface. Most of the time it's paper or canvas.
I am excited to share with all of you and hope to learn much from you as well. Look for my blogs starting soon.
Kathy C Jenkins
Art is new, exciting, and rewarding each and every day. Weather I use oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil, or any other medium I thoroughly immerse myself in the experience. Each piece is an individual, an original. I am proud of my growth as an artist and would love to share my passion with you. Hope you enjoy my blogs.