MEDIOCHRE ART

A diary of my crumby painting studies.

Money Plant
March 5, 2021
Money Plant

This Chinese Money Plant was a gift from a dear friend. I decided to paint this little study as a gift for her birthday. That’s going to be my new thing to motivate me to paint more often and let go of some of my work finally. 

Details

Time: 2 hrs
Surface: 4×6 canvas paper
Palette: Limited (phthalo blue, cadmium red medium, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow lemon and titanium white)
jay peak summit painting
jay peak summit vertical sketch
Still Life
jay peak summit vertical sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite
The Pear
March 5, 2021
The Pear

Feeling like I need more color work so I’ve decided to begin creating more still lives. Here’s my first of a simple pear. 

Details

Time: 1 hr
Surface: 4×6 canvas paper
Palette: Limited (phthalo blue, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow lemon and titanium white)
jay peak summit painting
jay peak summit vertical sketch
Value Sketch
jay peak summit vertical sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite
jay peak summit horizontal sketch
Still Life Photo
Blue Mountains
July 29, 2020
Blue Mountains

Class Work – I had a bit of fun with this one. While there are a few things that really aren’t working like the mountain colors and foreground strokes in the water, I feel like my values were pretty good. Overall I fell like I had some success with my rocks finally. 

Details

Time: 3 hrs
Surface: 5×7 Primed Canvas Board
Palette: Limited (ultramarine blue, cadmium red medium, yellow lemon and titanium white)
highland farm trail oil painting
highland farm trail photo
Unknown
highland farm trail sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite & Ink
highland farm trail horizontal sketch
Notan Sketch
Sunset Sailboat
July 29, 2020
Sunset Sailboat

Class Work – Working with some bright colors and reflections. I liked painting the sailboat  but the water water pretty tough.

Details

Time: 2 hrs
Surface: 4×6 primed oil paper
Palette: Limited (ultramarine blue, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow medium and titanium white)
highland farm trail oil painting
highland farm trail photo
Maine Sunset
highland farm trail sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite & Ink
Painting from Memory
July 22, 2020
Painting from Memory

Class Work – Sketch from a photo only using your sketch. No photo. The takeaway is to train your brain to remember what’s important. It’s helpful for when you’re looking back and forth between your scene and your painting. The more you remember, the more you can put down without looking away. You’ll become a more efficient painter which is most important when painting “en plein air”, a term used for painting on site. It’s important to record the scene as fast as possible before the light changes. I completed the study in the thumbnails below first and was bored with the colors and decided to ramp up the chroma for the final.

Details

Time: 4 hrs
Surface: 5×7 acrylic primed 1/4″ hardboard
Palette: Limited (ultramarine blue, cadmium red medium, hansa yellow and titanium white)
maine coastline painting
maine coastline photo
Maine Coastline
ink pen coastline sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite & Ink
maine coastline 2
First Oil Study
Jay Peak Summit
July 22, 2020
Jay Peak Summit

Every summer we have a good weekend with some newly Jay local friends and this is the summit of Jay Peak, Vermont. Always amazing views, funky everygreens and great rock formations.

Details

Time: 3 hrs
Surface: 6×8 oil primed linen paper
Palette: Limited (ultramarine blue, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow lemon and titanium white)
jay peak summit painting
jay peak summit photo
Jay Peak Summit, Vermont
jay peak summit vertical sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite & Ink
jay peak summit horizontal sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite & Ink
Red Barn
July 15, 2020
Red Barn

Class Work – A nice red barn landscape. Sketched this from a photo and got to try out my new oil primed linen paper. It’s like butter.  I was able to keep my focus, which was on the barn, and tone back the unimportant details.

Details

Time: 3.5 hrs
Surface: 6×8 oil primed linen paper
Palette: Limited (ultramarine blue, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow lemon and titanium white)
red barn landscape painting
red barn photo
Red Barn, Vermont
red barn value sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite & Ink
red barn notan
Notan Sketch (3-4 major values)
Hosmer Seaside Residence
July 8, 2020
Hosmer Seaside Residence

I recently joined the Kittery Art Assocation. They host a weekly event through the summer, where local properties open to members to paint “en plein air”. This was actually only my second time painting on site and it’s really hard. I’m not happy with this at all but I learned that I needed to be more organized and thoughtful with my strokes. It takes a lot of focus and this wasn’t my day but it was a beautiful place to be. 

Check out her 115 acre property...it’s amazing.

Details

Time: 1 hr
Surface: 5×7 acrylic primed hardboard
Palette: Limited (ultramarine blue, cadmium red light, hansa yellow and titanium white)
hosmer shed painting
hosmer property shed photo
Hosmer Property – York, ME
hosmer property shed horizontal sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite & Ink
hosmer property shed vertical sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite & Ink
Snowy Farmhouse
July 8, 2020
Snowy Farmhouse

Class Work – A snowy country farmhouse. Learning how to control my greens and keep things simple.

Details

Time: 3 hrs
Surface: 5×7 acrylic primed hardboard
Palette: Limited (ultramarine blue, alizarin perm., hansa yellow and titanium white)
snowy farmhouse oil painting
snowy farmhouse photo
Reference Photo, unknown
snowy farmhouse design sketch
Design Sketch, Graphite & Ink
snowy farmhouse value painting
Value Study in Oils

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