I have been caught up doing other things and not painting lately - save for the single plein air piece - and it's been bothering me. I need to sit down and write out a schedule for myself to paint and/or draw every day. Really, there is no excuse. You don't improve by merely "thinking" about painting.
So, last night, I finally plugged in my flash drive into the studio laptop and decided to just *do something*, painting-wise.
These were the two results. Both are done from shots taken in Pennsylvania on the day we left. It is late afternoon, although the first one looks more like a sunset, it's really the dramatic effect of the sun partially hidden by a large cloud. The colors were wonderful, but the camera never quite captures them...esp. when I am shooting from inside a moving car.
I did a small value study/composition sketch in pencil for this, leaving out some trees and adjusting the slope so it wasn't heading in the same direction as the cloud angle. Otherwise, the goal was fast and loose for both of these. They weren't planned as keepers, so they aren't on fancy paper.
Late Afternoon - Pennsylvania
9x11" - #320 sandpaper
The second was done from a really blurry photo of a field. I liked the abstracted shapes and simple colors - the sky was overcast. The really bad photo ended up being just perfect for an abstracted landscape. Stratus clouds (low-lying clouds, aka "fog") filled the sky, and mist added to the aerial perspective. It's in contrast to the above image.
I probably did this in 15-20 min. at most. It is on black Artagain paper, which is what I use when I am not wanting to commit to a painting. As usual, its smooth surface doesn't allow for much blending or layering, but that's okay. The foreground slope had some type of vegetation on it - probably wildflowers and such - but in the photo, they are merely blurred colors. I liked that, so I did the same on this painting. I just started pulling colors out - whatever suited my fancy - and went for it.
Pennsylviania Field #1
Now that I've hopefully broken out of my non-painting rut with these studies, I can now settle down and do some more purposeful paintings on some better paper with more planning. I wasn't in the mood to do that last night, but these paintings were just what I had in mind.