He will be holding these daily webinars through Dec 22, along with live videos of painting demos on Sundays (I believe). Here is a link to his artwork, and for anyone interested in attending the webinars through Dec 22, here is the link to his cyber art learning website. Click on the yellow bus to register for and join the webinar (starts at 5 p.m. EST). Follow the instructions for registering, and you're in.
In the meantime, I have been cogitating on what to begin as my next series. I kept coming back to the photos I took during our Thanksgiving trip, so I decided that they will be the basis for the new series, which I've informally titled "Southwestern Skies".
The emphasis will be on the clouds and the patterns and abstracted shapes they form in conjunction with the desert landscape of southern NM and northern AZ. No particular order - just what suits my fancy at the moment. These all have one thing in common: Drama. Uncertainty. Nothing cozy or predictable.
Clear Skies Ahead
oil on canvas panel
There is definitely a challenge to working wet-in-wet with abrupt value changes, such as those of the highlighted cloud edges against the sky. It's also a challenge to prevent mechanical, contrived edges and produce nice abstract shapes with melodic lines, as Johannes says. Experimenting with a different palette here - Indian red, purple lake, cad. orange, yellow ochre and ultramarine blue, with titanium white. I will probably re-work the clouds and reduce their value; it's a bit too close to the land, and see if I can get improved edges by drybrushing the edges.
And - some sunsets from a few days ago:
|Dec 9 - pink cumulus gang|
|Dec 10 - to the northwest|
|Dec 10 - over Perins Peak|