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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring Sage--mid-morning


Yesterday in the mid morning, out painting to learn to deal with sage brush. I had a great time, and now feel a bit better about it and will do more. There is so much to learn using these oils. I did use a small palette of primaries on a burnt sienna toned ground. I do want to get more color into the brush, but this is a good start. So interesting learning these new things, I. E. color mixing - -catching the light--recession,---and even local color--as well as foregrounds!!!  Thanks goodness it's fun!  Hope you are all painting!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Painting at the ranch - -with a group from Tahoe

I  am sorry to say I forgot my camera this fun day, so didn't get pictures of all the busy painters that came out for the morning to paint as a group with David Russo, who teaches many art disciplines at Tahoe. Lots of watercolorists came, and a very interesting painter who used dyes and silk!!  Her work was beautiful when she was done, even putting in one of our old retired bulls! I think all enjoyed the morning, my painting friend from Silver Springs, Nv. came out and did a great pastel. Again, no camera, so I could show her work.  It was of lilacs and milk cans! I did this old car, that was in the brush, which was my main focus--Brush!  Unfortunately, I mainly looked at the car and the brush just is still a problem. I am trying  oils, and mixing from a split-primary palette  and get using to mixing this way.  No black at all on my palette, but its so easy to mix a dark.  I will continue to work out my sagebrush problems!  There is plenty around to paint from! Happy painting all.  




Monday, March 30, 2015

2015------been out panting a little

Now its the end of March 2015, and thats just amazing to me.  Time flies, no matter what.  Not much of a winter for the west this year, even in our area just below Lake Tahoe on the Sierra Crest.  We really need the water, and this year will be a trial. But have been painting---practicing with Oils, a medium I hardly use.  I have learned to enjoy pastels so much for Plein Air painting, while I know Oils are supposedly easier.  In so many ways they are, but there are some area's they take a bit more care or supplies to make things easier.  Like wet panel carriers, or a good turps container, but all in all , things can be down sized easily for taking out in the field.  Just all a learning curve, and I finally got a great pochade box and tri-pod - - -both by Sienna Plein Air.   I do think these things are nice and easy to use.
So . . . . ..  here are 3 recent efforts.  The first one is done indoors from a notan in one of my sketch books - -done to get into things.

This one is a bit bright---learning to mix from my chosen palette of a split-primary set of paints. Ater this I went out one late PM, and tried using pastels to get the light and shadow patterns as the sun went down behind the mountain on the home ranch. I managed to get this , in pastels.
  and so wanted to try it with oils.  The sun is in the south , the end of February - -and you can see, no snow - -its so odd for us as we are normally pretty buried with it in Feb.!
  Again I see I got my mixes quite bright - -even tho I know the cammera does push the blues . This was oils, a few weeks later in the same place. I painted fast as I was interrupted  quite a bit. So odd as I don't really see to many folks normally! This was mostly done on site, with some added after much thinking later.  I will do this again on site and hope for better results.
  This last one was done mid-morning in Hope Valley---again just for me to learn to mix from my palette a bit faster and hopefully more accurately.  I see many errors, but will continue in order to learn - - -  -but I do like my pastels at this point better!!!   So all for now - -hope  you are all happily painting.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Just a couple weeks ago



Just a couple weeks ago, My good pastel artist friend Carole Karsh  drove out to our place from Dayton. Nev.  Her and her puppy. Dude, walked with me and my painting partner, Ruby.  We went North of the ranch toward views of Mt's and Bluff's, Sky and clouds.  We carried our stuff in backpacks and were quite comfortable. It still hasn't stormed much here, and our scenes were quite Nevada Hi-dessert stuff.   We spent a couple of nice hours painting different scenes  that included this bluff. Depending on where you stood it seemed like a large world.   Hope to keep this up thru out the winter months.  Hope it snows.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014



I  did get some Plein-air's  painted this summer - - -- but posting was hard as I lost my P C..  Now I  have a new one and am trying to get caught up.  It really was a great summer, cooler than most, and very nice days.  I can't believe its Sept all ready!!  This is the first one I did for a practice  right at my drive-way one morning.       After that , it was in April that the plein-air painters from Tahoe came down for the morning in April.  There were 21 painters at the ranch on Foothill road!!    I quickly joined them, and did  rough one of the old barn.
  


This one is on  pastel card by senniliar and I used a turpinoid under wash.  Its small, and the shadows went fast!   It was a fun morning, all the people were so nice


I will just load the next ones that I did this summer and end there.  The next one was in June, on a stormy morning .  Lots of fun!  I do hope to get some this fall , when all the color begins!!  Happy Painting.

  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello all.

> So Sorry I haven.t been posting anything - - -had to get a new computer and have not figured it out yet!! What a pain this is--have been painting and will get back to you all ---keep painting !

Friday, November 1, 2013

 This painting is in the late P.M., looking to the north from the ranch on "Foothill - - a scene that is dramatically beautiful each day.
This is a fall scene in Hope Valley. 9 x 12

One from th summer's Plein-air event in Markleeville, painting done in early a. m. in Hope Valley

A summer sketch done in one of our pastures, late August P. M.


Theses are my most recent paintings this year.  Fall was beautiful, and long lasting in our area.  Even today, Nov 1, began as a golden peaceful day!   The shadows on the ranch where I live on the hills, across the valley, as the sun comes over the mt.s from the East are amazing in the mornings.  I will try them one day, but for now, I just love looking at them!!  I do hope to do some winter paintings with snow this year, now all we need is the snow!