Painting Idea—Rte 276, Cross Keys

I drive this road so many times I keep seeing ideas for paintings along it. This one is traveling south, somewhere between Mt. Crawford and Cross Keys—a single white barn against the skyline with its eave vent slats, a row of winter deciduous and conifer trees also against the sky, cold grey rumpled cloud-cover, very soft, no edges, and a scrubby sloping field, with the remains of last year's corn stubble and vague indications of rows. Not a big painting, maybe 20x30.


Cow & Trucks, Cont'd

I was able to put in two 5-hour sessions at the Beverley Street Studio School on this, with invaluable advice from the instructor Jeff Stockberger. I think the direction has been set correctly, and I can finish this in my studio with a clear idea of the path to follow.


"Rte. 276, Mt. Crawford" Cont'd

The third five-hour session on this painting continued today at the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton, VA. The canvas is covered, with mainly dark colors. Today I will begin introducing midtone and highlight colors, also textures: unfocused in the distance, more in-focus toward the foreground. This is where I began the session.


Photographing Paintings

I use a Nikon 3100 digital SLR camera and controlled lighting — mainly flourescent "natural" light bounced off the white ceiling — to produce .jpeg files for exhibition applications. I mount the paintings on my H-frame easel to insure they are perfectly vertical to the camera.


"Rte 276, Mt. Crawford"

A new 'Indirect Oil Painting' studio class has begun at the Beverley Street Studio School, and I began painting the landscape scene I had previously photographed from my car while driving up to visit with my grandsons. I had already messed with the composition and sketched the thing in, so I could jump right in with color-mixing a mousy brown/grey palette and begin laying down the general shapes and values. The photo shows this painting process about halfway through. I tend to start at the top and work my way down, so the road and roadsides haven't been touched yet. I decided on including a house in the middle distance as well.


Upcoming Plein Air Landscape Class

I signed up for this weekend workshop class at the Beverley Street Studio School next month. Having never ever done it before, I had to purchase most of the materials - portable field easel, primed masonite panels, etc. Let's see what kind of fool I can make of myself!


"Rte. 276"

Oil on canvas, 30 x 20", the first sketch, in burnt sienna and charcoal. This will be the first painting I do in the upcoming Winter session of the BSSS Indirect Oil Painting studio class.


"Two Pumpkins" Reframed

Larkin Arts in Harrisonburg, VA is having a juried gallery exhibition in late January, and I decided to submit this. I also decided to reframe it, and here is the newly constructed frame, made from #2 pine, still needing a stain and varnish.