Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Morning Line Up

Here is where I put paintings when I am finished for the day.  They get to reside in these frames temporarily as I go into critique mode.  The critique is an important part of a painting.  Nothing turns out exactly as planned, at least my paintings do not.  They seem to take on a life of their own and my job turns from painter to finding problems and resolving them.

The painting on the left is only a rough draft and the colors and composition are simply glazed in.  Next will come the taming of nature's chaos and ultimately, hopefully, a finished work of art.

The other two painting are finished paintings from a plein air outing yesterday.  Also peaking through are some other plein air works that maybe are not going to make the cut, but much was learned from the effort of painting them.  They get to peak through with little hints of the day.

I am amazed how paintings start stacking up as the summer progresses.  I hope that these hints of summer will provide much in the way of larger more developed works this winter, when summer is long past, the memories will come forth, and I can paint from these little gems of reference.


Adriana Meiss said...

Hi Donna, from reading previous posts I assume these are oils. Do you find it easier to finish a painting in one session with oils?
Also, do you basically follow the same process with oils as you do with pastels (block in, etc.)?

I like your idea of framing a painting for critique. I'll do that from now on as I can see how it could make one take that step more seriously.

Donna Van Tuyl said...

Hi Adriana. I do enjoy your paintings very much. So pleased to have you look.

I experienced a big breakthrough the other day...I was painting in oil, but thinking in pastel. It was amazing to be able to think in terms of what the painting needs and not the struggle of paint and brush. So my answer is that I hope to transitions from oil to pastel and back again, and allow my thoughts to solve the problems with pigment, value, etc. Mastering mixing paint and using a brush is more natural now and so I can think about the important stuff.

I have been doing watercolor or oil to block in color for pastel paintings. So the blocking in is the same. Then working thin to thick and dark to light.

Donna Van Tuyl said...

Oops, in answer to your first question. I get about the same amount work done in one session as in pastel. It seems that I work a painting so far and then need to think about things. I look to see where I am for a day and then go back another day to finish. If I complete either an oil or a pastel in one session it is rare. I usually go back for some reason or another.