Friday, July 27, 2012

"Late Blaze"

"Late Blaze" - Oil on Canvas on Panel - 6" x 8"

"California's coastal residents are recipients of a light show each evening, especially if the sky has clouds to provide variety and contrast.  One becomes aware of the stages of the sunset when the sky transitions from green to gold to orange to red. This is the gold stage." --- SFG


Small paintings are more direct and less encumbered with detail, as is this small seascape. Making many starts, especially if you use a brush larger than you would normally choose, focuses the painter's attention on the essentials of composition, values, and color.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

"Coastal Haze" -- Oil on Museum Quality Panel -- 6" x 8"

"Coastal Haze" - Oil - 6" x 8"

"This wonderful effect came about because of the sun's struggle to bore through the moist air of the California coast. This lovely scene is north of Cambria, near San Simeon and Hearst Castle." --- SFG


Painting on location is difficult when everything is perfect. The birds are singing, the sky is clear, and even the clouds don't move. Catching an atmospheric effect is even more difficult.

When something that is the main premise of the painting, as was the indistinct background in this field sketch, is present, quickly reduce everything else to its simplest form and paint the effect as it relates to those large notes. Then, you can return to the other elements to add as much emphasis as you like.