Monday, September 19, 2016
A painting that I created many years ago was done in oil paint. I had found the photo of this church in a New Mexico magazine. The photo in the magazine was a small one and it didn't stop me from trying to capture the feeling of the building. The stucco walls and the roof construction really fascinated me and the decorated carved doors accented this building. The one modern window above the door seems to be contradictory to the style of everything but utilitarian practices usually win out when you need to replace a window.. Playing with the light on the building and adding stones and greens gave the painting better color balance. One could never know if the sun is rising or if it is setting. The shadows are so great to add the dimensional qualities to bring it closer to realism. The photo quality is bad on the right side of the painting as there is not white areas in the sky of the real work.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
As I started to paint in oil I would find small pictures in travel magazines to copy. This photo probably was a 2 inch by 3 inch photo. I picked it because of its colors and also the French church that was in the photo. Oil paint allows an artist to blend colors so uniquely having gradual value and color changes. I see that I did this back in 1987 when I had started to paint many things during my summer break.