Thursday, June 11, 2015

Museum of California Missions

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Will even thou it is still Spring it feels more like Summer here in Waxahachie Texas with the tempt in the high 90's. I am finding out that as I am get older my body dose not deal with the heat like it use too, so for me this is the best time to kick on the air conditioner and head in my studio to paint... 



For sometime now I have been wanted to paint all historical 21 Ca Missions. I did start painting a few but because of family obligations I never fulfilled that dream until this last month when I pick up my brush and started painting the missions again.  


This painting is where the first mission of Ca was started. To learn more about the first mission go too:      
http://www.missionsandiego.org/visit/history/  And https://www.sandiegohistory.org/serra_museum.html  
             
A few years ago I painted the the Junipero Serra Museum in Presidio Park in San Diego, Ca. but I knew I could do better. So I waited and learn and then came the day that I would try again. 


Stage 1. I tented my 8" X 10" stretch canvas a light gray. Next I sketch in my drawing... I paint with Acrylic so my sky is a mixture of Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White... Next the dome is Titanium White with a touch of Ultramarine Blue... The building is again Titanium White with a tad of Yellow Oxide as well as the arches. The dark area is a tad of Ultramarine Blue and Ivory Black.


Stage 2. Here in the inside of the arches I lay a pal blue background that I use for the sky... In the walk way I painted a layer of Naphthol Crimsom while adding touches of Burnt Umber. While the paint was still wet I blended the two with out losing the brown in the red. Always put your darkest to the back (more brown and less red) and work  your way forward brighten up your walkway with more red and less brown... the trees I put a base of Burnt Umber, next I add a touch of Ultramarine Blue to the tree, then I added a touch of Titanium White to Burnt Umber and again a touch of Ultramarine Blue to add to the tree once again building up the bark of the tree. Remember that trees are not just brown, white or yellow but they have different colors in them... The bushes, ground and the leaves on the tree I put a base of Sap Green and let it dry. Next I took Ultramarine Blue and Cad Yellow Medium to make different colors of green. For a high light I added Cad Yellow Medium straight from the tub. Remember to leave sky holds in your tree... 



Stage 3. Here you can see inside the arches. I use the same color as the sky but I darken the first arch and as I went down I just keep lighting them up... I added the second tree to the right side of the painting and add high lights to the main trees but something was not right but what? Not until I took a photo of the painting did the light bub go on...Can you see what I did wrong? 

I had make a rookie mistake and I could not believe I made it...

If you look I have two light source ( Go up to the last pick to see). The doom and the trees.  
Stage 4. Here I have the light source coming from the Right.  
Stage 5. When it should be coming from the Left. 
So I had to darken my large trees with Sap Green to push them back into the shadows while my small tree is in the light. I also had to change the light source on the doom. as you see here.I also added some more shadows on the building and straighten out the building just a tad. 


Stage 6.
Here is my finish painting {.*u*.}



      Until next time, Happy Creating and God Bless

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

My walk with Plein Air

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I want to talk a little more about my walk with Plein Air.  

I have watch hours of Plein Air on YouTube, read books, talk to artist but never really got what it's like to paint as an Plein Air until I moved to Texas. 

When I live in Southern California I join a Plein Air group and got a taste of the life style but obligation with family and gas prices kept me from leaving my studio.   
Since we have move to Tx I have join other Plein Air group and again got the taste of the life style as a Plein Air artist. 

I have found that you can watch all the YouTube video, read  all the books, talk to all the artist you can but never really experiences the sun on your face or rain, the wind in your hair, the view a head of you, all the colors that you don't see in a photo, the smells in the air, the bug bits, the birds singing their songs, etc...

Oh it is like being in other world that only you and your creator are experiencing at that moment.

Here are a few of my Plein Air painting.

This one I painted in April at the Bluebonnet Park in Ennis, Tx 
I sat at a picnic table to paint with a black bird call a Crackle
 dancing around me looking for something to eat while a cool breeze came thru the trees and kept us cool.


This painting I did in May in a little town call Maypearl, Tx. I had gotten all of my gear pack and ready (so I thought) the night before and loaded it all up in my car but when I got to the place I wanted to paint I found out that I had forgotten some of my gear back home but I learn to made the best of it. 
That day the wind started blowing around noon and the sun was in my eyes most of the time that I was painting but again I made the best of it.
        

This is the Historic Waxahachie Cemetery. I had spent the day painting around town and by the time I got here my arms and face was burnt and I was getting bit by bugs left and right. 
The wind and rain was starting to roll in I had to pack up all my gear. Once I moved into my car to paint I found that my view had change so I had to move up to other cemetery road to paint and this is what I found.


This painting is from my car. 
Oh what a challenge it was to paint in my car but fun. 

Now during this time I had did something that most beginners Plein Air artist would not do. I had sign up to place my art work into a jury show that had Signature artist, Masters, International artist and then their is little old me beginner. 

What I had found out is that these artist are the most friendly, supportive, informative, and with everyone I meet they would always find the positive in each others work including mine.     

Here are some of the painting that I place in the jury show  





If you have ever thought of trying Plein Air than I would tell you to 'Go For It'. There is nothing like it. 


   
      Until next time, Happy Creating and God Bless

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I am deeply grateful for your support, comments and 
business and a huge thanks to all of those who have recently purchased my paintings and ornaments. 

It means a lot to me.

Thanks once again for taking the time to read my blog.

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Do you have a wall that needs to be filled or perhaps 
replaced with an image that inspires you? Or a memory you 
would like captured? Than I would love to talk to you about
doing a commission painting for you.   

And thank you for 
your support, your love of art and for letting me sharing my 
journey with you.  If you have friends who would be 
interested in my work, please forward this blog on to 
them.

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work, please forward this blog on to them. And to 

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My blog: http://creationsbyjdfields.blogspot.com/     

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http://j-d-fields-.artistwebsites.com/ 

 j-d-fields-.pixels.com   

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