Foggy Morning at Mendenhall

This is another 10×8 oil of Mendenhall Glacier. I love this view from a large stream up the road as you approach the Glacier. There is often fog here and sometimes you can only catch a glimpse of the glacier itself, but it is very interesting to me when it is like this. There are always wonderful reflections in the areas of water around the glacier and this is one in particular that I like because of all the dead trees in the water, giving it a nice textural quality. As a note though, I find these trees extremely difficult to paint. I have found them very challenging. So in order to overcome this, I will be painting them quite a lot for practice ( =

Ice Reflections

In this 8×10 painting, I really wanted to push the warmth in the bushes to contrast all the cold in this scene. That part went pretty well, but I really struggled with the reflections in the ice. This is how it looks after 3 attempts at getting it right. At this point I have decided to let it dry before I do it again. It kind of amazes me sometimes, the things I struggle with. It certainly isn’t predictable. I am hoping that I can get it right on the fourth go round. we shall see. ¬†Anyone with helpful tips here is welcome to chime in ( =

Juneau, AK miniatures

More of my series of Juneau, AK in miniature. I decided these photograph better when I put them in groups of 4 and do not have to get so close to them. Each one of these is just an every day scene in Juneau. It is a small community and the mountains are in your face no matter where you go. It is such a gorgeous place! And I really love the low winter light. It is wonderful for filming or painting.

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These are all the same mountains that surround the Mendenhall glacier, but each from a different part of town. It is almost like you cannot get away from it. These views are everywhere!

Juneau, AK in Miniature

I’m finding that it is not only fun to paint in miniature but it is still a good way to learn and practice. I still have to work on what details to leave out and consider all the same composition rules. But I can play with color without much investment if it turns out to be a failure. There is very little investment at all whether it is financial or time. I am even finding that I would like to reproduce some of them in a larger scale. All around good practice. (These are each 2.5×3.5 inch)

Back to Basics

z left overs (60)I am actually quite taken with this little painting. There is something very pleasing about its simplicity. To try a painting using just one color is a great process for beginners. I even think that this practice is helpful for more advanced painters. This is useful In many ways… like helping one to recognize the values in the painting. After doing this you could more easily adjust your values to emphasize different areas of interest or intensity. This can also help one to see the unnecessary details of their subject. This is also good practice for how one might do an underpainting of their subject. Many artists will do a complete, thinned down, two tone painting like this before they add their color. That way they can concentrate on adding color without thinking about the value as well. This is often helpful when the subject matter has a lot of detail. But this is not a necessity, just a matter of preference. I have done some of these underpaintings and found them very helpful. But there are many times that I just want to be more spontaneous.

(as a side note, this post should have come before the last one) I would be interested to hear about anyone else’s experience with this process as well.