Posts Tagged ‘Alizarin Crimson’


Fish Creek Cottage

December 29, 2013
Fish Creek Cottage; Oil on Canvas 14" x 11"

Fish Creek Cottage; Oil on Canvas 14″ x 11″

I used sketches, a reference photo and a watercolor painting as a basis to create this work as an example for my oil painting students.

At class, I started by discussing the reference photo. The actual scene had numerous non-essential items such as a boat on a trailer and a grill. We discussed reducing the design to the simplest elements and adding back only those things that will help tell the story.

I had this design sketched onto my canvas and added some alizarin crimson to tone the canvas. I did a rough block-in, which left this painting in a mediocre mid-tone state. That is, although the students could see the painting coming together and could discern all of the elements, it was not polished. Lines were not straight and refined. Spots of the painting were a bit muddy. Extremes of values were non-existent. It was a painting but it was not art. Later, I added the refinements and punches to make the design pop.


River Reflections

October 10, 2013
River Reflections; Oil on Canvas 40" x 30"

River Reflections; Oil on Canvas 40″ x 30″

I utilized a plein air painting created earlier this summer to work this painting. I started by toning the canvas with a mottled wash of Alizaron Crimson. When applying the body color, I aimed to work with a soft touch to allow areas where the essence of the Alizaron Crimson is able to show through. Subtle, but it works. Adds warmth as well as depth to the blue of the sky and water and a nice complement to the green of the tree foliage.


Forest Path

August 12, 2013
Forest Path; Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Forest Path; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

Rainy day. Couldn’t get out to paint so I grabbed a painting from a couple years ago to see how my methods and style have changed. This one is definitely brighter. Started with a wash of Alizaron Crimson to take out the white of the canvas. Also adds a nice contrast to all of the green. Greater use of violet in this one.

Perhaps I should try it again in two years to see how much more my style has morphed.


Rock Cut Trail

January 29, 2012

Rock Cut Trail, Palette Knife Oil on Canvas 24" x 30"

I started this work using Magenta and Alizarin Crimson variations to lay in my drawing and block in the dark tones. These colors came through the subsequent applications of body color to some degree. Beautiful effects from the complementary colors – reds and greens.

After the initial brush work, all body color was applied utilizing palette knives. Tough work, but interesting effects. The refractions of light off of the uneven impasto applications of paint yield an interesting effect. I look forward to varnishing this work when it dries and hope to see this in a well lit gallery a installation. Or, better yet, a clients wall. That would be nice.


June Morn at Chapel Road

August 17, 2011

June Morn at Chapel Road, Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"

I created this painting in my studio, using sketches created in between rains during the Fields Project.

After doing an initial oil sketch on my canvas, I put a light wash of Alizarin Crimson in the sky. I love the way that the essence of the crimson comes through the body paint used in the sky. Works well with the greens of the foliage.


Plein Air – Lost Nation

August 9, 2011

Plein Air July 26 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air July 26 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

The Eagles Nest group planned to meet at a property south of Oregon. Well, it was closer to Dixon. It was a long ride for me.

The property had a couple buildings on it and an interesting stone house. But our ability to get an interesting view of the out buildings was limited and the view of the house alone just didn’t excite me. I walked around the property looking for a scene to paint and got a few reference photos. From the front yard, I had a nice view looking up the access road for the farm across the road. As I worked on my first painting, it occurred to me that this view would yield a good “longscape” (ex. 8″ x 16″). Unfortunately, I did not have one of these canvases with me.

I moved back to the entrance of this farm and worked on a view looking up the drive from the main road. Painting #2. I made a few modifications to the flowers to make it work. I did encounter a challenge when I went to add some Cadmium Red to my palette, and realized I had left the paint at home. I adjusted and incorporated Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange and Dioxazine Purple.