Posts Tagged ‘Dioxazine Purple’


Guirl’s Outbuilding

September 25, 2018

Guirl’s Outbuilding – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 9″ x 12″

Made a visit to a ceramics workshop a few miles east of Rockford. The workshop and shop are in a renovated barn. The owner gave permission to paint on their property. Many, many possibilities. Spent about a half hour walking the main part of the compound making quick pen sketches and taking some reference photos. Decided to do a quick watercolor painting to make the trip worthy and then back to my studio to ponder future designs at this site.

This is the old chicken coop. No chickens around anymore. The background was done wet on dry. That is, I started on dry paper by painting left to right the tree, then some sky, gently touching the tree. Continued across the paper. This process allowed me to somewhat control the flow of the green into the blue and create a soft transition between the trees and sky. This gives an effect of atmospheric perspective.


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.


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.