Archive for August, 2012

28
Aug
12

A look at the lake

There is a beautiful, shallow lake nearby my house, bordered on one side by a road which provides lovely views by car. A couple weeks ago I set out on my bike to find a spot from which to paint, knowing that might be difficult since the lake is surrounded by mostly private land. As it turned out, there was just ONE lake view I was able to find without trespassing, alongside the public boat launch. So be it.

01
Aug
12

Value study

When I was up in Grand Marais last weekend, I took a class in Outdoor Painting at the Grand Marais Art Colony taught by the landscape painter Neil Sherman. Neil taught us his variation of the Prismatic Palette and some formal, basics of developing paintings by blocking in dark values. I struggled mightily to overcome my fear of using black paint after years of being taught that it’s a no-no, and produced several clumsy attempts to emulate Neil’s process.

When I got home yesterday, I went over to Tamarack Nature Center down the street to practice. Given some time to sink into the process outside of class, I was feeling a lot more comfortable with a wider range of values by the end of the day.

01
Aug
12

Wood’s Creek

Last week I was up in Grand Marais vacationing. Everywhere one turns there is material for inspiration, including along the many hiking trails. Along the Superior Hiking Trail you can follow Wood’s Creek, a lovely, meandering stream that runs into Devil Track River. I did this painting there as the afternoon light was fading.




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