|"September Evening, Rosslyn", 12x9 oil on linen panel|
Small Works exhibits are on the horizon and besides my plein air paintings to choose from I like to use these shows as an opportunity to try out new approaches and ideas. We have been having some beautiful evenings with color saturated atmosphere almost too intense to make a good painting. I decided to attempt a painting where I pushed the color as close to what I was experiencing as I could without becoming garish. It is not as easy as you think. I suppose for some I have already pushed it too far. In any case I am pleased with this little painting of one of my favorite views. I am looking across the Potomac from a boat house on the DC shore to Rosslyn Virginia on the other side. Long time readers will recognize this scene as I have painted it several times in different seasons. I have to say that September is the month that provides the most memorable moments for me there.
I have been asked whether or not I tone my canvases and if so, what color do I prefer. The answer is yes, I prefer to paint on toned canvas or panels but I do paint on white when I am doing a very high key painting. I tend not to do many of them as you probably already know. The color I use depends on the weather, time of year or just plain whim. When painting evening/nocturne paintings I tend to use ochre mixed with a bit of purple to dull the yellow a little. Actually, the three colors I use in various combinations are ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and yellow ochre. The painting above was painted on a mauve color created by a combination of those three colors. For bright day paintings, particularly in the summer, I use just a wash of cadmium orange on the white panel. I let some of it show through to enhance the feeling of sunlight. It is fun to experiment with underpaintings!
"September Evening, Rosslyn" is one of four paintings I will have on exhibit at American Paintings Fine Art for the annual Small Treasures there. I will announce dates soon and will post the pieces I will exhibit.
ON THE HORIZON:
"Timeless Traditions, Today's Landscapes" at Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. October 8th through November 1st.
American Artists Professional League 86th Grand National Exhibit, at the Salmagundi Club, NYC from
November 10th to November 21st
More information about those will follow in future posts.