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Monday, September 18, 2023

Outside Huge Sketches

Items for this Hunt by Ned are adjectives.  On the list were "outside" and "huge".  Gene rode his trike on this lovely cool morning and I walked to the first bench toward the westerly lake.  It is about a 10 minute stroll and then I sketched for about 30 minutes and walked back.  

Number 4, outside - looking across the lake and highway.  There is a low boardwalk type bridge there.  The water should be up near the bridge and at my feet when the lake is full.  Our 2 inches of rain didn't raise the water enough to notice.

Number 5, huge - the Loblolly pines.  I guess them to be 50+ feet tall.  Gene felled a dead one at the other house and we estimated it to be 80 feet, we almost got the porch!  

And the photos:

For Hunt 84

Sketching and painting from life is very good to train the eye.  You see color in the shadows.  In photos the deep shadows look black and there is not much depth.  In a painting there are ways to show the depth.  To show atmosphere in the distance you can add blue and gray it a bit so it doesn't compete with the foreground.  Middle ground the colors are still a bit cool without much detail.  Red looks washed out and dull.  In the foreground the items become warmer and larger.  You can overlap items.  Also things in a row get smaller as they recede.

You might like to look at this post from several years ago.  I gave a demo and wrote about the elements of a good painting.


Joan Tavolott said...

I always enjoy your outdoor sketches. Too bad the rain didn't help much. Our friend in Itasca got about 2 1/2 inches of rain and then the next day about 30 acres of their ranch up on their north end burned in what Wally called a "ten truck fire."

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Joan. Wow, the fires have been bad. They extended the burn ban for 6 more weeks at least. Lightening, downed trees and stupid people throwing out cigarettes seem to be the biggest causes. Sigh.

John (JWJarts) said...

Great sketches as always Jo.

Jo Castillo said...

John, thanks so much. Need to get painting!

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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