Monday, December 5, 2011
The Farm with a New Board
We decided to go out painting at Scotsdale farm for a December 1 outing. The forecast was for sun and 5C. They got the temperature right. I suggested we do a simple painting to focus on shapes and values since it was a grey day. We went to the remains of an old movie set and proceeded to set up for a three value subject with 4 shapes. Boring, but a good exercise. I had prepared another raw birch panel that had been sealed with two coats of clear colourless sealer. I thought the natural wood colour would be interesting to explore.
The Movie Set Shed
From the photo you could argue that there were 4 values. The sky, the dark opening and "shadows", the trees, bushes and ground. I saw a green, red, green, red pattern against the greys of the forest. Squinting, I saw the building and the forest as similar in value, but different in hue and temperature.
The Next Morning.....
A little disappointing in the morning. After being told "its done", I approached the easel to find the paint had disappeared into the thirsty board. In addition, I didn't like the composition. Apparently I need a better preparation for the raw birch. Then there is the decision regarding the painting of the exercise. Work on it or prepare it for the fire?
I oiled it in to get the feeling of the original wet paint on the board. It looked like this.
What to do?
It is not unusual to return from a plein air session and find the work needs more work to get it into shape to meet the requirements of the original concept. Given my original concept of an exercise, I decided to work on other paintings that have a destination. Maybe on a rainy day........