Saturday, March 03, 2012

Fifth Time's a Charm?

Fifth Time's a Charm, 5x7, oil on board
I recently agreed to participate in a challenge posted on Studio Notes by Terry Miura. It was a 'Simplify! City Challenge' using Terry's photo. I attempted it five times before I was happy with the result.

I recently purchased some Mi Teintes Touch pastel paper. I really had a tough time using it. I generally don't like sanded pastel papers, and thought that the texture of this paper would be the perfect surface. I tried 4 different styles and techniques, but still was unhappy and didn't want to submit any to Terry's challenge.

So, out came the oils. I had painted a piece earlier in the day, and still had some paint on the palette and wanted to use it up. I quickly laid down some basic shapes in a loose manner, then brought out the palette knife instead of a brush.

first pass in loose manner
After working on the design all week long, I decided to just simplify the buildings on the left and make it one building in the distance with trees in front. At first, I felt it was a cop-out because it was an architectural challenge and I removed most of the buildings, but then realized my job was to simplify the buildings and make it into a pleasant composition. I think I accomplished that!

5 comments:

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

I like the outcome of this painting challenge and how you've really simplified.... and a palette knife no less. I really like the light in this one, kinda a moody blue.

Also .... come on !!! ..... 4 pochade boxes??? *giggle How fun to have one for any occasion. I'm looking forward to having a little warmer weather so I can get out and use mine. Its starting to warm up some now but we are having a lot of wind.

Nancy said...

Tee Hee - yes - 4. My big Guerrilla box is setup with my pastels, the tiny 5x7 Guerrilla pocket box is for a simple get-up and go occasion, the newest EasyL Prochade is for my trips via airplane, and the bigger EasyL works really well when I am working in the studio...

Weather here is not quite warm enough for painting outside yet. The winter has been really mild though - hardly any snow.

Maria said...

Nancy,
Your struggles really paid off. I like this a lot...great job! Love the palette knife loose effect...

Nancy said...

Thank you Maria!

gopher said...

I, too, love the outcome of this painting. The composition and richness of colors is a joy.