6-29-22 - Wednesday morning. On the Guilford Green. We found a nice shady spot. Very buggy- good thing I had bug spray in the car.
Steve chose a pathway with a park bench and street lamps to feature. I selected these three buildings on Whitfield Street. The red building was once the Greene Art Gallery and is now a Real Estate office, the small middle building is a cute little gift shop called Rock Paper Sista's and the third is a residential home. The red building adds a fun pop of color to a predominantly green landscape painting.
- canvas size: 12 x 16 panel
- mixed a yellow ochre and alizarin crimson tone to cover canvas.
- sketched in the main shapes with burnt umber and small round brush - long handle in order measure distances and angles
Largest shapes first - blue sky, green background foliage, green shadow in foreground and green sun-lit grass.
-next tree trunks, buildings, cars
-last - tree foliage that overlaps buildings
- Overlapping elements: the center tree overlaps the little yellow building.
- Contrasting values: the strong dark trunk of the tree is right next to the bright sun-light yellow building bringing your attention to this adorable structure.
- Simplify subject and enhancement: There were many more cars in front but I selected the ones I wanted to paint in and I added the Kayak on the roof of the middle vehicle to add a playful summer feel to this piece.
-Complementary colors: Colors directly across from each other on the color wheel are complementary colors: Red - to Green - Blue to Orange - Violet/Purple to Yellow.
I try to add a pop of red into a mostly dominate green landscape. Red is the complement of green on the color wheel. In this case the red of the building was highly saturated or intensity - other times the red can be a dull brownish red/orange
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Connecticut Plein Air Painters join the Worldwide Paint Out- Friday and Saturday, September 10-11, 2021 at Hammonasset Beach, Madison, CT
Painted en plein air on Friday Sept 10 and finished on Saturday September 11, 2021 - The Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society (CPAPS) join together with the International Plein Air Painters for a Worldwide Paint Out Weekend.
Both days the weather was beautiful, a constant light breeze made the afternoon sun barely noticeable as the temperatures rose to about 82 degrees. On Friday, We had a larger group of about 12-15 artists from all over the state join us. On Saturday the group was smaller only 5 of us.
I was inspired to paint this scene of the walkway at Meig's Point because of how the trees and surrounding foliage moved softly in the wind. A gentle swaying back and forth like a mother cradling her newborn in her arms, as she gently and rythmically shifts her weight from one foot to the other.
It was busy both days at the park, lots of folks walking the trails, climbing the rocks, taking photos, walking their dogs, relaxing in beach chairs and a few children knee-deep splashing in the water.
Working on a gesso primed linen, my goal was to keep some of the surface peaking through especially along the path and sandy surfaces.
With fresh eyes on this piece this morning the idea of turning this piece into a diptych or triptych is floating around in my mind. How cool it would be to extend the scene to left to include more of the water and rocks. Stay tune - this could be the beginnings of a larger set!
Shown here in a natural wood frame but other framing options are available. Shop online here or contact me directly if you're interested in this piece. Linda@lindasmarinoart.com
Current Show: Beaches, Boats and Sunsets Art show at Chapter One Restaurant in Guilford, CT - 25 Whitfield Street across from the Guilford Green. Stop in, enjoy a meal and view the artwork.
Save the Date: Shoreline Arts Trail - Open Studio is Happening - In- person! Saturday and Sunday November 13 and 14, 2021 - with over 30 local artists and artisans from Branford, Guilford and Madison opening their studios for showing and selling their artwork. I'll be at the Guilford Art Center this year - maps will be available soon - If you would me to mail you a map please send an email including your mailing address to: Linda@lindasmarinoart.com
Our second night out painting a nocturne at the Guilford Harbor.
I switched over from acrylics to oil to see if I like the medium better for a nocturne painting. There are some advantages like drying slower that acrylics but one big disadvantage I could find is that with the lamp light or over head street light a very hard glare happens when a layer of oil paint is on the canvas. I had to keep moving left to right to see if I could dodge the glare. But once I got use to it, I didn't even notice that it was there.
Our second night was a little quieter than the first night. Although a few folks would drive by and yell out their car window "nice painting" - I was so slow to respond, I don't even think they heard me say "Thanks" as they drove off into the night.
One thing I do love about painting a nocturne is that the light source, usually a street lamp doesn't change like the way the sunlight changes throughout the day.
I was thankful that Eileen had an extra clip on light for my easel but it still was a challenge to see the true colors that you were mixing. It wasn't until the next day in daylight I could truly assess whether the colors looked correct or were totally off!
Now that the winter is approaching and the days are getting shorter, I've been scoping out new places to paint a nocturne painting. I found the Branford Green with the tall white church and red doors a definite on my list of places to paint.
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