How do you approach a painting? I would love to hear some thoughts and opinions.I will be doing the other 8 x 8 in a less limited colour palette and will post that one shortly.
Paintings by Catherine Jeffrey celebrating the diverse beauty of Toronto, Hamilton, and the Golden Horse Shoe.
Monday, August 12, 2013
En Plein Monitor
Posted by Catherine Jeffrey at 4:37 PM
Labels: cityscape in oil, Plein Air painting, Plein Monitor, rainy day, toronto street scene, umbrella, walking with an umbrella
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Thank you for sharing the colours of your palette! I for one, will make a note of them. All the best with your outdoor work, Catherine!
Each painting is different. So much depends on the subject matter, whether it's from photos or a live subject or still life. I start with a ground on canvas, and then draw on the ground. Then I build up more
coloured grounds depending on my mood, and take off.
Love what you do.
I got a chuckle out of your term "plein monitor"! I am asking myself how I start a painting. I tone the canvas and draw in the basic shapes with thinned paint. I don't "block in". After the drawing I follow my instincts depending on the subject, which is why I don't really know what I do. Apply paint and leave it alone, I guess.
Thanks Karen and Barbara for your comments! I like that you are both instinctive. I should try that more often.
I like your works, they are great. Thanks for sharing your art with us.
Every painting "tells" me how to approach the painting process, which is mostly intuitively, although I also do draw the outlines with the brush to give me the right proportions. But that depends on subject matter.
When I read about your palette I thought to share what palette I use. I like to work with a limited palette. The colors I use are Cadmium Yellow Pale, Vermillion (warm red), Alizarin Crimson (cool red), Ultramarine Blue (cool), Cerulean Blue (warm), Phtalo Green (cool) and Titanium White.
I do not use any "black" colors as I find that an equal amount of Aizarin Crimson and Phtalo Green makes a rich "black" tone that has color in it. When I want to use a "warm" grey, I add a bit of Cad Yellow to the it. As you might know, white cools any color. By adding Yellow, I warm the tone.
Depending on what sort of black or grey I need, I add Ultramarin Blue, Alizarin, Cad Yellow or Phtalo Green to it.
Anyway, you can read a bit more on my blog if you want.
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