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04-27-2012, 05:45 AM
I little lunch time painting at Bull Creek Park.

04-27-2012, 06:31 AM
nice colors and I like the contrast too

04-27-2012, 08:02 AM
nice little study of light and trees..

04-27-2012, 08:49 AM
Very nice I like it .Best wishes Jo xx

Marilyn Anne
04-27-2012, 04:31 PM
I like the boldness of the brushstrokes, the colors and immediacy .

04-27-2012, 05:14 PM
love the impressionist brush work and love this expressive tree.

04-28-2012, 12:14 AM
Bold brushwork here in this charming painting, well done:)

04-28-2012, 02:39 AM
Thanks everyone I appreciate the comments.

D Akey
04-28-2012, 02:42 AM
Nice quick sketch. :cool:

04-28-2012, 06:23 AM
Here is todays sketch. I only had about 30 mins to work on this at lunch and the subject was only there for about 7 of those minutes.

Yes the head is really bothering me but when lunch is done so is the painting.

D Akey
04-28-2012, 10:36 AM
Clearly you have no problems putting in the full value range, but aside from the actual shape of the head, you might want to push your values in areas way farther than you actually see to the eye. From experience, I found that when the image doesn't come together quick, the mind will begin to analyze and before you know it you've turned the ambient light way up. In point of fact, it would serve you better to push your values -- in some cases -- not a panacea. But if a direct assault isn't working, it's sometimes good to come at it sidelong.

I've never seen a clear shadow as a liability. But I often have seen too much light present problems when painting plein aire. A solid shadow actually helps turn the form. Plus it makes for better compositional elements.

And picking the right angle of where you sit also is very important. 3/4 lighting if you can get it is usually easiest when you're painting or drawing quickly. It carries the main info in a few strokes.

Speaking of lunch, I was watching something by Chef Mario Batali who does Italian food a lot. He says that the food is fairly straight forward to cook. What makes it great, all else being equal, is selection of the ingredients. You have to know how to buy the best tasting items which is an art in itself.

You may want to look at picking your poses like that. I think you'll be a lot happier with the result. I do quite like the tree. This one of the back of the sitting bald guy. . . well, you said it yourself.

I admire you doing this on your lunch. Go man go!

04-28-2012, 10:16 PM
Nice work:):)

05-03-2012, 08:38 AM
Thanks for the kind and useful words of advice Akey and mannafig, There is actually a rock in between my point of view and the guy that I did not define very well and I should have omitted it in favor of a definitive shadow.
Here is todays. Another tree..


05-03-2012, 07:37 PM
Fine style and paintings!