Thursday, March 7, 2013

March Plein Air

Today I went out plein air painting. It was in the mid 30's with bright sunshine, I soon felt overdressed!
This place is near to my home and I discovered it last fall, thinking it would be a good painting spot. I am set up on a flat earthen ledge, held up by a tree and the roots. I kind of felt safe, though I was concerned about my sled of equipment sliding down into the river. Overall, I was excited to try this new size format for a painting panel. I am also thinking that this composition will translate well into a larger painting of the same subject.
A start.... using a limited palette of Titanium white, Chromatic Black, Yellow Ochre Light, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Light, Transparent Oxide Red, Transparent Brown, Alizarin Crimson, Ultra blue and Cobalt Blue.
The panel was already toned with raw sienna and dry before I started. My medium is Gamsol, Linseed oil and damar varnish in a 5-1-1 ratio. The easel is a ProChade box kit by Artwork Essentials. It fits into a backpack!

Making progress....
"River Banks - Spring Thaw", oil on linen, 8x16, $950 framed
The oil primed linen is mounted on a birch panel. A pleasure to use!

As you can see this final picture of the painting was taken in my studio and the lighting is different than the outdoor light. The studio light is more on the yellow side.


barbara schilling said...

I love the composition on this one Kathie!

Kathleen Kalinowski, PSA said...

Thanks Barb, it was fun to work on a new proportioned panel. I had to make some quick compositional choices.

Sue Marrazzo said...

Pretty Work!
Thanks for sharing this one.
Please look at my Blog:
THANKS, Kathleen!

Kathleen Kalinowski, PSA said...

Thanks Sue, I just looked at your blog. You have some nice creative work there. I really love collages!

Helen H Trachy said...

Thanks for sharing! I had a splendid time this morning visiting your blog. I like your pastel work very much but I think oil agrees with you also. I especially like the colors in this one.

Randall Cogburn said...

Nice painting Kathleen and that being a plein air piece well done. Just a thought at first glance I wanted to see more of the trees, maybe something like a 18x24 for a bigger painting. :)