Monday, April 28, 2014

Juniper Swamp Rd, and a sketch @ Turnpike

60  F  Sunny with a few high clouds, a bit of wind.
Today I went up to Juniper Swamp rd. in Shushan, I've painted this exact scene a number of times, I'll try to find them.  There is not that's man-made in the, the road and the clearings, but otherwise very low presence.

#286 Juniper Swamp Rd.

12 x 16


I had the shade on my canvas, and it was bright, like yesterday, so I started with the sky, the brightest thing in the scene.

I've loved these pure pastoral scenes because they lend themselves to abstractions, the elements form horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines and shapes and great potential for compositions.

Finally some green I can dig my teth into!  It's still a light and muted green, keeping it down was a bit tricky!

This painting was very strait forward for me, when does that happen?

I waited to do the foreground bush, because it was on top of everything else.....

Getting close...  It helped knowing the scene I wanted from the start, that doesn't happen very often.

1 1/2 hours of actual paint time. The light changed only when clouds went over so it was easy......

  Sight size view.


I did this oil sketch on paper earlier in the day, I'm excited about doing small quick sketches like this, and offering them for about $100, I can do one and a small painting, and let it be real immediate, we'll see what happens!

$285 turnpike Rd.
5 1/2  x 5 3/4
Oil on paper
$80, unframed