When I mix the sky, there are often two tones, a warm and a cool, the cool will usually have a blue and a red, and maybe some muddy paint, but just a trace, the warm might have a yellow, and a touch, just a tiny touch of the mud too. I find the right color by mixing, comparing with nature, and changing the color, I've mixed enough sky, and I've kept my pallet fundamentally the same, so, I can at least start in the ball park of what I want.
I chose the scene for the dramatic and dark shadow raking across the foreground.
Here is where I finished.
There are sculptures all over the place, maybe I'll paint some.
Tomorrow my van is in the shop, so I'll paint around here and make more panels.
This is my first Salem2Salem painting for this year, and although I didn't get on a plane to get here, there was a journey.
# 578 Cemetery Rd.
After a day taking care of the home front, I was able to get out, intending to go up on SAW hill, but I made it as far as this spot before I had to stop.
Another road into the sunset.
There were a lot of cool things about this scene, there not here yet, but the stage is set.
This is where I ended up, drama and clutter, but organized.
Here is the scene at about mid point, the sun actually cooperated and moved out of my eye.
Here is my spot, there was a little traffic and some farming, but nice.
On Saturday, August 1st there is Pizza night here at SAW, and there of course will be exhibits and open studios, I'm shooting to have some decent work ongoing and maybe some surprises, so if you're local come on over and say Hi!
Last year at about this time I was headed to Germany to participate in Salem2Salem, art exchange. Here my blog from that trip, it starts here: http://www.mattchinian.com/2014/08/journey-arrival-and-welcome.html
This year it's here in Salem, NY, one town north of us in Cambridge, and the German, as well as American Artist from points much farther than me have arrived in our Salem. It was a reunion for many with a few new artists thrown into the mix. Being in my back yard will make a very different experience. Tonight Alane and Hope came with me to the opening reception, and were able to meet old friends and make new ones, and what can be better than that!
It's otherwise been a whirlwind: starting at 6th Lake in Inlet, NY. On Saturday, afternoon we helped our friends celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary and Emma left for 2 weeks of overnight camp before we returned to Cambridge. In the A.M. I got one painting done at the beaver pond:
#577 Hess Pond from Ned's rock.
Here is my spot.
Here is the "Money Shot".
This will be my home away from home @ SAW, I put up the wet paintings from the Adirondacks. Now it's time to push some paint!