Archive for May, 2010

Landscape with Figure

May 27, 2010

This is from a photo I took in Turkey.  The light was tricky – it must have been around noon.  Oil painting is certainly a lot easier on a linen canvas than on those cheap panels I’ve been using. This is number 31!!!!

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Number 4 – Grazing sheep

May 26, 2010

GrazingSheep, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I joined a website for online classes for watercolor landscapes… www.create38.com
Great video instruction, along with detailed written instruction. I did this painting using my new American Journey watercolor sticks… so it proved to be an even bigger challenge. I think the sticks work great for small journal pages but trying to mix enough color to cover a large painting was painfully difficult… I’ll not be doing that again.

Weekend in Virginia

May 23, 2010

We spent the past weekend at The Plains Virginia for the Team America Rocket Challenge Fly-off. My son is part of a rocket team that made the top 100 teams and earned a chance to launch at this beautiful equestrian arena. I had time to sit and sketch while the rockets soared into the air. That’s one launching in the above painting — look toward the upper middle of the sketch.

Here’s my husband taking a photo of me sketching … I really sketch quickly for this one.

Below is the Italian sausage concession stand .

This last one was painted here at home — our neighborhood pond has a family of swans! I’ll try painting this again… I’d like to get better at painting the grasses along the banks–I’m not happy with the way these turned out.

That’s 22, 23, 24, and 25! I’m one quarter of the way there…

Number 30 – A Seascape

May 22, 2010

I’m very excited because I think I’m getting this values thing.  It makes me want to do more paintings!

getting back to this…

May 21, 2010

I’ve been absent for a while — longer than I expected — spring seems to take all my energy into the garden.

I haven’t given up this project but I am realizing just how many 100 is….. quite a lot of paintings !

This was done at the school waiting for my son…. I’m not fond of the composition here — better planning on my part would help. This seems cut off at the bottom– including the base of the building on the page could have been more successful.

The painting below was also done from my car. This is a view of the farmland at the rear of the school. I’d like it to recede into the distance better and I really don’t like that green — thalo-green I think? I had trouble getting nice variation in tones.

Last one is a farmed field behind a park here in town –more farmland –we’ve got tons of farm fields around here! I like the colors better in this one but it still doesn’t recede well. Next time I’ll try giving Mauipainter’s cool color theory a try…. cool colors to the background!

Correct me if I’m wrong—this should be 19, 20 and 21.

29 – Crozon (Brittany)

May 19, 2010

Another Brittany picture, done from a photo.  Nita, a painter I admire very much, has been stopping by and leaving helpful comments since I started this project. Yesterday, she sent me the link to the blog finirenbeauté, where Jean-Pierre Pyat posts his amazing work (really – go have a look) and his thoughts on various aspects of painting.  His article on values (in French) puts a simple spin on the subject.  He explains that he tries to keep values down to just four in his paintings, and to use value to move the viewer’s eye through the painting. (Nothing new, I know, but  said in a new way to me).  I first made a value sketch in black and white based on the photo, which helped me to work out some of the problems :

Then I tried hard to stick to my basic design.

playing with palettes

May 17, 2010

Last week I played around with different palettes (see above) and painted different versions of the same scene, to see how I could work around various restrictions.  Mixing the various colors didn’t present too much difficulty, but painting a decent oil sketch did.  I had completely forgotten to focus on composition and think about what each scene was about.  I also had some mechanical problems and kept mixing up the color of the foreground leaves with the sky.  I almost didn’t put these up, but it feels like cheating not to put up the bad ones too. These are small because I’m not especially proud of them, and I apologize about the photo quality. If you should want a closer look, a click on the photo will do it.

I learned that you can really do a painting with a severely limited palette – even a water scene with no blue! – but that this is harder than it looks. I hope to do a better one this week, but that brings me up to 28.

Number 3 for me… a Marsh

May 16, 2010

Marsh, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Attended a Helen Beacham workshop, and this is the painting I did. I’m pleased with it even though it doesn’t look much like hers at all. This is landscape #3… 97 to go..

Gotta start somewhere…

May 10, 2010

Hi, my name is Captain Elaine Magliacane. Thank you for allowing me to join this project. I’m a real beginner, so this will be a learning experience for me. With 100 Landscapes under my belt, I’ll be own my way as a painter. I started painting 3 years ago at the young age of 56… I have a long way to go. I’m adding my first 2 landscapes… so 98 to go.

Palmetto tree on Kiawah Island SC

Sunrise on the Dunes in Charleston

Latest (and Final) Wisteria

May 5, 2010

I finally went out and bought some purple paint – I’m trying to stick to a very limited palette, but this painting was supposed to be about purple.  I started scraping off the wall color, for one more try, and decided I liked it half scraped off.  I’m finally finished with this subject, at least for this year.  I learned a lot while doing it, notably that I have so much more to learn!