The Rule of Three:
OK, Generally we are dividing the picture plane up into three cases:
Case 1: Direct Light
Case 2: Turning surface
Case 3: Shadow
I’m teaching painting now to a great bunch down at artwavesmdi.com
I’d like to wind this up with one more day of work on the rocks and the foreground watery bits.
I am playing around with a very limited palette again. 3 colors and white. I first kicked ivory black to the curb and continued to pare down. (OK, not really 3. I use yellow ochre, as well as Cad. yellow and also throw in a second blue, when needed. So, 5, really.)
I’m interested in making paintings based on drawings done on-site, from direct observation. I’ve been looking at Rockwell and Leyendecker, thinking about their methods for using drawing to provide strong, clear structure to the final painting.
This is a shot from the table just outside my studio,where I feed (and photograph) the local band of crows. You can see the motion activated Bird-Cam just beyond the cheesy-poofs and puppy chow. There’s a solar panel that powers the camera but with the days so short lately, it generally runs on batteries .