Monday, April 13, 2009

Little Demo

This is a little 8" x 10" that I painted the other day. I took some pictures along the way again, so I've posted them below.
Step Four is how it looked when I stopped working on the spot. The light had changed a lot and lunch was ready. The next day in the studio I worked a bit on the large tree on the right. There were just a few other minor changes. I think I made a few more strokes after this last photo was taken, but I don't have the painting here right now to compare. There is a little pump house hidden beneath the tree on the left.


"Sol Dorado Looking East", 8" x 10" oil on linen, Frank Gardner © 2009


Scene and Step One, Frank Gardner © 2009


Step One, Frank Gardner © 2009


Step Two, Frank Gardner © 2009


Step Three, Frank Gardner © 2009


Step Four, Frank Gardner © 2009


"Sol Dorado Looking East", 8" x 10" oil on linen, Frank Gardner © 2009

26 comments:

Perry Brown said...

Really graceful demo Frank! I can feel the heat of the afternoon in your work.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Perry!

bonnieluria said...

Little? There's not a thing about this other than size, perhaps, that's little.
You've captured the activity of trees' movement with your brushwork against the stillness of the distant hills in the sunlight.
Those dark areas in front pull us right into the canvas.
What is consistent in your work is how every stroke is intentional. Like a diamond cutter.
Mexico ought to be paying you a stipend for increased tourism.

Dan Corey said...

Another homerun!

Marian Fortunati said...

I love the deep shadows in your tree.
I am constantly amazed at how much you (YOU) can convey with such graceful beautiful brushwork.

I wanna come back!!

Belinda Del Pesco said...

Beautiful little painting. The light and temperature of the day is palpable.

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Oh my goodness love your little painting Frank! Looks so real too... something about the values... Beautiful amigo! :o)

Dean H. said...

Beautiful stuff, Frank! The demo is much appreciated!

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Bonnie. Well, you know, I had to call it something.
Thanks, I'm glad you like the brushwork in the trees. My favorite is the big one on the right.
Stipend.... your funny. LOL

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Dan. Beats a grounder any day. I was pretty happy with this one. I was talking along the way and giving assistance, so I am surprised I stayed focused enough to pull it off as nicely.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Marian. I wish you were back. It was fun painting with you and would love to again sometime. I was out at the ranch painting today. Beautiful weather, you would have enjoyed it.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Belinda. Thanks for the nice comment.

Frank Gardner said...

Ali, amiga, como has estado? Thanks!!!

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Dean. Glad you are not bored of the demos yet. They are fun to put together. Just take a little longer to work into a post.

sixtyminuteartist said...

Hi Frank, I like that one too. It is interesting how the final outdoor study uses big value changes to denote light, while in the finished painting the value changes are smaller--and you mainly use temp. and chromatic changes to denote light. A good lesson to remember.

Jerry (sixtyminuteartist)

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Jerry. It's been a while since I have seen a post from you. Been painting?

sixtyminuteartist said...

Hi Frank, Yes, I have been painting--look for a post shortly. Been on an intensive self-study course on color--lots to share.

Jerry

Jack Riddle said...

Frank--these are always very helpful. I'll be able to get out soon, and your hints are in the nick of time. Have been re-reading Gruppe lately and it's surprising how much of earlier readings I have forgotten. The force of habit is very strong, so it doesn't hurt to keep starting at the beginning, a purpose your demos serve well.

Larry Seiler said...

beautiful light, great color!! Very nice Frank!

Gary Keimig said...

excellent work Frank. You have gotten a really nice feel to this piece. Love your work

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

It really came out beautiful.

Peter Lee said...

What a beautiful painting!
And thanks for sharing your process.
I'll be following your blog.

Elizabeth said...

So much light and movement in the trees.
Ah to paint in the fresh air.
Sorry to have been gone ages.......
but wonderful to see your work again.

Frank Gardner said...

I'll be looking for it Jerry.

Hi Jack! Good. Yeah, re read those Gruppe books as often as you can.

Hi Larry. Thanks!

Thanks Gary!

Hey there Bill, thanks!

Hi Peter, thanks and thanks for following the blog.

Hi Elizabeth, Thanks. Yeah, fresh air is good, and even better if I am out painting in it.
Don't apologize for being away, I have not been around visiting my friends blogs that often lately either. Good to hear from you.

Stephen Magsig said...

Beautiful and the demo is very full of information, I can't believe how much I learn from these, Thanks Frank

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Stephen.