Sunday, January 18, 2009

Winter day on the Susquehanna

16"x20" oil

All right. We finally got a day in the mid 20's with a skiff of snow. Off to the river. I used my new palette for the first time. It's a " French Companion". On sale at asw express right now for $53.00. I highly recommend it for large mixing abilities. I'm in no way affiliated with asw but wanted to say what a good deal this is. It's made to be used with a french easel but works fine with my gloucester. Just turn it a bit sideways. I cut mylar to fit in the wings for a more neutral color but you could mix right on the wood and it comes with a watercolor plastic palette for even more possibilities, not to mention it will hold a handheld wood palette. If your mixing a bunch of color this thing would be sweet! Today I didn't need much space. Gray day, all cool colors. The only warm color used was a touch of cad yellow in the steam from Three Mile Island. Yep, Three Mile Island. I tweaked the location of the steam for compositional purposes. It felt good to get back out even though I had a security guard watching me from a distance the whole time. On the left is a hydro electric plant and I guess they dont want some crazy artist doing anything irrational. On second thought I don't blame them.


Loriann Signori said...

Wow Brian, I am really impressed at how BIG and beautiful this outdoor piece is! Didn't it feel soooo good to be outside?
Three mile island you say...I remember.

brian eppley said...

Hi Loriann.
Yes, it felt great to get outside. That piece is 16x20 and the palette makes moving big volumes of paint easy. The TMI scare happened when I was in 7th grade. I'm still fascinated with the cooling towers. We were all evacuated to the burbs. The effect remains to be seen.

Loriann Signori said...

Just hearing about it again sounds scary and you're right the effect remains to be seen. It was grade school for me as well..but I still remember those images.. evacuation... yipes.
Soldier on with your big paintings outdoors. I am heading out now
A kindred spirit,