Thursday, February 19, 2009

Afternoon cold front

8"x10" oil/panel


30 mph winds and temps in the thirties but the sun is kinda out. I loved the sky this afternoon and decided to paint a small one hoping the wind wouldn't bring flight to my easel. The clouds had my attention while driving to sight. I decided to set up with a cedar tree blocking the sun(the little bit it shown) and pencil sketched a quick cloud pattern noting the dark and light areas. blocked in the pines and the sun went away the rest is basically a fabrication. Part of it was there part not. The wind was unbearable and I quit at this. Again I was most interested in the sky with the dark pines and unfortunately thats about all I can get out of this one.
We are going to Manhattan this weekend and I'm taking the painting stuff to try and get some city scenes. Should be fun.

6 comments:

Loriann Signori said...

So you braved that incredible wind without taking flight..wow! It's so obvious that your center of interest was the clouds. It's amazing to me that you captured the light airiness of those clouds with that thick paint and palette knife. Nice winter sky Brian.
PS Do you use any type of quick dry agent in your paint?

brian eppley said...

Loriann, I use only straight oil paint. I like to keep it to a bare minimum. As far as technique goes, I've completely abandonded my old brush style. I no longer "build a painting up." I don't layer. The still life stuff might be the easiest to see. I try to mix each plane of color than apply it sometimes edges not touching then go back and clean the edges up. There is no staining or building up on thin paint. The plein air stuff starts the same way way but something else kicks in at some point that I can't explain. I think you mentioned it in a post. A "feeling". God only knows what happens at this point. Scraping, swearing, tossing of objects, absolute hatred of the whole idea of trying to paint, or maybe an epiphany, bliss. This is why I paint. After all we are all individuals finding our own ways to get through and I look forward to your and everyone elses journey. Oh yeah, I always work from dark to light...

Jala Pfaff said...

Not too shabby for a man in frigid wind.

Kathleen said...

I can appreciate the weather... same here.
Nice landscape!

brian eppley said...

Jala, Thanks I should have named it "Guy's and Gales". I'll check your blog now.


Kathleen, I feel silly complaining about the weather with a lake effect gal. I can only imagine how long this winter is for you guys. Thanks for the comment and I dig those cowboy boots you painted!

Loriann Signori said...

You say it sooooo well Brian!