Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Chadds Ford Chronicles

Here is Ken Backhaus' sunny second painting

Here is Ken Backhaus' first Saturday painting

My gracious hosts for the evening, artist David Oleski and his Thai wife Porn cooked a fabulous meal that was a great end to the day. That is until Davids dog Frank got sprayed by a skunk and the scrubbing began.

11"x14" oil This is the second Saturday painting done between 1 and 3 pm. Probably around 50 degrees and sunny. The scene changed so much I decided to paint it again with a warm palette. With the bright sun washing out certain aspects of the creeks recession I added the two saplings to balance the composition. The early painting was defined compositionally by the zig zag of the creek. This one needs some work and it kills me to post it without a chance to see it in a mirror and correct some things. But it's hanging now and I can't do anything about that.

11"x14" oil This is the first work I did Saturday morning. Around 19 degrees f. and the Brandywine River was partially frozen. I used all cool colors.


Loriann Signori said...

Hi Brian, Thanks for showing us all the pics about Ken's demo. Your two paintings really capture the feel of the day by the temperature of colors you chose. I especially like the cool colors in the early morning one!
I just added you on my blog roll so others can see our work more! I hope that's ok.

brian eppley said...

Thanks Loriann. I'll add you to my blog list also.
I really struggled on this trip. The scenery is beautiful everywhere you look. I got caught up in the light and never really applied a good composition. That being said I loved every minute of it! I'm off to paint garlic this evening