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    Since I was off at a plein-air landscape painting workshop all last week, my interest in landscape painting has been renewed. I want to do one or two a week until the weather goes all to hell and my acrylics become unusable due to low temperatures. I don't think I'm quite ready to buy a set of oils.

    Anyway, I thought I'd start a thread here to encourage myself to do these and post them, and maybe get some help.

    Here's some of the stuff from the first half of the workshop, which focused on watercolour.

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    Experimenting with colour a bit since I didn't want every single painting of the hills to be green and brown. Half-assed the bottom third, sadly -- I might redo this one from reference photos.
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    I really wanted to capture those dark late-morning shadows but I think they stand out too much.
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    Ink. I like ink!
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    This one was mostly just an exercise in composition. I think the cloud could be placed a lot better.
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    I'll be scanning/photographing the acrylic stuff in the next few days.
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    Acrylics:

    Fields near Dry Island Buffalo Jump:
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    The hills in the Dry Island Buffalo Jump valley. I was messing around after a hot day, was tired of painting stripes on hills and wanted to do something a bit more graphical.
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    A shack in Dorothy. I think it turned out all right except for the composition. I tried to move back to get a better view but there was an artist to the right of me blocking my view and an artist to the left whose view I was blocking. Eesh. Also, I think I need to fix that car up a bit.
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    Another try at fields, this time with more muted colours. Painted at Munsen, Alberta.
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    Not a landscape, but it was painted in the same location as the previous picture. An experiment:
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    This was painted a couple weeks after the workshop. Big Lake near St. Albert, Alberta.
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    Painted at the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary. The boardwalks were neat but it was 30C outside and most of the viewing platforms had no shade.
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    Last Friday, Mill Creek in Edmonton, Alberta. The skies looked better than the landscape did.
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    Also, I'm really tired of green. A couple weeks from now there should be some great colour on the trees and I'll have to make an effort to get out more than once a week.
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    A couple of landscapes I wasn't able to finish out in the field.

    Whitemud Ravine:
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    River Valley; it was a cloudy day but the colours were brilliant:
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    Thanks for you painting friend!!!

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    There's quite a few nice pieces in here! I like how you did the earth on that last watercolour in your first post, probably sounds strange as a lack of perspective/other things around it etc, but it's quite interesting for me as it seems like earth that's not seen on the surface. Your comment on the cloud begs me to question if it was from observation or imagination. It seems to me like you have a good handle on perspective/three-dimensional objects (at least judging from that shack, nioce!). I reckon you need to work on clouds most, of all that i see here. Which, i find watercolour is really good for as both clouds and the medium are quite malleable/morphing things. I suggest experimenting more with the blending of colours, especially in the background, and on that note i suggest going for sunsets/sunrises (saw a nice one this morning as i didn't sleep haha, SP frenzy). The beginning and end of the day is a good time to experiment with the blending of colours as there's so many of them. Often sunsets go from the bottom up in red/orange/yellow into blue, but there's always a somewhat hidden green in there. I'd basically put lots of water down (not insane, but enough that it doesn't soak in too fast to paint ) then go in from the top with blue or bottom with yellow, and they tend to blend themselves together (tilting the page helps too), then add in red or whatever details later. Hard to get it done fast enough from life though, might need photos or to paint from memory (which is likely better than photographs, in the long-term).
    You seem to have the medium under a lot of control, which isn't really its nature, but that's kind of a personal preference, and i do it far more than i'd like anyway. You also appear to be keeping your colours separated well, which is good! Heh, i just realized that it's probably about finding a balance between control/letting loose.
    I also recommend getting a sponge as it's great for foliage/cloud details, all those bits that are too damn small to get with a brush, or just when you want a more random pattern in something. Definitely beats splattering, fuck that shit unless you wanna have little dots of random colour everywhere, sometimes good for raining comets out of the sky or whatever

    Have you not updated this since early october because of a lack of responses? I hope you're still doing them every week. Keep it up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Challie View Post
    There's quite a few nice pieces in here! I like how you did the earth on that last watercolour in your first post, probably sounds strange as a lack of perspective/other things around it etc, but it's quite interesting for me as it seems like earth that's not seen on the surface.
    Yes, it's quite odd how the land drops away there and it's almost cut away. It's wonderful seeing all the strange layers of coal and iron oxide and clay inside the hills.

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    Your comment on the cloud begs me to question if it was from observation or imagination.
    As I remember it, the day was so windy that the cloud changed shape every time I looked at it. So... mostly imagination I guess.

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    Often sunsets go from the bottom up in red/orange/yellow into blue, but there's always a somewhat hidden green in there.
    I saw the most amazing green in a sunset just the other day. It's a great time of the year for them as it gets dark so early, although it's a bit hard getting a good view of them from my neighbourhood. I always seem to see the best ones on some drive when it's completely inconvenient to pull over and when I finally do I realize I've forgotten the camera.

    Quote Originally Posted by Max Challie View Post
    I'd basically put lots of water down (not insane, but enough that it doesn't soak in too fast to paint ) then go in from the top with blue or bottom with yellow, and they tend to blend themselves together (tilting the page helps too), then add in red or whatever details later. Hard to get it done fast enough from life though, might need photos or to paint from memory (which is likely better than photographs, in the long-term).
    You seem to have the medium under a lot of control, which isn't really its nature, but that's kind of a personal preference, and i do it far more than i'd like anyway. You also appear to be keeping your colours separated well, which is good! Heh, i just realized that it's probably about finding a balance between control/letting loose.
    I don't work with watercolour very often so there's definitely a lot more for me to learn about the medium. Thanks kindly for all the tips! They are very appreciated. I think I'll slowly start replacing my student colours this winter and put the tips to use.

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    Have you not updated this since early october because of a lack of responses? I hope you're still doing them every week. Keep it up!
    No, it's just that late October is when the weather turned too cold to paint outside. When it's warm everything is brown and slushy and disgusting and when it's cold I don't want to be out there anyway. And I've been a bigger wimp about it than usual because I frostbit my face lightly on an ill-considered walk in mid-November. I think it's going to be mostly cafe sketches and photoreference until the thaw comes.
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    Hey Vineris - you're off to a good start. Who did you take the workshop with? My only suggestion (besides do more...like make yourself do one per day on a regular schedule) would be to give oils a try.

    Edit: The shack in Dorothy is a nice piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Hey Vineris - you're off to a good start. Who did you take the workshop with? My only suggestion (besides do more...like make yourself do one per day on a regular schedule) would be to give oils a try.

    Edit: The shack in Dorothy is a nice piece.
    Thanks! I took the workshop with Jim Davies, a local landscape painter. I took a beginning painting class with him a couple years ago and he does a big trip out to the Badlands every year. I'm not sure his teaching style and my learning style mesh well but the workshop was cheap, it was the most productive vacation I've ever taken, and I rediscovered how much I like bumping around the prairies looking at the scenery.

    Once I get my illustration portfolio out circulating, which will hopefully be within a few weeks, I'll start painting more often again.

    Edit: as for oils, I'm coming to the conclusion that I ought to try them but it'll have to wait until summer as my studio isn't ventilated. It would sure be nice to be able to premix colours without them drying five minutes later.
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    A barn from sometime in October. Pardon the questionable proportions, I was out in the sun for a good two hours with no hat on.

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    My yard, Christmas morning. It was above zero so I thought I'd spend some quality time with the paints while the getting was good:

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    Nice work. I especially like the Ravine painting. And you can definitely use oils now, just don't use any solvent. Get some walnut oil for your medium, and some cheaper oil {linseed or safflower} to clean your brushes. After a swish in the oil give them a final wash with soap and water. I think you'll love oils!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackthorne View Post
    Nice work. I especially like the Ravine painting. And you can definitely use oils now, just don't use any solvent. Get some walnut oil for your medium, and some cheaper oil {linseed or safflower} to clean your brushes. After a swish in the oil give them a final wash with soap and water. I think you'll love oils!
    Thanks for the advice! It was the straw that tipped the cart, I'm going to get some oil paints to try in February when my schedule clears up.
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