Friday, September 10, 2010

Nocturne Equipment

As promised, here’s my nocturne painting set-up. I have a few different paint box easels in which I work with depending on what medium I’m using or what size I’m painting. Pictured above is the OpenBox M pochade; which is my workhorse plein-air easel for oil painting. I’m using two XtraFlex-2 LED clip-on book lights from Mighty Bright  to illuminate my palette and painting surface. Each light contains two Super LED lights in one head. So between the two clipped onto my easel they have the output of 12 “normal” LED’s! Which is more than enough light to work with.

Not knowing what to expect from the book lights I also purchased a Princeton Tec Headlamp. That was pretty much overkill but I was prepared if I needed more light. Since the headlamp tilt-adjusts it could have been helpful for my palette area. However, when pointed directly at my painting the wet paint acted like a mirror preventing me from seeing the painting.

You’ll also notice that I’m wearing a hat at night. That’s to keep the glare of the book lights out of my vision so I can see my subject even better.

I would have to say the first time out was a good experience partly due to a perfect weather scenario as well. The temperature was cool and there was a steady breeze keeping the bugs away. I was anticipating every bug in town being attracted to the book lights and sticking themselves to the face of my painting. Bugs have stuck themselves to my paintings in daylight so I’m sure it will happen while painting at night. Look out for future nocturnal paintings entitled; Moth, Mosquito and Firefly:)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Artist At Work - SOLD

This is my second painting created during the Cranford Plein Air Event. In the tradition of artists painting artists, I felt this was the perfect opportunity to do just that. Here is my painting of fellow artist Frank Costantino diligently working on his painting of the Cranford Canoe Club.
Medium: Artist quality oil.
Painted on: Artist quality linen.
Dimensions: 9x12 inches.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Chestnut Street Monster

It’s funny how some subjects seem to just pop-up and wave at you to get your attention. I found this cute graffiti monster while searching for a new painting location during last weeks Cranford Plein Air Event. I painted everything but the chain link fence in one sitting and returned the following afternoon to finish it up.

Medium: Artist quality oil.
Painted on: Artist quality linen.
Dimensions: 9x12 inches.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

In Full Bloom - SOLD

There was no missing this vibrantly colored azalea bush contrasting against all the greens of the wooded area in which this was painted. I purposely did very little color mixing in the “warm/hot” tones so as not to risk loosing the intense saturation of this subject. I used a limited palette of 4-5 colors for this painting: Cad yellow, Permanent Rose, Permanent Alizarin, Viridian and a touch of Cerulean Blue.

Medium: Artist quality oil.
Painted on: Artsit quality linen.
Dimensions: 9x12 inches.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Last of an Era

Studio Painting
Medium: Artists quality oil.
Painted on: Artsits quality linen.
Dimensions: 16x20 inches.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

"At the Crossing" Oil painting progression video

Here is another painting progression video for your enjoyment. In this approach I used a yellow ocher and raw sienna under painting to map my value structure. Once the under painting was dry I began blocking in the major color shapes, then progressively refining each section to completion. You can also click here to watch the video.

Medium: Artist quality oil.
Painted on: Artist quality linen.
Dimensions: 24 x 36 inches.