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Monday, January 30, 2017

Day 30 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 30th and final day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Evening Travel
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches

For the final post I "played" with an abstract landscape but tried to incorporate some of the painting challenges of the past month.  The sunset is coloring the sky, back mountains and tree tops.  There is also a line of pink and orange trees -- what's with that?  I hope my viewers ask that question.  And finally a road leads through the painting.  

Thank you so much for staying with my blog throughout this painting challenge.  I have enjoyed meeting and making many new on-line friends as well as connecting with friends from previous challenges.  The many wonderful comments are much appreciated!  I have enjoyed looking at the daily paintings posted and reading other artists blogs.

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Hope to see you back at my blog very soon.




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Day 29 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 29th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Light Patterns
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches

Amazing to think that this is the next to the last post of the challenge -- so much time devoted to painting and so many small works finished.  It has been a joyfully successful way to spend the month.

Pleased with the painting posted on Day 27, I took the opportunity to paint another work using negative painting for the back woods.  Taking my cue from the colors in the underpainting I added lights to create the branches and then some cooler colors to further push back the space.

 The front trees were again painted in cool blue and purple washes that did not completely cover the underpainting.  This created the suggestion of textures as well as lights and shadows on the trunks.

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One more day!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Day 28 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 28th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.



Woods and Patterns
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper 
8 x 8 inches


After nearly 4 weeks of almost-following the landscape challenges provided in my library book, it is time to "branch" out and explore what the landscape could become.  This is exactly what I have been waiting to do!

This abstracted landscape utilizes negative painting.  The underpainting was a collection of random shapes and colors. The trees were created by painting the background shapes around them.  The underpainting is still visible in the patterns on the tree trunks and branches.   The two branches and leaves were the final layer added to the work.

I appreciate your support through this challenge and hope that you keep it up these last couple days. 


Friday, January 27, 2017

Day 27 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 27th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Winter Sunset
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches


The challenge of painting sunsets is progressing toward the abstract.  I enjoyed painting the larger trees and leaving them as simple washes of beautiful purple.  The shapes of the back trees and the sunset lights were painting in "negatively".  Painting the negative shapes means that you are painting around the object and not the object itself to create the shape.  For the foreground a warm initial wash covered by a cool top wash created just enough to create the snow cover.  

Thanks for staying with my blog for these final few days. 









Thursday, January 26, 2017

Day 26 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 26th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Against the Sunset
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

The sunset theme continues today; however, this painting is much more simplified.  The shapes are larger and the trees have little detail.   The colorful underpainting peaks through the background and adds some sparkle.  In fact I think it leans toward the abstract and it makes me happy.  

Thank you for checking my blog for the final push to complete 30 paintings.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Day 25 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 25th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Late Season Sunset
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

I have to admit that I really wanted to title this little piece "Mud Season Sunset" as it was the mud in the painting that became the real challenge.  My reference photo was taken last week after several days of rain.  I was excited about the light but underestimated the wide variety of mud colors needed for even this small painting.  There was dark mud, light, mud, warm-colored mud, cool-colored mud and every shade in between.  I wanted to simplify all those colors without it looking ..... well, muddy. This was indeed good practice and hopefully means some better looking mud in future paintings.

Thanks for stopping by my blog to check on this last week of the challenge.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Day 24 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 24th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Summer Neglect
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

This painting is actually more representative of the reference photo as there is an old barn on the park's entrance road.  The arrangement of meadows is also fairly true.  However the colors have been intensified in a similar manner as Day 23.  

This work straddles the "fence" providing a recognizable shape (barn) yet the colors shapes are more abstract.  What would you call it?

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  The days are quickly counting down now.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Day 23 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 23rd day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.



Warm Meadows
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

The painting challenge was titled "summer fields"; but, I took it one step further to an abstracted landscape.  The painting is inspired by another view of the same park featured on Day 18.  

The golds and the reds in the meadows on the entrance road were just too tempting to push toward a more rich and intense interpretation.     My favorite is the straw to orange colored "grass" in the lower half.  

Hope that you enjoy these last days of the challenge.  Thanks for keeping up with my blog.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Day 22 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 22nd day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Orchard Row, Virginia Peaches
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

Another painting for today that continues the challenge of painting fruit trees in bloom.  In this work I have taken a row of trees and tired to keep the painting focused on them.  I do like the spacing of 3 and 2.  The mountain and row of woods behind the field are painted in soft and muted colors to keep them in the background.  

The peach trees are less individualized and are painted as a "group".  This is exactly how I would need to approach a larger work using this same subject matter.   And hopefully with some planning there will be a large orchard painting on the easel in the studio this spring. 

Thank you for keeping up with my blog.  The challenge is nearly to the final week.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Day 21 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 21st day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Three Virginia Peaches in Bloom
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

Fruit tress in bloom are today's challenge.  Fortunately there are several orchards not far from the house (and with farm markets too).   Not only do we get to see the beauty of the blooms but also to enjoy the fresh picked fruit.

The first time we set up plein air to paint the peaches in bloom, it was overwhelming.  Rows and rows of trees covered with bright pink blooms.  And then there were the mountains and woods and fields and....the list went on and on.   The painting that day was not good as I could not focus on what to paint.


And so for this landscape challenge I revisited the peach trees in bloom.  I narrowed my focus to only a few trees but still included the mountains, field and woods.  The background is in soft muted colors that recede allowing the peach trees to be the focus.  Strong lights and shadows on the wonderful crooked shapes of the trunks demand attention.  The shadows connect the trees with the lower part of the painting to firmly anchor them.

And then there is the pink --intense, bright and oh so much of it!  I used a random motion to suggest all the branches shooting out in all directions just covered in blooms.  Three layers of pink allow the back tree to recede and the front tree to come forward.  Best news of all is that I think it is enough but not too much pink.  I hope you agree.

Thanks for staying with my blog.  I appreciate your interest.





Friday, January 20, 2017

Day 20 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 20th Day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


Landline Only
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches

The old photo that I found had some old buildings along a road with some wonderful clouds which all have been in previous painting challenges.  I did some sketching to set the composition.  It can be difficult and frustrating to draw on acrylic.  Vera Dickerson deserves the credit for this solution.
In the photo below I have my rough sketch at the bottom and the tracing of it on tissue paper at the top.  



(The tissue paper tracing of the buildings and road.)

I darkened the lines of the tracing paper with a Sharpie because of the dark paint already on the paper.  After placing the tissue paper on the paper I brushed on some acrylic gel working from the center outward.  The tissue paper is easily ripped so a light touch is essential.   Once the gel dries the drawing is ready for paint.


(The tissue paper drawing darkened with a Sharpie has been applied to the painted paper. )

This painting was a great opportunity to apply all my new knowledge and try to avoid previous mistakes.  I think this will make a great study for a much larger landscape.

Thanks so much for staying with my blog through two-thirds of the challenge.  Please check back for the next ten days.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Day 19 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 19th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017




Rushing Water
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 6 inches


This challenge is about painting submerged rocks and rushing water.  There is a local artist who has won many national awards painting this type of scene.  I have seen several of them but never really thought about the why and how they were designed and constructed until working on this painting.

Underwater stones and moving water are a very busy subject.  Typically the painting is designed to have the forest and foliage playing a minor role.  My painting would have been much stronger had this thought occurred to me earlier in the process so lesson learned -- too much forest for the busy stream.

I decided to take a less traditional approach to creating the rocks.  A sea sponge made a "netting" of darks.  I used a home-made stamp using pieces of fun foam attached to a mat board to stamp stone shapes in lighter colors.   And I used a couple stencils to create even more irregular rock shapes in middle-tone colors.


(My apologies for the quality of the photo.)

 I hope you can see the stamped stone shapes on the beginning painting at the left.  On the right side of the photo: the blackened sponge is in the upper right,  paint-stained stencils are in the center right and lower right.  The home-made stamp is in the center.

Another important part of the painting process was working in layers.  A layer of acrylic gel was applied to separate the layers (beginning, middle and final).  The gelled surface allowed me to apply the lights on top of the rocks to indicate the rushing water.

Thank you for following along on my blog.  I appreciate your support as I work through all these landscape painting challenges.




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Day 18 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 18th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


Shady Path
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches


This path is actually at a local park just beyond the ballfields.  It circles around the perimeter for a mile and is popular with walkers.  It is a challenge to paint shadows and I think more so in acrylic with its faster drying time.  

Shadows are transparent.  I kept reminding myself of that fact.  The colors needed to change as the shadows fell on different surfaces: gravel, fallen leaves, sticks, mud, etc.   While shadows are still a learning process,  I am inspired to paint more dramatic shadows like these in future works.

Many thanks for staying with my blog for this painting challenge.  The days are zipping by quickly!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Day 17- 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 17th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017



Inlet Path
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 6 inches

The challenge of painting paths is set in a very different landscape and subject matter -- sea grasses.  However it is based on several winter visits to Cedar Key, FL.  Fortunately I had some good reference photos from those trips to help me decide on colors and shapes.

As I was painting my husband walked in the studio to change a lightbulb for me.  He looked at the painting on the table and said "I really like this".   I almost did not respond as he so seldom expresses an opinion.

Sometimes you just need to accept that the painting works and be happy.


PS: Here is the underpainting created by wiping excess paint off my brush when working on today's painting.  The wonderful assortment of neutrals both warm and cool can easily be seen as well as the beautiful blues.

Thanks for keeping up with my blog during the second half of this challenge.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 16th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Stepping Stone Path
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches

Those of you who followed the 30 Day Challenge last September (2016) may remember a blog where I wrote of my frustration in painting rocks.   

Today's challenge was to paint a stepping stone path.  Fortunately I had a wonderful reference from a friend's garden.  We had planned to paint plein air that day but the rain chased us inside.  When it stopped we dashed out to take photos.

I deliberately kept the number of colors in the stone steps to a minimum repeating the same colors found in other parts of the painting.  The rickety handrail connects the top and bottom of the composition so the viewers focus stay on those stones!  

Many thanks for staying on this "path" with me.  (sorry for the pun)




Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the half-way point (Day 15) of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


The Long Way
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

It's "hump day" for the painting challenge.  Fifteen painting completed!

Today's painting challenge is a a road the extends far away from the viewer.  It is another perspective issue.  Even though the landscape is abstracted the issue of perspective is still important to its "readability" or success.  

It is a common opinion that abstracts are easier to create than more realistic works.  I think it is the opposite as all the painting principles (like perspective) are even more important to make the painting successful.

I want to thank everyone for making it to the half-way point of this challenge with me.
Hope you continue on to the finish on my blog.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

January 14 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 14th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


Side Road
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches

A very odd title for a painting which needs some explanation.  This work began as an unsuccessful plein air painting from this past November.  I had chosen a location that included a path that came off to the left from the main trail.  A simple problem to paint or so it seemed.  

I went home frustrated and began reading plein air articles and books.  And so the idea for this challenge seemed clear.  Paint 30 landscape paintings that each present a challenge.   Each challenge is to help me practice all types of landscape "problems".  I sometimes think that painting is simply another form of problem-solving.

This work is an exercise and it is the start of a series on paths and roads.  I love this style of abstracted landscape and this exercise should hopefully make my future ones better.


This gessoed paper is covered with acrylic paint.  

As an added bonus today I have a photo of how I do underpaintings.  I simply do not like starting on a white background.  So when I am painting I will have a piece of paper or small canvas by the palette.   I wipe the excess paint off my brush onto the paper or canvas to clean it before dipping it in the water.   They are then stacked on the shelf and when I have a painting in mind I choose one that seems to have the appropriate colors.

You could say it is an efficient way to do an underpainting.   Or you could say it is a cheap way to do an underpainting.  Or you could even say it is a more environmentally-friendly way to dispose of excess paint.  Maybe it is all three?

Thanks for checking on my blog today.  

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 13th day of leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


Reflections in the Pond
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
6 x 6 inches

One more painting with reflections that utilized the underpainting created by Art Graf (see Jan. 8 blog) pigments.   This square composition adds a much different feel to the reflections.  The fall colors are much more muted being pops of color in the light and dark green woods.

I have enjoyed this series of water reflections and will move into other landscape challenges for the rest of the 30 days.  Although I reserve the right to sneak a few more so be on notice.

The painting challenge is nearly the half-way point.  Thank you all for keeping up with the blog. 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 12 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 12th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Floating Color
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
7 x 5 inches


And here is another mixed media work that utilized the underpainting created by Art Graf (see Jan. 8 blog).  The landscape challenge of painting reflections is progressing and I am feeling a bit more comfortable with them.    What makes me especially happy is that I think the reflections are becoming more abstract.

The vibrant fall colors of the clump of trees are a contrast to the soft and cool colors of the distant forest and mountain.  The composition also fits well into the size and shape of the paper.   It was a indeed good time painting this afternoon.

Thanks for stopping by today. 
 I appreciate everyone who is keeping up on the challenge with me.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 11 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 11th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.



Brookside Cabin
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
7 x 5 inches

This is another mixed media work that utilized the underpainting created by Art Graf pigments (see Jan. 8 blog).  You will also recognize the cabin;  here it is turned using different paint colors and light conditions.   

The colorful underpainting created the base for the fall colors in the woods behind the cabin.  A little of this same underpainting color extended further down the piece of paper which gave me the idea to create a small reflection.  The challenge was to create a brook to contain that reflection in the lower two-thirds of the work.  

Several practice runs finally yielded a result that looked like it belonged with the cabin and woods.  And I was reminded again that the beauty of this challenge is not to create "blue-ribbon" art.  This challenge is to consistently spend extra time painting and experimenting to create your best art.

Thank you for keeping up with my progress.  


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 10 -30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Today is the 10th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Tall Pines, Little Cabin
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
6 x 6 inches

This work also began with an underpainting using the Art Graf pigment (complete details on Jan 8 blog).  Much of the red and yellow glow is from this first layer.  

I found a reference in my photo library of a cabin we visited one November afternoon in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  Southern forests still have a bit of color left even as late as Thanksgiving.  

 The landscape challenge was painting pine trees.   This photo also provided an opportunity to play with the light.  The cabin is similar in value to the lower shadowed woods so it does not command attention.  However the peak of the roof directs the viewer's eyes toward the largest area of red and yellow-greens behind the pines which is the focus of this work.

Thank you for checking the blog today.  
I appreciate your support during this 30 day painting challenge.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 9th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Long Reflections
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
7 x 5 inches

The challenge of water reflections continues today with moving water.  In another view of the landscape featured yesterday,  the reflections are long and not clearly distinguishable.  The long and narrow shape of the paper also emphasizes the bits of color reflecting off the bottom of the paper.  

This painting also utilized the Art Graf pigments for the underpainting.  I am still experimenting with this product and having fun.  

Many thanks for stopping by the blog today.  I hope that you are enjoying these challenge paintings.




Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 8 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 8th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


Still Morning
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
8 x 8 inches


Today's landscape challenge is painting reflections.  As the title indicates the water is still so the reflection is a clear "mirror" image.  However the process to complete this painting was a bit different, well actually fun.


Thanks to the Art Box in Lynchburg I was able to get a set of Art Graf pigments in primary colors.  These blended pigments are in a shape similar to tailors chalk and are water-soluble. 


Step one was to sketch in the shapes of the landscape blending them lightly to create a wider variety of colors.


Step two was to spritz with water and see this intense color explode on the sealed paper.  This certainly gave the underpainting a fresh and exciting feel.

After sealing with acrylic spray and then covering with a coat of acrylic gel,  I added several layers of acrylic to further define the landscape shapes.  The mirror image shapes of the reflections were the challenge of this work as it always needed to be in 'balance".   

 I tried to respect the underpainting and not completely cover it.  And while the colors in the finished work are a bit more muted, hopefully the painting still feels fresh.

Thanks for checking back in on my blog and the painting challenge.   




Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 7 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 7th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017


Cold Moon
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
10 x 10 inches

This painting is a double challenge.  First it is a nocturne with a full moon (December's full moon is called the "Cold Moon").  I have been intrigued by the plein air painters who stay out all night painting.  One of these painters noted that she insists her husband sit with her all night so she does not get scared.   Actually I think the thought of painting in such low light is kind of scary.   However the beautiful full moon last month had me enjoying the magical scene out the window.

The other is that it is a snow scene.  Although I spent several years in New England enjoying the beautiful winter landscape,  I did hand-built pottery rather than paintings then.   Fortunately a trip to Draper, VA last February after one of our heavier snowfalls of the season provided a good reference.  

So I created this painting remembering the glow of the building lights on the snow those many winter nights in New England.  And thinking back on how many details could be seen in the landscape during a full moon.  However my intention was to not include too many details to allow the spectacular light display of the nocturne the "shine".

One week completed for the challenge and I hope that I have kept your interest to keep you coming back next week.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.






Friday, January 6, 2017

January 6 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 6th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.



Check the Weather App
by Judith F Lochbrunner 
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

This small painting is another "cloud" exercise.  These clouds are an excellent subject as they defy the common assumption that clouds are white.  I really enjoyed playing with the many colors in these cumulonimbus clouds. When I see a sky like this, it is certainly time to check the weather.... usually on my phone.  

The farm is one that I have been considering for a painting for quite some time.   I wanted to do something more than just the collection of buildings.  This is an excellent study for a larger work.  I am looking forward to playing with more landscape ideas in the upcoming days of the challenge.  My goal was to practice landscapes but the result may be several larger works based on the challenge paintings later this winter.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today to check on the challenge.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January 5 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 5th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.




No Meetings Scheduled
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on collage
10 x 10 inches

Another view of the same church from yesterday takes the subject to a view that looks toward abstraction.  This painting is done on top of paper covered with collage.  If you look carefully you can see the bubble wrap texture in the trees behind the building.  Other sections of the painting are also laid out with collage to create landscape shapes.

Perspective is still in mind with the building although the front-on view minimizes most of the challenging angles.  A ruler was still handy for drawing.  The perspective technique of overlap was used.  The building overlaps the sky, mountains, field and trees visually pushing them back.  

Another perspective technique is the use of color.  Cooler colors as in the mountains recede.  Warmer colors as in the yellows in front of the building come forward.  The color palette again takes its inspiration from the Farmhouse Chic designs.   

Thanks for coming back for an update on the painting challenge.  




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

January 4 -30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 4th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.


The Old Church
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
8 x 8 inches


Today's landscape tackles perspective.  Yes, it was time to get out the ruler and draw lines to make sure all the angles were correct.  However, I did not want the painting to look like it was part of a set of architectural drawings.

The challenge is to make the building look "acceptable" in its setting without it becoming hard and distracting with too many details.  The idea was to paint this old church and show the loving wear and tear of many years of services.  I wanted the focus to be on the simple wreath on the door to welcome those who walk up the stairs from the dirt path.

Colors are muted almost like those found in Farmhouse chic designs to emphasize the sense of simplicity and age.

Thank you for keeping up with the challenge on my blog.  I appreciate your time to check today.






Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 3 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 3rd day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.

 "Don't be afraid to make the viewer question what you have done (thus catching his interest)." 
--Phil Metzer author of The Art of Perspective.

More about perspective in future posts as the today's topic is a finally-finished small painting that began as a plein air work.  We set up next to the very popular Greenway near Black Dog Salvage.  While I am accustomed to having people stop and ask questions, I was simply not able to talk to the many, many people who stopped by my easel that day AND paint.



House on the Hill
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on paper
6 x 6 inches

The only task I accomplished that day was to draw in the house.  As is typical for this area the foundation of the house is quite visible due to the steep slope.  This foundation proved to be an excellent opportunity to repeat the roof color and create a nice contrast with the pthalo blue in the foliage. 


(An indoor set-up using the palette sheet from that day and 
paint from of my plein air box to complete the painting.)

After considering the almost-finished painting, it still needed some more exciting shadow colors in the house.  And this is where I added pthalo blue to the porch and roofline.  Any questions?

Thanks for keeping up with my blog and the challenge.  







Monday, January 2, 2017

January 2- 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 2nd day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge for January 2017.


Just Too Darn Much Texture
by Judith F Lochbrunner
12 x 12 inches

Several months ago I read a couple articles about adding texture to painting surfaces.  Most of my paintings already utilize a textured surface and I enjoy working on that surface.  

However this information inspired me to add a very heavily textured surface to a few canvases.  I decided to use one for another cloud painting.  I thought that it would actually make the cloud easier to paint.  The uneven surface would cause the brushstrokes to become even more irregular.

And my conclusion is simply that too much texture is just too much.  The overall feeling of the painting is "soft" and "squishy".  No line holds its straightness and no shape holds its edge.  While I do like how colors from previous layers are caught in the low spots, it is not enough to rescue the painting.  

So I appreciated the experience painting the cloud but decided to go back to my slightly textured surface for good (or at least not for quite some time).

Thank you for stopping by to check on the January Painting Challenge.  
I appreciate your thoughts and comments.









Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 1 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the first day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge for January 2017.


Brilliant Sky
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas
12 x 9 inches
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One of the major goals for this 30 in 30 Painting Challenge is to put extra time into painting landscapes.  I am determined to improve my plein air skills next season.  While these works will be studio pieces, the variety of subjects and locations should help build experience and skill.

"Brilliant Sky" is a cloud painting.  I seldom paint clouds so for Day 1 a dramatic sky scene has been created.  This week there were several colorful sunsets and interesting clouds.  Just looking out the window helped me finish this painting.

Thank you for starting this painting challenge with me.  
Please leave your comments.  And check back tomorrow.